Touch The Dark Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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Take the tour and meet some of today’s bestselling authors who write provocative, sensual romances with heroes and heroines who aren’t afraid to “touch the dark”.

“Touch The Dark”
An Anthology of Interracial Fantasy, Sci-Fi, & Paranormal Romances
Release Date: October 1, 2015
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LaVerne Thompson – “Angel Rising – Redemption”
To walk the earth she must feed her hollow soul.
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Some of the most beautiful people in the world are not human. They have no soul, feel no emotion and are pure evil. You can tell by the color of their dark, dead eyes. Samuel Glaus knows this. He is the son of a human mother and soulless father. He is after all half human and a hunter of the soulless. He is also in love with one who cannot love him back.
Thalya is a soulless creature, but unlike others of her kind, she does not kill to feed her hollow soul. She hungers only for emotion and above all, she hungers for Samuel’s love. Her enemy. Her redemption. And she’s willing to kill for it.
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Ursula Sinclair – “Shadow Wars Homebound”
We don’t belong here.
Blurb:
Did you ever feel as though you don’t belong?
Veil had been a step out of place all his life. Until one day he found a phone that took him on a path far beyond the world he knew. But to get all the answers he had to save the princess he fell in love with – only to lose her once he made her a queen.

Nikki never felt she quite belonged. Until she met a man who saved her life and placed her on a throne she never knew was hers. But in order to be queen and save a world at war, she had to give up Veil.

Would you walk away from the love of a lifetime if you could prevent the destruction of a planet?
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L. Penelope – “Angelborn”
He gave up eternity for love… and lost
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It’s hard to be normal when you see the dead everywhere. So I gave up. I just focus on staying out of their way. But the guy haunting my roommate is different. He’s impossible to ignore, and now other people can see him too.He says my roommate is the only one who can save him from an eternity of torment. But one night he follows me into my nightmare and rescues me from my demons. Now he’s all I think about. This must be what it’s like to fall… for someone who can never be mine.
Caleb
A lifetime ago, I found my soulmate in the human world. But being angelborn means I don’t have a soul. When I lost my one true love, I lost my future and my freedom. Now, I have a second chance – she’s been reborn and I must gain her love again or serve out the rest of my eternal sentence alone.But this time I am a fugitive with powerful angels hunting me, and I’m running out of time. You only get one soulmate, and mine isn’t the broken, scarred girl, who sees what no one else can. She’s a distraction I can scarcely afford – but I’m unable to stay away from her.
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Ines Johnson – “Spirited Away”
Shanti never expected the trip to find herself would lead her out of this world.
Blurb:
While on a mission to ‘find herself’ at an Indian ashram, Shanti Rodriguez is abducted by a pair of alien brothers who sweep her off her feet, and then the planet.
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Lolah Lace – “Hunters Hit List”
Hunt or be hunted.
Blurb:
Someone has a vendetta against vampire hunters. Famed vampire hunter Scar Buckley finds herself entangled in the center of a battle between vampires and hunters. She is determined to fight for her life. She needs help from the infamous Fox brothers to ensure she lives to see another day. Scar finds herself in a steamy romance she never saw coming while her ex-boyfriend stalks her. Will she live to see another day or die in the hands of her vampire enemy?
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Rae Lori – “A Kiss of Ashen Twilight (Book 1 in the Ashen Twilight Series)”
Worlds collide when a Nightwalker Prince and a Aziza Fae fall in love.
Blurb:
Ariya, an Aziza Faerie, crosses into the mortal realm to escape a vicious and deadly elemental creature. She discovers an underground world of Nightwalkers, Lycans and Shifter Elves hiding beneath human’s eyes. When she falls for the Nightwalker Regent Prince Jace Archane, love and loyalties are tested as an age-old rivalry unmasks a new enemy.
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Stephanie Williams – “With Friends Like These”
With friends like these…who needs sex toys!
Blurb:
A reluctant Heir Apparent, a reluctant soul-mate and an all too eager BFF, bring lightheartedness and HOT LOVIN’ to this story of love, and finding oneself. Drake and Seth are not your normal neighbors. In fact, they’re not normal period! But neither is Roxanne Watson, their neighbor and soul mate.

The problem is convincing her to be their one and only, and oh yeah, come into their world of vampires and werewolves.Roxanne is special, but Drake and Seth are having a hard time to get her to see things their way. Even with the help of her crazy psychic friend, things are not staying on track.Roxanne wants to commit all her friends to the asylum. They’re all crazy! But as time goes on, she begins to doubt her own sanity.
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Krystell Lake – “Birth (A First Blood Novel)”
Everlasting life comes with a price…her freedom.
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Before the unrest of the Civil War, a young slave girl falls in love with her Master’s son. Emerald is enamored with the liberal young John Adams. After the war Emerald and John create a warm life for themselves. A life that is free from segregation and discrimination. Their serene life is turned upside down when John is nearly killed on a hunting trip with his older brother William. John and William learn that they were infected with vam pox. They are now immortal vampires with an undying thirst for blood.With this curse, John vows to preserve his human bloodline, therefore preserving his humanity. With this gift, William embraces vampirism and the power it commands. Being a vampire doesn’t change the brother’s emotions. It magnifies them. As a vampire William is still envious of his younger brother John. John has everything William craves, his human family and his beloved Emerald. William will do anything and stop at nothing to get what he wants. Vampire William always gets what he wants.
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Yvonne Nicolas – “Silent Screams ~ Book 1 of the Dragon Queen Series”
Torn between darkness and light, can Rayne save mankind from evil?
Blurb:
R&B sensation, Sharayna “Rayne” Piers, lives her life dedicated to her music. On stage and in the studio, she pours her heart and soul into the lyrics of her songs, hoping to deliver a piece of herself to the listeners. But ever since her twentieth birthday, her seemingly normal life has taken a turn to the dark side.

Piercing screams and horrendous acts of murder seizes her mind, haunting her night and day. Women similar to her in age are vanishing all over the world without a trace. It leaves Rayne wondering if the rash of disappearances is connected to her visions. Soon, she will discover the world she was raised in is just a cover for what really hides in the shadows, and that her life as a human is a deception to mankind, a guise to conceal her true nature. Will she shun the darkness that has befallen her or step up to the throne and become what she was created to be?
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Serenity King – “Passion Unleashed: Nylora’s Fate”
Unleashed passion has led Nylora to a fate unknown.
Blurb:
Caught between Fate and Passion, Nylora finds herself trapped in a world of the unknown. Her best friend, Uta Thurmaine, warned her to stay away from Max’s bar, but she doesn’t heed her words. Will Nylora’s encounters change the course of her life forever? Or will Passion and fate collide, thrusting her into the point of no return? In the wake of a blood feud within the family, Costin Riszen has watched over the human – Nylora – for some time now. When Nylora disappears into the night, it will take all Costin possesses to find her and keep her safe – even if it means binding her to him forever to do so.
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Bria Knight – “The Alphas & Olivia”
Two males one female, what’s a werewolf to do?
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It happened, just as she was leaving work…Olivia Todd wanted nothing more than to drive home to her cabin in the woods after a hard day’s work. But after she encountered a brawny “creature” that had other plans for her, the curvaceous nurse’s uneventful life would never be the same.

He sank his teeth into her flesh…At first Olivia thought it was a dog bite. But that night, when her body became a boiling pot of lust and her thirst for release could not be quenched on her own, she began to wonder. Just what happened to her? Where did these animalistic urges and heated craving for sex—hard, fast, and rocking—come from?

A visit from detective Callan Goldstein gave her some answers, but left her body craving more than he could give her. Encountering Alaric Bridgewater changed all that…When Olivia came face to face with that thing…that being who’d claimed her…transformed her…she knew she must have Alaric in her bed. But she wanted his good friend Callan too.
With two tempting males there for the taking, what’s a newly formed werewolf to do?

This ménage romance is part one of a series. It contains STRONG, SEXUAL CONTENT and is intended for ADULT READERS ONLY (18 years and over).
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Dariel Raye – “Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable”
Sexy wolf-shifter, passionate veterinarian, deadly enemy.
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Dark Sentinels – Book One: Sable Sable, a sentinel wolf shifter, is captured and locked in his wolf form until Akila, a veterinarian, tries to tame him and unleashes a 6’5″ baby blue-eyed surprise.

Dr. Akila Marshall is a veterinarian with a calling – save as many stray animals as possible. The only child of wealthy, yet distant parents, she’s convinced that love is not for her. Until…

Sable’s search for his twin sister leads him to Akila. Born into a rare species of wolf shifters whose main purpose is protecting others, he has always been forced to fend for himself, but Akila’s loving, protective nature draws him – and not a moment too soon. Together, they must learn to trust each other enough to overcome a new, deadly enemy.
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Monday Musings: The Case Of The DNF

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Oooooh this post will surely ruffle some feathers, but you know me, I gotta speak on it so here goes:

  1. Should books be returnable items?
  2. Should readers be allowed to review books that they’ve admittedly did not finish or returned?

I will be the first to admit that I’ve returned a book or two in my time. They either offended me on some level, or the writing was just so bad that I considered it a defective item and returned it. Did I feel guilty? Hell nah. I felt at the time that I didn’t get my money’s worth so I was justified in returning it. That was until I came across a Facebook thread where a lot of authors bemoaned:

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My immediate reaction:

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But then I went back and really read some of the comments, and the authors were saying things like Amazon shouldn’t allow returns once their book is purchased, I’m losing income blah, blah, blah…But then there was one comment that gave me pause, and that was something to the effect of “I consider returned books theft of intellectual property”… Hmmm…

How is returning a partially-read book theft of intellectual property any different than receiving an ARC, which I could easily manipulate and pass off as my own or sell to the highest bidder? Or are they considered two different things when one is purchased and the other gifted? I’m just thinking out loud at this point, but I get it though. I see both sides of the coin.

As a consumer, if I spend my money on something that doesn’t deliver what sold me on it in the first place, am I not entitled to get my money back? Writing a critical review is an alternate solution (But who really takes reviews that seriously? If you wanna read it, you’ll buy it anyway right?), but why should an author be rewarded by getting to keep my hard-earned dollars?

As an author, I’d be hella pissed too because yeah, a returned book affects not only my bottom line, but my sales rankings and visibility, not to mention the mental or emotional toll it must take on you when you see the ratio of sales vs. returns.

I’d like to hear some other opinions on this. I haven’t returned a book in a long while, but my Kindle graveyard sure is growing. I could buy a new pair of boots if I could return some all of those books.

New Release: Work Song by Danielle Allen

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When society tries to put you in a box, knock the walls down. –Tati Green

“You have a pretty face” is such a back-handed compliment. It’s like telling me that my face is beautiful, but the rest of me is not.

Despite what society says, my curves are hot.
My love life, on the other hand, is not.

My mom says I’ll never find love because of my weight.
My sister says I’ll never find love because of my personality.
My almost-fiancé says I’ll never find love because I’m incapable of loving anyone.

My mom and sister are full of it, but my ex kind of has a point.

At twenty-seven years old, I’ve never been in love. I date a lot, yet sparks never fly. But when I experienced the heart-pounding, skin tingling feeling for the first time, I didn’t think it would be caused by a guy I’ve never met. And I damn sure didn’t think he would end up holding my future in his hands in more ways than one.


 

 


Danielle Allen is a lover of football, fashion, film and fiction. Married to the yin to her yang, Danielle spends most of her time with her husband, family and friends. From karaoke nights to vacationing and everything in between, she enjoys making the most out of the life in which she’s been blessed. Danielle spends her days teaching and event planning and her nights writing.

Danielle Allen is the author of the Back to Life Series (Back to Life, Back to Reality, Back to December*), Love Discovered in New York, Autumn & Summer, the Heartache Series (Heartache, Heartfelt, Heartless*) and Work Song.








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Cover Reveal: Power, Privilege & Pleasure by LaQuette

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Power Privilege & Pleasure

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When truth isn’t the best answer and duty must come before love.

Alexis-Jeovonni Tenetti is the most prolific legal mind of her time. She uses her genius to create intricate solutions for the problems her clients often find themselves in. Her mind sees what most can’t, providing her with the ability to initiate and master the manipulative games she’s accustomed to playing. Her ability to outthink everyone else around her has kept her successful and in control of almost every aspect of her life, and the lives of the clients she serves.

After all, control is necessary to keep things in order. Order is the only thing that keeps chaos away and allows most people to embrace the illusion of freedom. She was all too aware that freedom came at a cost and was often a privilege of those in power. The one time she’d forgotten that fact and relinquished her control had resulted into the living nightmares that chased her even in her waking hours.

Life had taught her in a very vivid way that there were only two options in her world…control or be controlled. And the latter just wasn’t an option she was willing to entertain.

Sometimes the only way to regain control is to stop playing the game…

Elliot Alan Quillen was raised in big business; he had everything at his fingertips until a tragic accident stole the most important thing in the world to him. Deciding the brass ring that had been dangled in front of his face was no longer an incentive for letting others control him, he walks away from everything his privilege has offered him.

Cast aside by his overbearing family, Alan is left to pick up the tattered pieces of his life and soul alone. He’s resigned himself to feeling nothing but the pain of loss for the rest of his life until his first encounter with his new boss’ lawyer clues him in that he might just be ready for something more.

Arrogant and frustrating, Alan quickly learns to suppress his desire for the lady lawyer and her infuriating mouth. If only he could stop daydreaming about what that mouth would taste like on his tongue, then maybe he could stop the desire that he’s been fighting like hell to bury along with the rest of his emotions.

When secrets from A.J.’s past come spilling out of her tightly sealed closet and bring danger to her door, Alan has to make a choice. Willingly step into another set of manipulative power games, stand by her and forgive her secrets, or let a murderous maniac decimate A.J. and her entire family.

Or will they both realize that her power combined with his privilege could equal the ultimate pleasure?

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Excerpt:

“Are you having second thoughts about this, Quillen?”

“No, I just don’t want you to think this is all about the sex to me. I hoped when we finally arrived at this point I’d have time to wine and dine you before we ended up screwing like bunnies. Not to mention, this is your brother’s house. You sure he’s not going to come for me if he finds out I’m screwing his baby sister?”

She crawled over to him, straddling his hips, planting the seat of her jean-clad cunt over his hardening dick. Damn, he hadn’t even gotten her completely naked and he could feel his balls inching up.

She pushed against his chest, and he leaned back, taking her with him, until his back was flat against the bed. She placed her hands on either side of his head and braced the weight of her slim build on her locked arms.

“Funny enough, just before my brother told me to bring you over here, he insisted that I get laid.”

“Your brother told you to bring me here to have sex with me?” He didn’t care how cool John was, there wasn’t a man alive who cared about his sister that would invite some shit like that to go on in his house.

She laughed a bit and shook her head. “No, John doesn’t know that you and I have been seeing each other. He is concerned that I’m working too hard and not spending enough time enjoying the important things in life like fun, food, and fucking.”

Alan nodded his head, that he could definitely picture her gruff brother saying.

“You took care of me, Alan. You didn’t have to, and even when I threw myself at you, you didn’t take advantage of me. I’ve never met another man who’d do those things and didn’t expect anything in return. I’m not sleeping with you because I feel as if I owe you something. I’m sleeping with you because I’ve wanted to fuck your brains out since you first walked into my office five years ago. The fact that you did all that nice shit for me beforehand, well, that just makes me want to get naked with you even more.”

“God woman, that mouth,” he chuckled against her lips

“If my memory serves me, you said, ‘You have the sexiest fucking mouth I’ve ever seen. It would look so much prettier stretched around my cock than spewing the venom you insist on spitting.’ Did I get that right, Quillen?”

“Every fucking word,” he growled.

“Then let us make better use of our time and my mouth,” she suggested.

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About the Author

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2015 Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award Finalist in Erotic Romance, 2015 Swirl Awards Finalist in Romantic Suspense, LaQuette, a native of Brooklyn, New York, spends her time catering to her three distinct personalities: Wife, Mother, and Educator.

Writing–her escape from everyday madness–has always been a friend and comforter. She loves writing and devouring romance novels. Although she possesses a graduate degree in English Lit, she’d forego Shakespeare any day to read something hot, lusty, and romantic.

She loves hearing from readers and discussing the crazy characters that are running around in her head causing so much trouble. Contact her on Facebook, Twitter: her website: http://www.LaQuetteLikes.com, Amazon, her Facebook group: LaQuette’s Lounge, and via email at LaQuetteRomanceAuthor@gmail.com.

 

New Release: Autumn Kisses by Te Russ

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When Rowan Hunter begins to suffer from a bout of the proverbial writer’s block, his editor offers up his beach cottage in Martha’s Vineyard. Prepared to relax, unwind and pray that the words begin to flow again, he gets an unexpected surprise one evening.

To the world she is known as the eccentric jazz singer Sapphire Woods, but to the small town of Oak Bluffs Massachusetts on The Vineyard, she is simply Laurel Asher, their best kept secret. In need of some time out of the spotlight to work on her next album, Laurel goes to the one place that’s always been home.

Thanks to a misunderstanding, Laurel and Rowan end up under the same roof. As the house has more than enough room, they decide to share the place. But what neither of them expects is the sensual attraction that begins to build up. As the color of the leaves begin to change and fall to the ground, these two find themselves falling as well–for each other.

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Rowan breathed in and out deeply as he ran down the beach for his evening jog. There was something different…more peaceful getting his daily exercise done on the beach. Back in the city when he ran, the city smells of gas exhaust surrounded him, now he was taking in the salty sea air. Instead of listening to his music to block out the sounds of grumpy people and horns blaring in traffic, he was able to leave his headphones back at the house and just enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on the shore.

He’d been in Martha’s Vineyard for almost two weeks now and he’d fallen in love with the place. He could imagine staying there forever. It was as if time slowed down, even stood still out on the island. Especially since the vacation season had passed. He’d arrived at the perfect time and thank his lucky stars he’d even been able to write a little. It wasn’t much yet, but it was better than nothing.

He’d done as Harry asked and called to let him know when he’d arrived at the island. Harry told him, again, to make himself at home and take as much time as he needed using the house.

He’d spent the first few days exploring. His ego got a little boost by how many people recognized him and asked for his autograph or wanted their picture taken with him. But they weren’t over the top about his recognition, which he appreciated. The town of Oak Bluffs was low key and laid back.

Rowan made his way back to the house, waving and speaking to the few people along the beach, out for an evening stroll. Once he was on the porch he stomped his shoes, getting the sand off of them before he walked into the house. After he felt like he wouldn’t leave a trail of sand in the house, he went in through the kitchen entrance off the side of the house.

He went straight for the fridge, grabbed a bottle of water out and drank it down in a few gulps. He grabbed the hoodie he’d worn to fight off the evening chill and was about to pull it over his head and start for the shower when he heard a click behind him.

His pulse began to quicken, recognizing the distinct sound of a gun being cocked.

“Don’t move.”

He raised an eyebrow and felt something further south raise as well. He hadn’t expected the person he was sure had a gun pointed at the back of his head to have a voice so silky, so smooth and so damned arousing.

You could very well be shot right now, he told himself, and you’re turned on by the sound of your possible killer’s voice.

He shook his head as a chuckle slipped out.

“I said don’t move,” she said, more firmly.

“Hey,” he said, calmly. “There must be some kind of mistake.”

He was about to speak again, when he heard the sound of a low menacing growl.

Great, she has an attack dog too.

“You’ve got five seconds to explain what the hell you’re doing in my house.”

“Your house?”

“Yes, this is my home. And you’re trespassing.”

“I’m not trespassing…can I at least turn around?” he asked.

He could sense her hesitation. Finally she said, “Slowly, with your hands up.”

He did as he was told and for a brief second he thought he might have already died and gone to heaven. The woman in front of him looked like an angel, with her big halo of tight curls spiraling around her face and across her shoulders.

She stood there, gun pointed at him with her feet braced firmly apart ready to pull the trigger if he so much as blinked wrong. And beside her was a bull mastiff standing tall and looking ready to defend its mistress. The dog was so massive, he stopped above the woman’s waist. He wondered if she walked or rode the huge animal.

“I’m not trespassing,” he repeated. “I was invited.”

“By whom?” she demanded.

“Harry Asher.”

He could tell by the look on her face that she recognized the name. She took one hand off of the gun and reached into her pocket.

“Don’t move,” she said again, as she pulled out a phone. She dialed a number and put the phone on speaker.

“Lolo! How are you, my girl?”

Rowan instantly recognized Harry’s voice. He would have breathed a sigh of relief, but he didn’t feel like he was in the clear yet.

“Uncle Harry?” she said, her voice full of apprehension. “Is someone staying at the beach house?”

“Yes, I sent one of my clients out there. He needed somewhere he could write in peace. I didn’t tell you since you’ve been out in L.A. for awhile.”

“Well, I’m not in L.A. anymore,” she mumbled.

“You’re not? Wait…are you at the beach house?”

“Yes, I’m at the beach house.”

Harry must have heard something in her tone, because suddenly his voice was frantic as he said, “Christ Laurel! Put the gun down.”

Clearly Harry knew his niece well. What was probably more accurate was he’d taught his niece well.

She instantly dropped the gun to her side.

“Coltrane!” Harry said next. “Stand down boy.”

The once intimidating dog, whimpered, tucked his head and laid down at Laurel’s feet.

“Hunter? Are you okay?”

Rowan removed the hoodie from his head and watched as Laurel’s eyes grew wide with recognition.

“I’m fine Harry,” Rowan said. “But thanks for helping get things cleared up.”

“No problem. How’s the writing going?”

“It’s getting better.”

“Good. I’ve got a dinner meeting so I will let the two of you hash the rest of this out yourselves. Oh and Lolo?”

“Yes, Uncle Harry.”

“Put my gun back. And apologize,” he ordered, before hanging up the phone.
Laurel slid her phone back in her pocket and glanced up at Rowan.

“I really am sorry,” she said quietly, looking embarrassed.

Rowan grinned at her and said, “You were protecting what was yours, right? I’m just glad we got things worked out before you actually used that thing.”

“It’s just that sometimes squatters try and stay in the vacation homes in the off season.”

“You don’t have to explain anymore. But how about we do some proper introductions,” he said, walking toward her.

He held his hand out to her. “I’m–”

“Rowan Hunter,” she said, slipping her hand into his.

He looked at her with a raised eyebrow.

“I recognized you after you took your hood off,” she said, sheepishly.

“Next thing you’re going to tell me is you’ve read all of my books and you’re a huge fan,” he teased.

He watched the corner of her mouth tilt upward as she said, “Your headshot in your books doesn’t do you justice. You’re much more handsome in person.”

“Is that a fact?”

She smiled again and pulled her hand away from his. “I’m Laurel,” she said.

“Harry talks about you all of the time,” Rowan informed her.

“He probably exaggerates,” she said, rolling her eyes.

“And who is the behemoth?” he asked, although he’d already heard Harry called the dog by his name.

“This is Coltrane,” she answered.

“Interesting name. Hey, there Coltrane.”

At the sound of his name, Coltrane barked and stood on his hind legs. Rowan held his hand out and Coltrane sniffed it for a second. Once the dog decided he wasn’t a threat after all, Coltrane swiped his large tongue across Rowan’s hand.

“Well,” he said, trying shake the slobber off of his hand, “it’s nice to meet you too, Coltrane.”

He looked up at Laurel and grinned. “And it’s nice to meet you, Laurel, despite the circumstances.”

She hung her head, blushing again. “You have to let me find a way to make it up to you.”

“That’s not necessary–”

“I insist,” she interrupted. “I just got in, so I’m feeling kind of gritty from the plane ride. So how about we get cleaned up and then we can go out for dinner. My treat.”

“Okay,” he relented. “I’m in the master bedroom, if that’s where you stay I can get my stuff and go upstairs to shower.”

“Don’t worry about it,” she said. “The second story suite is my favorite spot anyway.”

He nodded then they turned in opposite directions to head for their bedrooms.

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About the Author:

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Té Russ found solace in reading at an early age and a vehicle which broadened her horizons. As an adolescent she used writing to express her unspoken words. Since then, she has gone from writing stories in diaries to attending college for journalism and falling in love, which has allowed those youthful words of love to blossom into a series of stories in her romance novels. This Texas wife and mother of three can be found reading, skydiving, cheering for her MMA fighting husband at, buzzing down the interstate on the back of motorcycles, or kayaking.

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Monday Musings: When Fangirls Attack

201412_2306_hcbce_smChile, I can’t…Even Drizzy can’t deal with all the crazy ass drama that goes on in the romance community, and this is the reason why I’m no longer a part of any author-based Facebook group. I hate to even go here, but when you get a bunch of women together, you know somebody’s bound to get in their feelings at some point. It’s become less about the love of reading and the discussion of books, and more about how much ass can I kiss to get in this author’s good graces so I can become Super Fangirl, and how many naked man asses can I post to be popular and get likes. Now, I’m all about having fun and letting loose, but what happened to genuine book discussions or just talking about stories and authors we love?

Now don’t get me wrong, I have my fangirl moments, but some of these chicks are worse than the Beyhive (That’s Beyonce’s crazed, snatch-your-edges fan base if you come out yo mouth wrong about their queen.) Don’t even think about writing a review less than 4 stars if you value your life. The fanhive will make you question your own sanity. I’m like, “Are these authors paying you?” DON’T ANSWER THAT!

I, myself, have been the victim of a fangirl sting or two. And you wanna know the sad part? The author did not do jack to diffuse the situation. Not.a.damn.thing. Chick just sat there and watched it all play out cause I questioned why she wrote a scene the way she did. So, when did this?

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Turn into this?

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Blog Tour: Best Kept Secrets by Shelly Ellis (Giveaway Included!)

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coverBEST KEPT SECRETS BY SHELLY ELLIS
PUBLICATION INFORMATION
ISBN: 1617733997
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Pages: 352
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Genre(s): Women’s fiction, African American literature
PLOT SUMMARY
Between the fall-out from his father’s latest shady business dealings and his wife Charisse’s alcoholism, Evan Murdoch has his hands full. But he should be most concerned about the scandalous affair Charisse is having right under his nose–with his half-brother. Evan’s being pushed to the edge, and no one knows that better than Leila Hawkins…

Leila is back in Chesterton, divorced, penniless, and desperate enough to do anything to save her mother’s home from foreclosure–including turning to Evan, her former best friend. But Evan isn’t interested in friendship. Instead he makes Leila a shocking indecent proposal…

Meanwhile, Evan’s newlywed sister, Paulette, wants to be the perfect wife. But a blackmailing bad boy ex has reappeared in her life–and he’s threatening to reveal her most painful secret…

The scandals just won’t quit–and for everyone involved, desire, betrayal, and lies are all in a day’s work…

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BOOK LINKS
Amazon: http://amzn.com/1617733997
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/best-kept-secrets-shelly-ellis/1120843660?ean=9781617733994
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25739781-best-kept-secrets
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/best-kept-secrets-11
Indie Bound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781617733994

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AUTHOR INFORMATION
BIOGRAPHY

Shelly Ellis HeadshotShelly Ellis is a NAACP Image Award-nominated women’s fiction/romance author and creator of the Gibbons Gold Digger series. Her fiction writing career began when she became one of four finalists in a First-Time Writers Contest when she was 19 years old. The prize was a publishing contract and having her first short-story romance appear in an anthology. She has since published five novels and has been chosen as a finalist for 2015 NAACP Image Award in the Literary Fiction Category, 2012 African American Literary Award in the romance category, and won a 2013 Angie Award.

She is married and lives in Maryland with her husband and their daughter.

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AUTHOR LINKS
Website: http://www.shellyellisbooks.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shelly-Ellis-554332437931239/timeline/
Twitter: twitter.com/ellisromance
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6464591.Shelly_Ellis

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Blog Tour With Xyla Turner: Bombshell

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Bombshell by Xyla Turner

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ISBN: B00WZYKQ62

Publisher: Azina Media Publications

Pages: 271

Format: ebook

Genre(s): Interracial Erotic Romance

Date of Publication: July 15, 2015

Plot Summary

Tired of dealing with the sexist, dominant men at her corporate job, Samantha Wilde started her own company. After hearing some life-altering news, she literally bumps into a man who knows what he wants regardless of her situation and is willing to pursue her no matter the costs.
Joshua Kelly is a successful business man. He has Samantha in his sights for not only business, but pleasure! He makes her a business proposition that she tries to refuse, then he moves in for the kill with a relationship proposal. She is almost helpless to stay away from him, because he represents the type of dominant man that she wants to avoid but his touch is addictive. Maybe this kind of dominant isn’t so bad.

This story is about the realities of sexual encounters and how to move on from what you cannot change. Based loosely on a many true stories.

Book Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WZYKQ62

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25489216-bombshell

Author Information

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Xyla Turner was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has always been a writer, even as a teenager, she wrote short stories and essays that won awards and nationwide competitions. Xyla is an avid reader of romance novels and a sucker for sassy females and dominant males. She is a lifelong learner, High School Vice-Principal and a pretty good Auntie. Outside of reading, Xyla likes to spend time with her family and friends, experiment with dangerous adventures and travel. She writes different genres, but her favorite is romance.

Xyla has her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Masters in Education Administration. She is also a web designer and a Life Coach. She will forever be an educator, innovator and entrepreneur.

Author Links

Website: www.xylaturner.com

Blog: http://xylaturner.com/xylas-blog/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorXylaTurner

Twitter: www.twitter.com/xylaturner

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/xylaturner

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Monday Musings: I’m Done

I give up

Inspired by my girl Sharonda over at Brazen Babe Reviews

I’ve struggled for a few weeks whether to even post this or not because I feel there is a time and place for everything. I think when you’re trying to cultivate a brand or at least maintain some air of professionalism, then you just have to suck some things up and take the L. But dammit, I’ve sucked up more shit than a Dyson, and I’ve got to empty it out!

Let me state for the record: I do not blog for profit (Not yet anyway). Nor do I blog for favor. I do this because I fucking love romance novels and reading about women who look like and represent me!

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With that being said, I am no longer entertaining authors who do not reciprocate the love I show for them. What do I mean by that? This means I get quite a few requests for spotlights or blog tours or what have you, and I most often comply because, let’s keep it real for a moment, there are not a lot of outlets for authors who write about black love (whether it’s AA, MC, or IR) to get some shine, and THIS is why I so readily agree to promote their work. I do not charge for this (like some of the bigger, more popular blogs do.) I do not ask for a free book (cause I truly loathe writing reviews, but I make it a mission to review every ARC I receive). All I expect (because I don’t ask because foolish me, I assume it would be a given) is that if I spotlight you or share your tour or new release (either at your request or through a formal sign up) is that you share my post or link to it somewhere on your social media. This is how I get paid in a sense. I’m giving you free press, so all I’m asking is the same in return, but like Biggie, I gets nathannnnnnnnnn.

I’ve said enough. I feel much better now…kinda. I’m just letting it be known that this is the deal going forward.

And to the authors (and dedicated readers) who always have my back: Love y’all!

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Series Spotlight: Alfonzo by S.W. Frank

11692556_1660922347455372_1941061322132383454_nIf you do not like mafia series or if you’ve never read a mafia series, then this one will change your entire perspective. This, is the quintessential mafia series by which all others can be compared.

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I discovered this series in my “suggestions” on Amazon. I took one look at this cover and was like “Harpo, who dis?” From the moment I read book 1, Alfonzo, way back in 2012, I have been hooked like dope. If I even attempted to summarize all 18, yes, 18 books, you’d be reading this post into next week.

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Why do I love this series so much? Because, it is everything you could want in a mafia romance: Action, drama, gore, deception, mystery, hilarity, hot sex…S.W. Frank leaves nothing to the imagination with her often poetic dialogue (which admittedly took me some getting used to.) Peep the family tree, and then I’ll break down a few of my favorite characters.

A must when dealing with a mafia saga cause everybody is connected in some way!
A must when dealing with a mafia saga cause everybody is connected in some way!

Allow me to introduce you to a few of my favorite characters. If you’ve read the series, who are yours?

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Alfonzo Diaz, The Puerto Rican Don

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Nico IINico, The Enforcer

Geo IIGeo, The Comic Relief (among other things)

Ari BioAriana, The Thief and thorn in many sides

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Book 18 is now available, and I never want this series to end.

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