Blog Post: Author Spotlight on AJ Adams

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AJ Adams novels are all self-standing and although some feature the same families, you need not read them all – although it would be awesome if you did!

The Degas Girl

Organized Crime. Dark Romance

Degas cover.jpgSerenity Bishop is a work of art. Her skin a canvas, decorated with the scars of her evil captor’s twisted abuse. But her tormentor, Angelo, is about to lose control.

Zachary Schiavelli is an art thief and forger. His handsome face is merely the mask that hides a cold, calculating man whose own childhood of abuse has honed him into a remorseless killing machine. Zachary is about to take an intense disliking to Angelo.

In a violent tale of mob rule where violence begets violence, an unlikely alliance between two forces of nature is about to change the face of organized crime. When Serenity and Zachary collide, it’s an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, and everyone around them is about to get caught in the crossfire. A complete novel with no cliffhangers. A violent tale of mob rule and dark romance. Warning contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and sex. Adults only.

degas6.jpgHe wore jeans and a turquoise T-shirt. The colour made his eyes look blue instead of green. I wasn’t fooled by his looks and his gentle ways. This man had a will of iron, and by the way he looked at me, I could see he was just as determined to control me as Angelo. He just used his tongue instead of his fists.

 

I’d go along with it, because anything that kept me out of the hole meant I had a chance to escape. I’d pretend to be docile, and as soon as he fell asleep or took his eye off me, I’d make a run for it.

 

He looked me over, frowning slightly. Suddenly I wondered if he was changing his mind. Maybe he wasn’t going to let me eat. Maybe it was a game. Maybe he’d show me the food, and then tie me up and leave me to starve while he stuffed his face. I was trembling at the thought.


Beast

Fantasy, Dark Romance

beast cover.jpgHe stuck the knife in the ground and stripped off his leathers. The tunic came off, revealing a long, lean, muscled torso, covered in tattoos. Snakes ran up and down his arms, his pecs and his shoulders. A skull blazed on his chest.

Then he was pushing apart my legs, settling between my thighs, leaning over me. He smelled of smoke, leather and musk. It was terrifying, like being at the mercy of an animal.

Falsely accused, Wynne is determined to clear her name. However, a trip to petition the Steward at Brighthelme turns disastrous when the Beasts, fearsome warriors from the frozen north, raze the city. When Wynne is carried away, she’s determined to regain her freedom but Rune, her captor, has other ideas.

Beast is set in Prydain, an imaginary place that combines Anglo-Saxon England with Medieval England, the Teutonic Kingdom and the Viking Age. This story contains kidnapping, dubious consent and graphic violence, however, it is a love story rather than a dark romance. It is a standalone novel; no cliff-hangers.

 

Warning: This book contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and sex.


Helpless

A Belial MC novel

helpless cover.jpgFracas Macintyre has been in and out of trouble all her life but this time it’s worse than ever. In debt to a loan shark, she’s caught up in a war between the Alistairs, nicknamed The Irish Mob, and Belial’s Disciples, England’s nastiest MC. Kidnapped and at the mercy of Caden Winslow, Fracas is convinced that life is going to get very nasty indeed.

Caden Winslow is an ex soldier used to taking care of business. When an Alistair henchman steals his beloved Busa, he simply takes one of theirs hostage and expects a simple trade will solve the problem. However, Caden is about to be pulled into a war.

Warning: This book is a dark romance. It contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and sex. It is for adults only.

 

I opened the boot, and at the sight of the girl, Crush began grinning. “Hey, is that for me, too?”

“You can go fuck yourself!” The little tart blew up instantly. “You evil bastard, let me go!”

“Whoo! I like her!”

Crush is a man who enjoys performing to the stereotypical outlaw biker image. This time I could see he meant it, and so did the girl. She opened her mouth, spotted Crush’s cut and went very quiet.

“You can’t have her. She’s my collateral.” I pulled her towards me, snapped through her ankle ties with the box cutter and threw her over my shoulder. She muttered furiously, but she’d stopped fighting. I could feel her raise her head and look over the crowd of gathering Disciples. She shivered and went limp. I guess she didn’t like the look of the party.

Crush was still curious. “Collateral for what?”

“Alistair’s man took my Busa.”

“You’re shitting me!”


The Bonus

A Zeta cartel novel

Organized Crime. Dark Romance

bonus cover.jpgChloe is a seasoned drug courier who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Facing a lingering and painful death at the hands of the Zetas, Mexico’s most brutal cartel, she persuades their enforcer to claim her. Has Chloe made a huge mistake, or will her choice prove her salvation – and his?

Warning: This book contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and sex.

 

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Deliverance

Action, adventure, Organized Crime.

Dark Romance. BDSM

deliverance cover.jpgMac is all set for an undercover job when an old friend lands him with Pepper, a human trafficking victim of a Moroccan-Turkish crime syndicate. Unable to turn her away, Mac now has two missions: to infiltrate a terrorist training camp in the Sahara and to be a Master for Pepper.

Warning: contains graphic violence and sex.

Standalone novel, no cliffhangers

 

 

 


Songbird

A Zeta cartel novel

Organized Crime. Dark Romance. BDSM

When cartel boss Artursongbird cover.jpgo Vazquez discovers his girlfriend Gina is a DEA rat and his deputy Escamilla is staging a take-over, Arturo fixes his problems by killing everyone – except for Solitaire, Escamilla’s unwilling mistress. Solitaire is intelligent, tough, and shares Arturo’s interest in BDSM. Arturo falls head over heels but someone is leaking information – and the evidence point at Solitaire.

 

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“You’re the big boss.” She looked up at me and smiled. She was dressed in a cheap cotton shirt and jeans that should be on the burn pile, but that smile was pure gold. This girl had guts.

“I told José he was a fool to try and cheat you,” she said. “I wasn’t part of it, and I don’t work for you. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

She’d heard about our policy protecting bystanders. Of course it doesn’t apply to anyone whose eyewitness testimony can put me in a courtroom. Well, try to put me in a courtroom. In Mexico nobody would dare accuse me, and I’ve enough resources in England to guarantee a police investigation would come to nothing, but it’s not my style to take chances. Solitaire would be going into the ground along with Escamilla.

“Mr Vazquez,” Solitaire gave me her best smile. “I don’t expect something for nothing.” She dropped her voice. “You’d like me,” she whispered. “I’ve heard about you. We’re the same.”

“Are we?”

“Yes, I can make you very happy.” She brushed my hand over her cheek and then kissed my palm. “I’m a very good girl,” she said quietly. “Unless you prefer a naughty one?”

She sucked my thumb, and I was instantly rock hard.


Dirty Dealings

A Zeta cartel novel

Organized Crime. Romance

dirty dealings cover.jpgI could’ve fucking strangled her. She knew it too because she stepped away quickly. “Touch me and I’ll have you!” she snarled.

“Bruja mala leche! What the fuck do you think you’re playing at! You can’t push me around!”

“Sure I can.” Her eyes were slate grey, the same colour as the sky, and just as cold. “I need help, and you’re going to give it.”

“What the hell are you talking about?”

“I’ve got a situation. I need someone who isn’t afraid of murder and mayhem.”

I should have charmed her, offered to help and maybe it would have settled it, but I was too mad to even consider it. “Help you? Over my dead fucking body!”

She shrugged. “We can do it that way, too.” She took out her phone. “I’ll call you soon, hopefully within the hour. If you still refuse, I call Smith.” The eyes were hard. “I’d rather not shop you, because I hate that bastard, but I will if you make me.”

I gave her my number. I mean, I wanted to kill her, but in London they notice things like bodies in the street. Especially if you’re careless enough to do it in broad daylight next to a cop shop.

Quique is having a bad time. Back in Mexico his marriage has fallen apart and his wife has made him a laughing stock by cheating on him. Now he’s in London and finding himself out of his depth with a complex commercial deal. To make things worse, Natalia Truelove, a chef and pub manager, is blackmailing him. Quique is ready to commit murder and he’s pretty sure who his first victim will be.

 

Warning: Dirty Dealings contains strong adult language and themes as well as graphic violence and fully depicted love scenes.

 


About the Author: I write cartel and crime romances, with twisted dark heroes and feminist arse kicking heroines.

My real name is Ellen Whyte. In my non-novel life I’m a syndicated author who has published roughly 3500 articles and 10 non-fiction books with publishers that include Pearson and Marshall Cavendish.

 

 

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Book Tour + Review: The Hazards of the Old Ones by Ren Garcia

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About the Book

Life ends, new life is born. Everything balances. When Carahil, an Elemental Spirit, witnesses the destruction of an entire world, he’s faced with the ultimate question: how far is he willing to go to save it? Carahil will gather friends-like Lord and Countess Blanchefort, renowned Fleet Captain and ex-Black Hat, to help. He’ll destroy lives, like that of Captain Davage’s best friend and first officer, Lt. Kilos, who is made to quit her job aboard the Seeker and go into the dreaded Hazards of the Old Ones: a place where only she can stand. Carahil will also search out disreputable sources like the scalawag Duke of Oyln, who has something malicious and wailing locked away in his dungeon. To make matters worse, hidden forces threaten to destroy everyone Carahil needs to help him. Ominous messages from nowhere, surprise visits, phantom people and taunting voices complicate matters. However, the most dangerous threat to this mission could be Carahil himself, who faces demonic transformation for getting involved and may upset the cosmic Scales of the Universe in a bad way. Carahil, though struggling to achieve a greater good, might be the cause of a horrific tragedy instead. Hell awaits should he fail.

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Review

“Look at me and see what is to come…” his twin said again. He didn’t want to look, but his evil twin insisted. “Look, look. See the dying. Listen to the screaming… Can you hear it?” Can you hear it? He looked into his twin’s wide eyes and saw everything. So much death, so much loss under purple skies and upon sandy ground. He listened to dying mouths praying to be saved. “Save us!” “Save us! Who will save us?” “What have we done to deserve this?” He stood there on his haunches and wept, unable to turn away. “You can save them,” he said. “None of this has to be. Simply go there and perform a miracle, listen to their praise. They will love you. They will lift their cups and call you a god. Be a god for them…and set me free.” “I can’t—I can’t simply save a bunch of people, I’ll become a demon! I’ll go to the Windage!”

What would you do if someone came to you and said that many others were in danger and needed you to save them? What if you weren’t allowed to save them—but had to watch as they suffered? This author shares an entire universe of adventure and mystery with his readers, one filled with creativity and depth. What will be the outcome of unlikely friends, lovers, criminals and those who they rule over?

Davage and Lt Kilos are out on business throughout the year, attending to different necessities in space and on different planets. While they are away, Carahil (an elemental spirit created by Lady Poe) is visited by what seems like his twin, telling him that many people will suffer and die if he doesn’t set him free. He comes up with the brilliant idea of having others assist him, like Lord and Countess Blanchfort (a once Black Hat, changed into Silver Tech), Lt Kilos and the Duke of Olyn (a scalawag). Being faced with a dangerous ultimatum, what will become of this adventure, especially with the all-powerful sisters making unwelcome appearances and notes appearing from an unknown source named “M”, warning them all of danger and death? Where will this journey lead and how can they overcome the obstacles?

Garcia has a superb story-line and complex characters that are unbelievably creative and strong. The content is truly amazing by the sheer originality and descriptiveness. At first, the pace may seem a bit slow, but it does pick up speed once the characters become familiarized. There are little to no errors, making it an easy read…but it is a lengthy book. If you are a reader of fantasy and science fiction, this may be perfect for you. It is strongly advised that since this is classified as dark fantasy, it is not recommended for children or teens due to content.

A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.


About the Author

ren-coloredRen Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative “League of Elder” book series is published by Loconeal Publishing.

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Release Blitz: Choosing Happy by Samantha Harris

 Madison Buchanan’s life has imploded…

 

Her husband left her for his nineteen-year-old intern, leaving her alone and faced with starting over in her forties. With the help of her feisty best friend, Madison reinvents herself, armed with a new look and open to new possibilities.

 

 

 

Sean Taylor is gorgeous, fun, and young—very young…

 

 

 

He hasn’t had the best of luck. Sean’s track record with women is less than stellar, but when he walks into The Den one day, he just can’t help but be captivated by a dark haired beauty with the sad eyes and killer legs. She’s a little older, but he doesn’t discriminate. More than anything, he wants to be the one to make her smile.

 

 

 

Sean personifies the only thing that has eluded Madison all of her life—joy…

 

 

It was meant to be a fling, something fun, with no strings and zero drama, but Sean wants something more, and Madison is just not ready. She’s lived by the rules her family, her friends, even her boss have laid out for her, but her new life is not what she expected. Being with Sean opens feelings she never thought she’d experience.

 

The the demands of her family and her job throw her boring, simple life into chaos, and Sean is no exception…

Madison is left with a choice. Give in to the expectations of the world around her—or choose to follow her heart and be happy.

 

But choosing happy is so much harder than it seems.

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Samatha “Sam” Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid.

 

Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read.

 

Twitter: @samathaharris08 ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ Amazon Author Page

Somewhere In Between

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Blog Tour: Teach Me To Prey by Samantha Jacobey

 

Teach Me To Prey
Samantha Jacobey
Genre: Mystery Suspense Thriller
with a romantic twist
184 pages

 

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Rebecca Stewart had never let things get personal with her students; a mistake that could cost her far more than a broken heart.

 

Jason and his friends enjoyed tormenting teachers. When they set their sights on Miss Stewart, nothing would prevent them from bringing her down.

 

Avoiding Jason’s advances and navigating an epic clash of wills, the young woman felt relieved to see graduation day finally arrive. Little did she know, it wouldn’t end there. Pregnant and alone, she could only keep her secrets for so long.

 

After one of the boys is found murdered, the police haul her in, but she denies having done anything wrong. Can she convince them of the truth before all three of the young men fall victim to a killer, forcing her to raise her child alone?

 

Find out in the action packed thriller…TEACH ME TO PREY.…
 
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OVER 15 5 STARS REVIEWS, here’s a sample:

 

From the prologue to the epilogue I was hooked. The story of a teacher’s struggle with students alone made this book worth reading. I highly recommend this book for anyone that is looking for a good summer read.
~ Diane Potos

 

GREAT READ!!! This book was NOT what I was expecting…It was 1000x BETTER!!!! Samantha Jacobey has written a dark read that will leave you guessing until the very last page!!! I LOVED this book and HIGHLY recommend it!!!  ~ Ebony Arrington – McMillan

 

Definitely a 5 Star Read! The story has twists and turns and the ending may not be as you expect!
~ Lori Lazzara

 

A 5-Star Must Read! I really enjoyed this book – the author knows how to keep your interest until the very end! ~ L. Remenicky

 

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Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations any where at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.

 

I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.

 

 

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Book Blitz: Open-Up! by T.G. Harris, MFT

Welcome to T.G. Harris, MFT – Tanishia is a renowned Life Coach, counselor, author, speaker, and radio personality, host, brand ambassador, and now new author!
 
We are excited to introduce her book to you all today!


Tanishia is a renowned Life Coach, counselor, author, speaker, and radio personality, host, and brand ambassador. She is a conscious transformational expert who thrives on enlightening her clients to step boldly outside their comfort zone and into their greatness. She assists her clients in reaching their highest potential and attaining their lifelong dreams and goals through a powerful series of steps she developed called the Open-up Coaching Method. She embarked on a similar journey as the one you are undertaking, assisted by many of today’s well-known self-help gurus. That is what led to her desire to become a Counseling Psychologist and an Open-up Life Coach.

After the birth of her first daughter (who is now a teenager), she immersed herself in yoga and meditation and has dedicated her time and energy to becoming profoundly aware of her own inner growth and awareness while assisting her clients to do the same. She is a powerful & intuitive high performance coach for those who are ready to hold themselves to a more fulfilled purpose in their life & business.

Tanishia studied earth sciences as an undergraduate at UCLA, and while there, she decided to intern with the Semel Neuropsychiatric Institute. Serving as a resource counselor for HIV+ at-risk youth and women, Tanishia knew she found her calling in the field of Psychology. She went on to obtain her Masters of Science degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She didn’t want to wait until after she graduated to start working with clients, and she also realized that she enjoys coaching clients outside of the normal therapy that she provides in the clinical setting. She launched the Open-up Coaching programs and began speaking and lecturing about her own personal experiences of opening up and healing. She had A LOT of healing within herself that needed to be done.  Her deep desire for self-realization, healing, peace, and balance within herself drew her to the field of coaching and psychology.

Tanishia is very intentional in her practice when working with her clients and she believes that a lot of the challenges her clients are faced with stem from old childhood beliefs systems and paradigms that are operating in the subconscious mind. She believes that we are no longer victims of the past. Today we can move beyond mere survival, and embrace our ability to thrive!

Tanishia also provides mental health services for clients wanting more of a therapeutic counseling session. She provides counseling services to those in need and works under the supervision of a licensed psychologist while she is attaining her hours for licensure. 

Tanishia is a true environmentalist and she believes that being green is a consciousness, not a trend. She has a deep connection to the earth and all things natural. She sits on the Board of Friends of Geography at UCLA and is also a volunteer with the American Red Cross. 
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This book is written for anyone who has a genuine desire to move forward in their lives but, despite numerous attempts, nothing seems to be working and you keep ending up with the same outcomes year after year. You will learn how to recognize habitual patterns of thought that are sabotaging your life on an unconscious level. Everyone has good intentions for their lives and ultimately wants the best outcomes, but oftentimes we get in our own way by allowing self-destructive thought patterns to impede our good intentions—without actually knowing we are doing so. I know this all too well because this was my life for several years.This book was written because of my own personal experiences in life, and the experiences of my clients that I serve in my practice. This book gets right down to your core by unveiling the good, the bad, and the ugly about the way you think about yourself and everything that is happening in your life. In essence, this book is entirely about YOU! Most of us try to change ourselves at the level of our thoughts, but true transformation happens at the level at which you vibrate. You will learn how to completely shift your vibrational way of thinking and allow better circumstances to come into your life, whatever they may be. Whether you want to get unstuck in a relationship pattern or a financial pattern that keeps coming up, this book serves as a guide that will explore the moments when you get into trouble, and offers tools for learning to stay with your uneasiness, and offers concrete steps to get unstuck so you can finally move forward in life.

You will learn the O.P.E.N.U.P. steps: Observation, Permission, Experience, Not Identifying, Understanding, and Practice. These steps will serve as your doorway into revealing the very thing that is keeping you stuck. Once you discover those “hidden” truths about yourself, your entire state of being will be altered, and you will no longer resist all the good that life has in store for you.

 

 

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 Experience is having complete acceptance of ourselves as we are in a simple, direct relationship with our being. It teaches us not to close up and constrict ourselves by facing our fears and challenges head-on. This is accomplished by allowing the difficult feelings and emotions to have a space in our lives “temporarily” as we experience difficult events.
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Book Tour + Review: Margaritas & Murder by CeCe Osgood

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About the Book

Stephanie Plum meets Bridget Jones in this hilarious yet suspenseful cozy mystery featuring Sunny Truly, a brand-new apprentice private investigator in Austin, Texas.

When a long ago childhood friend is found dangling in a tree—with a dead man in her apartment—Sunny is hired to prove the friend innocent of murder.

Frumpy, earnest and stubborn, Sunny goes undercover as a glam-girl to ferret out suspects at the nightclub where her friend worked.

With the aid of her wise-cracking boss, Cleve Haylock, and swoon-worthy police detective John Rock, Sunny uncovers an ugly secret with deadly consequences. Will Sunny be the next victim?

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Review

Climbing out of the car, I stared up at the balcony, cringing as images bombarded me of Joyce grasping for anything to keep from falling, gravity pulling her down no matter how hard she fought, her mind realizing the pavement below would end her life. I reminded myself that was not what happened. The tree had broken her fall. She was in a coma but still alive with a highly uncertain future.


Sunny Truly is a private investigator’s…assistant. One day, she will have that title and she is determined to earn it. After an exhausting divorce and terrible career-shattering video on Youtube, Sunny knows that she has to have some seriously good karma coming her way sometime soon. When her and her sister’s good friend, Joyce, winds up in the hospital in a coma and a man dead in her apartment—Sunny is immediately asked to investigate. She knows that there is no possible way that Joyce could kill anyone, but must clear her name and find the real killer before she wakes up from her coma. Could this mystery become too dangerous for Sunny to handle when it seems like everyone who lives a life of the rich and famous has a motive to want someone dead?

Osgood has a great story-line with complex characters that are creative and strong. The content is original and the pace is steady. There are several spelling and grammatical errors throughout the read, but the story-line is solid. Since this is an advanced reader copy, these may have been cleaned up upon further proofreading, but if not, this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction, you may want to check it out. This is the first book in the Sunny Truly Mystery Series; therefore, readers can dive right in.

A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.


About the Author

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CeCe Osgood lives in Texas after many years in LA working in the film industry.  Her writing career includes magazine articles and screenplays as well as being a freelance story analyst (main client HBO). She also has had two screenplays optioned. Being a novelist has been her lifelong dream, and now it’s becoming her reality. She loves red wine and hates pretzels. CeCe’s first novel, THE DIVORCED NOT DEAD WORKSHOP, a chick-lit romantic comedy was awarded a Crowned Heart by InD’tale magazine.

Find her here:

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Author Interview

When did you decide to become a writer?

A very long time ago. I was in elementary school reading Greek mythology when I decided to write my own Greek myth about a wood sprite. Unfortunately my teacher did not care for my creativity. Years later, another teacher helped me discover journalism and, in high school, I wrote features for the school paper and later for my hometown daily. But then I got busy with life and working in the film industry, and only recently began to write novels.

 What are your ambitions for your writing career?

World domination! Or at least several novels that stay on a best-selling list for six months! If only…Seriously, I would be happy right now to write more Sunny Truly mysteries and another cozy series set in a small seaside town. I’m not sure which coast or state, but it’s cooking in my gray matter, way, way over there on a back burner.

 What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

I like sassy, determined female protagonists with a sense of humor. I don’t see how anyone can go through life without humor and the self-perspective humor brings to you. That’s why I like chick lit, because it involves the main character becoming more aware of what she wants and doesn’t want in life and love, and she does it while making mistakes or making a fool out of herself, but still keeping her sense of humor.

The Sunny Truly series is what I would call a chick lit cozy mystery because the reader is deep into the mind of the female sleuth as she tries to solve the murder mystery while still living her day-to-day life, which includes romantic encounters, and, of course, food, family and friends, especially girlfriends and margaritas (yum). I enjoy cozies because they include humor, a bit of romance (sometimes) and the sleuth’s family, friends, pets and the other characters that populate the main character’s world. Plus, there’s the puzzle of discovering whodunit.

Which writers inspire you?

For romantic comedy, I’m a big fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Sophie Kinsella. For mysteries, Joy Fielding and for darker stuff, Harlan Coben. As for cozies, there are way too many, but let me say right now I’m enjoying Diane Orgain’s cozy series.

 If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

I guess it would be my favorite classic, The Great Gatsby. The descriptive prose is scrumptious with its irony and humor, and, of course, its brilliant sense of the tragedy that emerges from chasing one’s illusions. Perhaps that’s why I like chick lit because the protagonist usually has to confront her romantic illusions, and learn what’s real and what’s not.


Blog Schedule

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Check out all the stops on the Tour:

Sept 10th

Enrayn – Book Review

Hello…Chick Lit – Book Promo Post

Sept 11th

Cafinated Reads – Book Excerpt

Gin, books and blankets… – Book Reivew/Author Q&A

Sept 12th

Steamy Book Momma – Book Promo Post

Writing Pearls – Book Review Novelgossip  – Book Review/Excerpt

Sept 13th

Judging More Than Just The Cover – Author Q&A

Sylv all about books and films – Book Promo Post

Christa Reads and Writes – Book Review/Guest Post

Sept 14th

Cynful Books To Read – Author Guest Post/Promo Post

He Said Books or Me – Book Review/Excerpt

Sept 15th

Grass Monster – Amazon/GoodReads Book Review

One More Chapter – Book Review

Sept 16th

BookLoverWormBlog – Book Review

Turning Another Page – Book Review/Author Q&A

Sept 17th

JenaBooks – Book Review/Excerpt

Book Lover in Florida – Book Review/Excerpt

 

 

Review: Swan Deception by Glede Browne Kabongo

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The perfect family, a house of full of secrets, and an ingenious killer out for revenge…

 

Dr. Shelby Cooper is a busy modern woman trying to balance it all—career, motherhood, and marriage to an ambitious corporate power player. But Shelby is not who she seems. The perfect life she’s constructed comes crashing down one afternoon when a stop by the police for a broken taillight turns into a terrifying battle for survival. A clever killer with a bitter vendetta is on the warpath, a killer who knows Shelby’s secrets—a psychotic genius hell-bent on revenge, and she won’t stop until Shelby and everything she loves is destroyed.

 

This diabolical psychological thriller chronicles the heart-wrenching unraveling of a family and exposes a shocking portrait of duplicity, vengeance, and betrayal that will keep you at the edge of your seat until the final, draw-dropping twist.

 

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They sat together on her bed. “What are we going to do, Abbie?” he asked. His eyes brimmed with fresh tears. “What if Mom doesn’t come home tomorrow or the day after?” “She will, Miles,” Abbie answered and rubbed his shoulders. “It’s just a mix-up. Remember the time you brought home Max Mitchell’s backpack by mistake because the two of you had the same bag? And you almost got in trouble the next day but then they figured out what happened?” Miles nodded. “Well, it’s like that with Mom. It’s a mistake. Once the police find out she didn’t do anything wrong, she’ll come home and they’ll look for the real bad guy.” “But what if they don’t find him? Does that mean Mom will never come back to us?”
 
What would you do if someone that you loved, was arrested for a dangerous crime? There would be so many questions and so much emotional insecurity, but at that moment, trust would mean everything. If your trust in someone was completely broken, that doesn’t just affect that person–rather it is a mutual loss.  Kabongo delves into this world, a world filled with deception and suspense. This author provides her readers with first person and third person accounts of a family suffering through an undeniably difficult and perplexing situation where the mother is charged with murder.
Shelby Cooper is a well known celebrity in the science world. She has two children, Abbie and Miles, a wonderful husband who also makes his own fortune, and a family pet. Everything for Shelby is perfect–or so that is what it looks like to everyone else. Shelby has skeletons in her closet from her past, a past that she has never told anyone, but someone knows. Someone is going around and falsifying evidence against her which will land her in jail. After the murder of a very close friend, the police find his body stuffed into the trunk of her car, but she has no idea how it got there. Mourning her friend, on top of threats that she has received, she is unable to do much to help find this killer without her family being in imminent danger. What will it take to catch this person…when it seems that they know everything about her, even the things that she has tried to run away from like her childhood life…and a teen pregnancy?
Kabongo has a terrific, fast-paced story with well thought out characters and an amazing plot. This story is well written and filled with creativity. This author does show a great deal of knowledge in psychology, which makes this novel very credible. If you are a reader of mystery, crime and suspense, this may be perfect for you.
A free copy of this fictional piece was provided in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

6580842Gledé Browne Kabongo writes intense psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family. She is the Amazon Bestselling Author of Game of Fear, Mark of Deceit (Eye of Fear Anthology), Swan Deception, and Conspiracy of Silence. Her love affair with books began as a young girl growing up in the Caribbean, where her town library overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. She was trading books and discussing them with neighbors before Book Clubs became popular.

She holds both an M.S. and B.A. in communications, and worked as a freelance news reporter right out of college. After she abandoned the dream of winning the Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for the Boston Globe, she jumped into marketing management for over a decade. Gledé lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

Book Blitz: On the Corner of Heartache and Love by Lisa Swinton

We have another wonderful book by author Lisa Swinton today!
It’s a fabulous, clean, sweet romance!

 

Lisa Swinton caught
the romance bug early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it
since. Consequently, she feeds her addiction with romance novels and films. In
between being a doctor’s wife and mother of two, she puts her B.A. in Musical Theater
to good use via community theater and church choir.
In her elusive spare time she enjoys researching her family
tree, painting her house, and baking, especially with chocolate. She loves
traveling, reading Jane Austen, and all things Italian. In her next life, she
plans to be a professional organizer.

 

 
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Maren’s stuck at the intersection
of heartache and love, but happily ever after might be just around the corner.
After three years, Maren Summers is elated to
finally have her dream wedding to her dream man, Kevin Bryant. In her sights is
the promotion to Weddings she’s worked so hard for at the newspaper. Happily
ever after is within her grasp… 

Until Kevin jilts her at the altar, elopes with
another woman, and becomes her boss. Devastated by the twisted turn of events
Maren moves in with her best friend and notices the not-so-homeless guy on the
corner, Zane Whitfield. As his heart-wrenching tale unfolds—his vow to wait a
year on the corner for his lost love—Maren sees his compassionate
human-interest story as her ticket away from Kevin, weddings, and her
heartache. 

But as the New Year approaches, is Maren headed
for heartache again if Zane’s lost love returns or has time changed more than
one heart?

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 “Fancy meeting you here,” a familiar voice said behind her.
Surprised, Maren turned in her chair to see Harrison standing there.
“Harrison!” She stood. “What are you doing here? Are you covering weddings along with funerals now?”
“No.” He motioned for her to resume her seat and took the empty chair to her right. “I’m a guest.”
“I didn’t see you at the wedding.”
“I know. I wanted to be here sooner but old lady Whipple passed away this week and I was stuck covering her funeral instead of here at my cousin’s wedding.”
“Are you a cousin of the bride or the groom?”
“Groom. We played a lot of street hockey growing up. I’m the reason for the scar by his left temple.” He smiled and waved at the groom who waved back. “What are you doing here? And why weren’t you at the Whipple funeral?” His forehead scrunched. “Wait a minute. What are you doing here? Aren’t you supposed to be on your honeymoon?”
“I guess you haven’t heard.”
“I guess not. Care to spill the sordid details?”
She played with the condensation on her water glass. “Not really.”

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Blog Tour: Piecing Together Sydney by Brittney Coon

 

PIECING TOGETHER SYDNEY
(A Sydney West Novel #3)
This year’s annual voyage to Malibu will be unlike any other… 
Sydney West is no longer a party girl looking for summer boys to occupy her nights. She has found love with Jason King and agreed to marry him. With wedding plans in full swing for the July deadline, everything seems to be perfect. 
Until someone from Jason’s past interrupts their summer getaway… 
When Jason turns cold and distant, the party scene beckons Sydney to return to her old drink-all-night ways. Only this time the guys at the bar don’t hold her attention, but when Sydney’s drink is drugged by a so-called friend—she kisses one of them. When Jason finds out, he leaves the beach house to clear his head, but a couple hours quickly turn into days. 
It’s hard to have a wedding without the groom… 
This summer is nothing like what Sydney had planned, and for the first time she’s afraid of the future. Sydney finally figured out what she wants and she isn’t willing to let Jason go without a fight. But is it already too late? Sydney will risk everything to… 
piece herself, and the life she wants, back together again.
Excerpt 1:
 
Next year was my senior year, and I’d be attending classes
as a married woman at the age of twenty-two.
God, what did I get
myself into? I only wanted to have fun. Now my summer boy will be my husband.
How insane is that?
I stared down at my ring, watching it shine in the sun. The
diamond captured the light perfectly, turning it into a rainbow of color. For
the rest of my life I’d wear a ring on my left hand. Forever Jason was going to
own my heart. He was a better keeper than I. My heart surrendered to a cage of
ice when it was in my possession. With Jason it was warm and cared for.
Someone cleared their throat a few feet in front of me. I
looked up and found Jason giving me one of his signature grins. That smile made
my stomach feel like it was filled with butterflies.
“Hey, Syd. Admiring your awesome rock, I see?” He chuckled,
sitting down next to me.
A blush burnt my cheeks. “Maybe. My phone’s dead, so I’m
bored. How was your test?”
He shook his head. “I told you last night you should plug
your phone in, but you never listen.”
I flipped my hair over my shoulder. “Because I would’ve
forgotten it on my way out.”
“Not if I unplugged it and put it in your bag before I left
for class.” He grabbed my left hand, running his thumb over my ring. “I’m good
at taking care of you, Syd.”
A shy smile tugged my lips upward. “Yeah, I know.” I leaned
forward and kissed him. He tasted like mint and coffee. I wanted to drink him
in and let everything else go. His teeth grazed my bottom lip, sending a coil
of need through my core.

 

Excerpt 2:
Jason put his fingers to my lips, killing my words. “Just
don’t scream…”
His mouth was on my collarbone, moving lower. His other hand
was at my back, trying to undo my bra as his left continued to rub me down
south.
I had to bite my lip to keep quiet. He tore off my shirt and
unhooked my bra. His shirt peeled off, and we were chest to chest. I straddled
him, rubbing myself on his member, awaking it.
Jason’s eyes rolled back. I sealed my lips to his to keep us
both from moaning. His fingers found their way to my breasts, rolling my
nipples into hard pebbles, making the ache within me grow into a raging fire.
I unbuttoned his jean shorts and moved his zipper down. To
remove his shorts, I had to move off of him and pull them all the way down. A
smile came to my lips when I found he was wearing Scooby-Doo boxers.
“How cute. I knew these would look good on you.” I had
bought them for him a few days ago, and he laughed, but I wasn’t sure if he’d
actually wear them. Guess I knew now.
A wicked grin took his lips. “Baby, I wore them just for
this moment.” With that, he placed his hands on both my sides and yanked not only
my shorts, but also my underwear down my legs.
I bent down and received a condom from his jeans’ pocket.
Our eyes locked as I bit it open and removed the condom. Jason leaned his head
back as I stroked his cock before sliding the rubber in place.
“You ready, baby?” I ran my hands through my hair, trying to
get it out of my face.
“I’m always ready for you.” His breath was uneven, and his
eyes locked upon me like I was the only girl in the world.
The pounding between my legs intensified, knowing it was about
to get what it desired. I placed my legs on either side of his hips. We kissed
as I slowly moved myself down upon him, letting my walls move and allow him
inside.
His hand caressed my breasts, bringing the left one to his
mouth. He gingerly bit it, making me throw my head back with a moan. His hand
went to my lips. I nibbled the pad of his thumb as I rocked myself against him.
The photo album slipped off the couch onto the floor. I looked down at it for a heartbeat. How times have changed for the better. That album could retire. This summer, I was going to have a new album…a wedding album.

 

Excerpt 3:
“Hey, did I wake you?” I crawled into bed and snuggled close
to him again.
He enveloped in me his arms. “No, but I moved my arm and
felt only empty space. I guess that woke me.”
I nuzzled his neck. “We’ve become that lovesick couple,
haven’t we?”
He chuckled, making his Adam’s apple bounce. “Maybe, but
we’re getting married. I think people expect us to love each other so much it
makes others nauseous.”
I traced his hair line down his stomach to the edge of his
boxers. “I guess. What should we do today? Amelia and Hunter are gone all day
and maybe all night too.”
Jason kissed the top of my head. “Remind me why they’re
ditching us?”
I sat up, propping myself up on my elbow. “Amelia wants a
little break from wedding planning and to enjoy the summer with her boyfriend.”
I shrugged, raking my teeth over my bottom lip. Jason’s breath hitched. The
reaction I was hoping for. “I don’t want to leave the bedroom today. I think we
need a break from the wedding too…” I rubbed my lips together and looked up at
Jason through my lashes.
“That’s one of the best ideas I’ve heard.” He flipped me
onto my back and kissed my collarbones. I wiggled under him. He knew I
preferred being on top and liked to tease me.
“Come on, baby. You’re killing me.” I couldn’t get out from
under him. His body pinned me to the bed.
He cackled, grabbing both my wrists in one hand and holding
them above my head. “Be still, and I’ll let you go.” His tongue ran down my
throat to my chest. He nibbled at the top of my breast. His free hand unhooked
my bra, freeing my breasts. “I love it when you only sleep in a bra and
panties.”

 

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*~BREAKING DOWN SYDNEY~*
★BOOK 1
*~SHADES OF SYDNEY~*

 

★ BRITTNEY COON 
Brittney Coon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a minor in Film and Media Production. Brittney has always been creative and turned to writing to share the stories playing through her head. In her spare time she reads, watches Friends, attends rock concerts, and hangs out with her cats. She currently lives in Arizona.
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★ AUTHOR INTERVIEW

When did you decide to become a writer?

I always toyed with the idea of writing as a kid, but I didn’t truly start until after graduating from high school. I started writing poetry and within a year I jumped to writing books.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I’d like to have all my books published. Right now I have three books published, nine books I need to edit and publish, and five books to finish. Not to mention countless other ideas to start. My main goal is to turn some of my books into films (and hopefully be their writer and director) and to make my rock star’s trilogy into a TV show. She already has two episodes written.

What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

I write mostly contemporary new adult romance and contemporary young adult. I usually read books in those two genres so I feel the most comfortable writing in them. My dream is to go into a book store and see my books next to my favorite novels.

Which writers inspire you?

Sarah Dessen, Ellen Hopkins, and Laurell K Hamilton. I have a lot of other books by different authors that inspire me, but those three authors truly helped me learn the craft of writing.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

This is such a hard question! I’d have to say If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman. Those books completely broke my heart and had me sobbing on my poor cat. Then Gayle stitched my heart back together. I love those books and it would be amazing to say I was their author.

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Book Blitz: World of de Wolfe Pack: My Enemy, My Love by Ruth Kaufman

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BOOK AND AUTHOR INFORMATION

My Enemy, My Love by Ruth Kaufman

Publication Date: September 6, 2016

Genre: Romance

ruthABOUT MY ENEMY, MY LOVE:

Lady Aline de Lacy is one of hundreds of people trapped between a chateau under siege and the French army’s camp in the midst of winter. If she survives, she yearns to return to her happy life as an earl’s daughter in England.

Sir Apollo de Norville, King Philip II’s messenger, prefers the freedom of the road to settling down with a wife and the responsibility of managing lands. But after he rescues an unconscious beauty from the cold and helps her recover from her ordeal, he’s commanded to marry her as a gesture of peace between their two countries.

Mutual attraction sparks, though neither wants to wed. Because he staunchly supports the French claim to the chateau, while she can’t fathom being tied to or having children with someone who works for the king who attacked her and her family.

How do you live with, much less love, your enemy?

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MY ENEMY, MY LOVE EXCERPT:

Apollo sat beside her on the bed, no longer hiding the longing in his gaze. She drew in a breath as he leaned forward slowly. Her eyes widened as he slid close, then closer until their hips touched. That slight contact heightened his desire.

He put his hand on her waist, welcoming the feel of her sweet curve in his palm. Closer still he moved. She didn’t pull away. One more slide toward her, ‘til their lips were inches apart.

 “What are you doing?” she whispered. Her breath smelled enticingly sweet.

“Seeing what we might have. And if I find what I think I will, and you do as well, perhaps we should wed. Desiring one’s spouse and welcoming his or her caresses would be something significant to build on.”

Apollo yearned to kiss her and assess her response. What would she taste like, feel like? Was there even a hint of compatibility? Perhaps they could be intimate and share pleasure, despite their opposing politics and loyalties.

So lovely. So sweet and soft. Soon to be his.

“I desire you, Aline,” he said, his voice low and deep.

“You do?”

“Yes. First, I want to kiss you.” Her lips parted, the sensual invitation spurring him on. “Then…we’ll see. What do you desire?”

Aline didn’t move away, but met his gaze boldly. And that gleam was back. Inquisitive. Clearly interested.

He angled his head slightly for better access to those soft, pink lips. Did she really want this, too, or was she using her feminine wiles to sway him to her cause? No matter, for she was willing. Ready.

They jumped apart as two young women entered, their arms laden with clothes, shoes and other feminine items.

If only they’d arrived a few moments later. He’d so wanted, nay, needed, to kiss Aline.

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ABOUT RUTH KAUFMAN:

Chicago author Ruth Kaufman’s latest novel is MY ONCE & FUTURE LOVE, Unsung Knights of the Round Table #1, which RT Book Reviews calls “a fantastic blend of romance and Arthrurian legend.” Three standalone books comprise her Wars of the Roses Brides series: AT HIS COMMAND, FOLLOW YOUR HEART and THE BRIDE TOURNAMENT. Accolades include 2016 Booksellers’ Best Award double winner-Best Historical and Best First Book-and Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® winner.

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