HerStory Anthology

March 15, 2013 2013, Completed Tours 1

HerStory Anthology
Genre: Woman’s Fiction
27 authors have come together to produce one awesome book to celebrate women! 

In ancient times, women were regarded as sacred. They were thought to hold the mystical power of creation—responsible for the continuation of our species. With the rise of science and religion, these myths were dispelled and their plight began.

HerStory: Fiction Honoring Women’s History Month is a collection of flash fiction and short stories from today’s top authors featuring female characters that exemplify strength of mind, body, and character. Some of these tales are based on real people while others are purely fictional. However, all are standing up for themselves and what they believe in.

Grab yourself a glass of wine or favorite hot beverage and get comfortable as you read about the lives of women who will light the fire in your soul.

This anthology features stories by Alexandra Chauran, Angelique Mroczka, Dahlia DeWinters, Danielle Villano, Dianne Hartsock, Dorothy L. Abrams, Gina Tonnis, Mary Terrani, Jodie Baptie, Justine Dee, Laura DeLuca, Lisa A. Adams, Lisa Cerezo, Lisa J. Yarde, Lori Beth Johnson, Lorraine Nelson, Marie Antonia Parsons, Megan D. Martin, Michelle Cornwell-Jordan, Mirella Patzer, Morgan Summerfield, Becca Diane, Lacey Wolfe, Sarah Cass, Shelli Rosewarne, Tara Chevrestt, and Toni Rakestraw.

Excerpt: 

Adella by Morgan Summerfield

A week later, Bliss was born.” Adella patted the arm of the child in her lap. “Doctors told me she would likely be retarded, given my ge and the complications over the nine months associated with my clumsiness.” Sarcastically, Adella spewed, “After all, one must be very uncoordinated to fall down the stairs so many times.” 

“How could people not see what was going on?” 

“People don’t want to see. They don’t want to believe that a neighbor, a friend, or a fellow worker is capable of such things.” 

“I don’t understand how a man can do that and not feel badly. Did he ever feel badly … apologize … show remorse?” Anger caused Tom to grip the steering wheel tighter and he forced himself to loosen his grip, for fear of alarming the woman. 

“No. I tried everything I knew to make him love me. But, I eventually realized that change was in his hands, not mine.” 

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~Tour Schedule~
Tour Dates April 1st – 13th
This Tour is for Spotlights only

2nd – Reading, Writing, and Roses
3rd – Find Your Next Read
4th – Viari Rose
5th – What’s Beyond Forks?
6th – Krista Ames
8th – The Ebook Reviewers
8th- The Talent Cave Reviews
9th – Tamaria Soana
13th – Melissa Keir
13th – Harlie’s Books
 
 
 
Tour Closed!
 
 
 
 
 

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Curve My Appetite by Melissa Kendall (1NS)

March 7, 2013 2013, Completed Tours 0

Curve My Appetite by Melissa Kendall
Series: 1NightStand

Genre: Romance

  Part of the Decadent Publishing 1Night Stand Series
 

Sally Austens’ sexual experience is limited and unsatisfactory at best. Now, as she turns thirty, it looks like the relationship train has missed her stop. When a friend tells her about 1Night Stand and suggests it might just change her life, she’s skeptical but shoots for the stars when asking for her perfect date. Go big or go home, right?

Dean Martorino lives in the public eye. Surrounded on a daily basis by society’s idea of stunning beauty, he longs for a woman with curves he can get lost in. At the suggestion of his long-time friend and manager, Dean shares his secret with Madame Eve hoping she can find him a match to fill his arms and satisfy his desires.

Can Sally accept the beauty Dean sees in her long enough to curve his appetite or will they both go home hungry?

Excerpt:
For the umpteenth time, Dean checked his phone. Still no text. He sighed in frustration. Thirty minutes after they’d agreed to meet, and no sign of his date.
 
His misgivings about the 1Night Stand concept weren’t eased by the fact she hadn’t arrived yet. He longed for something different, but one-night stands were not his usual idea of fun. He preferred long-term relationships. Jerry, his best friend had assured him Madame Eve’s services were more love matches than sex.
 
He’d laughed, at first, finding the whole idea ridiculous. He doubted even the mystical Madame Eve could find his perfect woman. Jerry had laughed, too, but then he got serious and asked, “What do you have to lose?”
 
Dean’s regular fitness regime kept him in shape and looking good for thirty-five. The women he met were stick-thin, self-obsessed, and semi-plastic, typical of the industry he worked in. Most of them were pretty, and though he’d dated a few, they weren’t what he fantasized about. No, in his dreams, the ladies all had natural and much curvier figures.
 
Big, curvy women had always fascinated him. Because he lived his life in the public eye, he’d been reluctant to go after what he wanted. At his age, though, with his career on the downhill slide, he realized he didn’t care anymore. He’d had his time in the spotlight. He wanted to settle down and have a family. Hence, he’d decided to find someone who loved him, not his public persona. He’d spent too long denying his true identity.
 
A knock made his heart skip a beat. She’s here. After a quick check in the mirror, he steeled himself and opened the door.
 
His mouth went dry and all coherent thought fled. Even if he had the words to express how she blew him away, he didn’t think he could find his voice. He ogled the gorgeous, buxom brunette standing in the doorway. His admiration cut short, as her face paled.
 
“You’re—” She stopped talking mid-sentence, her eyes rolled back into her skull.
Reacting on instinct, he reached out and wrapped his hands around her waist, trying to catch her before she hit the ground. However, instead of stopping her from falling, he was pulled to the carpet, too, both of them crashing in a heap.
 
Women fainted around him all the time. It no longer freaked him out. It was, however, the first time he’d fallen to the floor with one. Her pulse thumped strongly under his fingers. Relief washed over him; she was okay. The ridiculousness of it all hit him and a deep belly laugh escaped his lips.
 
Even with the less than successful start to his date, the feel of her in his arms had parts of him standing to attention. His curiosity dictated he find out more. Madame Eve had made an excellent choice. She might have found the perfect woman after all.

Buy Links: Decadent Publishing      Amazon      Barnes & Noble    ARe


About The Author:

 

 
Melissa is a 37 year-old stay at home mum and part-time Software Support Consultant. She lives in Perth Western Australia the most isolated capital city in the world. 
She’s always loved to read and write and spent most of her teens scribbling poetry and short stories on any scrap of paper she could get her hands on. Over the years as daily life pressures got in the way she lost the passion for it. After her son was born, she discovered online books and her interest in writing was rekindled. It has been a large part of her life ever since.
Author Links:   Site    Twitter    Facebook

 

~Tour Schedule~
 
Tour Dates April 15th – May 3rd
This Tour is for Spotlights and Interviews
April
4/29- Krista Ames – Interview
4/30 – Ciara Lake
May
5/1 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Interview
5/2 – Melissa Keir
 
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March 5, 2013 Uncategorized 0

We’re having a sale on our tour packages. We are booking for April and May.

Pink Rose
10 Stop Spotlight with Excerpt Tour- $12.00

Red Rose
10 Stops – $13.00
Guest Posts, Author Interviews, and Book Spotlights. (5 spotlights & 5 mixed interviews and or guest posts)

Yellow Rose
10 Stop Trailer Tour – $12.00
Post include: Cover Art, Blurb, Excerpt, and Trailer. (Cost of creation of trailer not included)

Purple Rose
Multi-Author Book 10 Stop Spotlight Tour (up to 4 books) – $20.00

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And as a bonus, to all those that book a tour, they will be entered to win a 5 stop tour. Sale ends March 9th 11:59 PM EST.

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Demon by Laura Deluca

March 5, 2013 2013, Completed Tours 0

Demon by Laura DeLuca
Series: Dark Musicals #2

Genre: Young Adult


Demon, Book Two in the Dark Musicals Trilogy, inspired by Sweeney Todd is available now in both PRINT and eBook!
 



When Justyn and Rebecca set off for the New York School of Performing Arts, they think their dreams are about to come true. To their dismay, they aren’t in high school anymore, and the competition is steep. Rebecca must compete against accomplished singers for a role in the production of Demon Barber, including a stunning Gothic diva with her sights set on Justyn.


 
It doesn’t help that things keep disappearing from their apartment or that Rebecca’s father refuses to accept that Justyn is an essential part of her life. Yet, all this seems minimal in comparison to the serial rapist terrorizing the campus.
 
Consumed by fear and obsessed with revenge, Rebecca and Justyn start living the story of Sweeney Todd—both on and off the stage.
 
 
 
Excerpt: 



Rebecca unwound the silver ribbon. When she lifted the lid, she found two matching pendants, each laced to a long hemp chain. They were shaped sort of like seashells, with an endless spiral pattern that looped out from the center as the chambers grew larger. They were dark brown in color with a few hints of tan along the edges. The stones had been polished and smoothed on both sides, but when she lifted them, she could see that the two pieces fit together perfectly. She swore the halves fought to snap together, like magnets in her hand. There was an energy pulsing and vibrating within the stones that even a novice witch like Rebecca could feel.
 
“They’re beautiful,” Rebecca whispered as she ran her hand along the intricate grooves.
 
“It’s an ammonite.” Justyn lifted one of the pendants, brushed her hair to the side, and hooked the clasp around her neck. His breath tickled her skin as his hands moved with graceful dexterity, giving her goose bumps despite the humid August night. “They’re actually fossils that are millions of years old, named after Ammon, an ancient Egyptian deity. When they’re divided in half, they’re perfect mirrors of one another. Some cultures believe that if the two halves are given to lovers, it will bind them together forever. When made into necklaces, they’re often called soul mate pendants.”
 
“Wo-wow,” Rebecca stuttered. As usual, the sentiment behind Justyn’s gift was even more beautiful than the gift itself. It left her a little flustered. “That’s amazing. How do you know all this stuff?”
 
“You don’t spend eighteen years living with Darlene without learning a thing or two.”
 
Rebecca laughed. Justyn’s mother Darlene was definitely something special. EMT, exotic belly dancer, and Wiccan High Priestess were only a few of the titles she claimed. Rebecca knew she was a fountain of earth-based knowledge after years of studying the Craft. As Darlene’s new apprentice, Rebecca greedily dipped into that knowledge herself as often as possible.
 
“It’s beautiful,” Rebecca repeated, too overcome with emotion to think of anything more eloquent to say. “You certainly know how to make things interesting.”
 
“Like I told you on our first date, I try not to be boring.” He winked at her. “So … are you going to put mine on for me?”
 
“Oh yeah … sorry.”
 
Rebecca giggled as she lifted the hemp chain. She wasn’t nearly as graceful as Justyn. She almost dropped the necklace in the sand three times before she managed to get the clasp locked. When she finally had it secured, he placed his hand over her heart, where the ammonite lay. He did the same with her hands, lifting them to his chest. His dark eyes had lost all glimmer of humor. He met her gaze with a stare filled with genuine emotion. Beneath her fingers, she could feel the gentle, steady rhythm of his heart beating in perfect tune with her own.
 
“Our love will span both space and time. In this life and the next, you shall be mine. All eternity I will be by your side. For a love so strong cannot be denied. Spirit and flesh merged into one. So mote it be, for all days to come.”
 
When he was done with the recitation, he kissed her. Not just a gentle brush, but a deep, passionate embrace that left her throat tight and her heart pounding with a familiar  yearning.
 
“I’ve never heard that poem before,” she said once she’d caught her breath. “Who are you quoting?”
 
Even in the moonlight, she could see him blush. “I guess I was quoting myself. It was really more of an incantation than a poem though. These necklaces are meant to be a symbol of our love, and it seemed a little spell work could only add to the power of the stones. There is power in words, Becca. Just like there is power in nature.”
 
“You mean, you wrote that?”
 
He nodded, but his eyes twinkled, and the playfulness was back in his voice. “Well, actually, I just made it up as I went along.”
 
“Wow. Actor, singer, and now an improv poet slash chant writer. Is there anything you can’t do, Lord Justyn?”
 
He smiled and tilted her chin so he could look into her eyes. “I can’t stop loving you.”
 
 
Demon Buy Links: Amazon    Smashwords   Barnes & Noble 
 
 You can also add Demon to your shelf on goodreads
 
 
 
Phantom, Dark Musicals Book #1
The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.


Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.

Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.

 
Buy Links: Amazon    Smashwords     Barnes & Noble
 
 
 
About the Author:
 
Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart.  In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.  Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player, and Demon.
 
 
 
 
Author Links:  Website      Facebook      Twitter     GoodReads      Pinterest 
 
 
Giveaway:
 
Laura is giving away a Demon prize pack includes which includes a signed copy of Phantom, gothic key chain, incense gift set, mini Buddha figurine, lavender purification bath salts, geode, crystal point, natural stone pendant, and sage smudge stick with abalone shell.
 
This giveaway is open to US Residents only.
 
 
 

 



 
 

 



Tour Dates  April 29th – May 22nd
This Tour is for Spotlights and a few Guest Posts
 
April
29th –  Love, Laughter, Friendship – Guest Posts
 
May
2nd – Kristy Centeno –  Guest Post
3rd – Intriguing Reads
6th – Viari Rose
7th – The Ebook Reviewers
8th –Tamaria Soana
15th – A Book Lover’s Library – Guest Post
16th – Krista Ames – Guest Post
17th – Find Your Next Read
22nd – Tara Len Walker






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Multi-Book Romance Tour by Author Patricia Bates

February 28, 2013 2013, Completed Tours 0

Patricia Bates Multi-Book Romance Tour by Patricia Bates
Love Thy Neighbor 
 
Rylee Parys, like her father and grandfather is a small time rancher with a big time problem. Embroiled in a bitter war over water and land, she stands alone against her neighbors who are dismayed to have a woman in control.
Ex-cavalry officer, Tom Duncan has returned home after the bloody civil war only to find himself in the middle of another war. Pitted against a slim, boyish looking woman, he’s uncertain who to believe. When the hostility boils over and becomes physical, Tom must make a stand.
As the clues add up these two bitter opponents must rely on each other to save not only their way of life – but the love that has grown between 
 
 
 
Master’s Mistress
 
Sibling rivalry, deceit, and seduction flourish in Ancient Ireland as Amoda Ni Cormac struggles to free herself from the shadows of her enslavement. 

His brother’s wedding brings Norse Prince Mykyl back to Bratthl’id Norway, and face to face with the proud Amoda Ni Cormac, a woman destined to be his oldest brother’s concubine. Driven by revenge, Mykyl steals the emerald eyed beauty.

Bound by duty, secrets, and lies, Mykyl and Amoda are caught in a battle for survival that will ultimately set them free.


 
Phantom Pleasure
Forced into an arranged marriage, Frances MacKenny is murdered on her wedding night. After spending decades haunting her ancestral home, a handsome cowboy arrives. Shedding her one-hundred-fifty-year, self-imposed isolation, she decides to focus all her attention on the sexy male resident.
 
For the first time in years, Logan Harris has a shot at living his dream by owning the best horse ranch in Virginia. At first, everything appears to be lining up perfectly. But then strange things begin to occur. And when he finds himself longing for beautiful ghost, he fears he’s losing his mind. Can true love transcend death?
 

 

 
Viscount’s Prize
The rogue spy and his sheltered courtesan must fight to find a far more ephemeral reward than mere passion – they must try to survive falling in love in a time when love isn’t fashionable.
 
 
 
 
 
About the Author:

Reading has been such a large part of my life. I cut my literary teeth on such authors as Louis L’Amour, Nora Roberts and Janet Dailey. For me it wasn’t such a jump from reading the wonderful tales these authors spun to imagining my own.

Soon I was writing poetry, short stories and by junior high I’d written my first full length romance novel. Since then I’ve taken my love of history and my passion for writing and combined them into what I hope will continue to prove a successful career.

With six books contracted, four of which are currently available in print. All are available in electronic format with the last two ebooks due for a release in May and the other in the summer. I’m currently working on three projects, an erotic paranormal romance featuring a witch who loves Christmas, another Ancient Ireland novel, rich in the history of the Irish Celtic peoples, and plotting out a Cowboy Series tentatively titled “The James Gang”.

Of course I’ve got a lot more on the go. I’m developing and growing my editing company with some amazing authors, working on polishing my concepts and plans for upcoming books within the paranormal genres, and keeping up on my writing and being a full time mom, working outside of the house…it’s amazing what one can manage in a 16 hour day.

Author Links:  Site     Twitter    Facebook
 
~Tour Schedule~

Tour Dates April 1st – 30th
This Tour is for Spotlights Only!
4/25 – Melissa Keir
Tour Closed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Not Just Friends by Lacey Wolfe

February 22, 2013 2013, Completed Tours 0

Not Just Friends by Lacey Wolfe
Book 3 in the Brookfield Series



Can the quiet bookstore owner land the playboy?

Alyssa Duncan’s life revolves around books. If not for the fact the town’s playboy Connor Phillips has a secret reading addiction, she most likely wouldn’t be on his radar…or his friend.  The two personalities just don’t mesh…or do they? She gets a chance to find out when a book-reading bet leads to dinner. Alyssa experiences a wide a range of emotions. She’s elated her beyond-friendship feelings seem returned, but his reputation precedes him. Is she just another gullible female in a string of women? As a relationship begins to develop with Connor, going past the limits of friendship, things grow muddled and complicated when an ex-boyfriend shows up in town and things aren’t what they seem.When the dust finally settles, will Alyssa find true love with someone or end up with just another friend?

Excerpt:
 
As Alyssa opened the book to chapter one, her phone chirped, letting her know she’d received a text. She decided to ignore it. She never liked to be disturbed when she read. But whoever it was didn’t want to be ignored, since her phone chirped again.Alyssa groaned, dug it out of her purse, and read the two messages.

Can I come up? – Connor

Put the book down and let me in. *wink wink* – Connor

She giggled and wondered what he stopped by for, especially since she’d just seen him on a date. The new book he wanted didn’t come out until next week. She made her way back downstairs to the bookstore, where she saw Connor standing at the door, smiling while holding two paper cups she assumed was coffee. God, he was a sight. Dark, almost black hair that he always wore with that just-out-of-bed look, with ice-blue eyes that bore into one’s soul.

She unlocked the door and let him in. “Hey, Connor. What can I do for you?”

He handed her a coffee. “It’s Sunday evening and you’re closed tomorrow, which means you’ll be on a reading binge tonight. Figured you could use some coffee.”

She grinned. He knew her so well. Too bad he’d never see her the way she did him. “I picked up a historical romance.”

“Did you try the book I recommend yet?”

Sci-fi wasn’t for her. She had tried it, but couldn’t get into it. “Soon.”

“I don’t believe you. Maybe we should take a bet.” He leaned against the wall.

“A bet? Are you serious?”

“Dead serious. I bet by the end of the week you still haven’t read it.”

She took a sip of her drink. Ah, her favorite. Mocha with a splash of raspberry. “What are the terms of this bet?”

“If you have, dinner’s on me. If you haven’t, dinner’s on you. And I warn you, I have expensive taste.”

Alyssa’s heart fluttered. Dinner? A meal together? They’d never gone anywhere. In fact, she didn’t know if anyone knew they were even friends.

Connor reached out, touching her shoulder. “Do we have a deal?”

Oh God, she was supposed to speak. She wasn’t sure that part of her was working any longer. “Uh-huh.”

Connor grinned at her, a dimple forming on his cheek. “What’s the matter? Cat got your tongue?”

No, a cat did not have her tongue. In fact, if a cat did, she was pretty sure she’d be screaming right about now, not being mute.

“You kinda threw me off, asking me to dinner.”

“Oh, I’m sorry. Was that something you weren’t interested in?”

Ha ha, there wasn’t a woman around who didn’t want to have dinner and more with Connor Phillips. She just never thought it would be her. “We have a deal.”

“Good.”

Alyssa wondered if this meant he might be interested in her. That he could possibly have eyes for her. As she stared at him with a God-knew-what kind of smile on her face, she didn’t notice at first the blonde bombshell she’d seen earlier was now standing outside waiting. Alyssa glanced back at Connor, who caught her focus and turned to glance at the woman.

“Crap, I forgot about her.”

Alyssa raised an eyebrow. “Date?”

“For this evening.”

Her heart sank. Connor wasn’t interested in her. She would never look like blondie out there. He wanted to take her out as a friend. That was it. It was time she realized it and the fact they would never be anymore than they were. And after tonight, the woman standing out in the cold would know the same thing.

“I guess I better get out there.” He took a sip of his drink and stepped away from the wall.

“Yeah, she seems a little mad.”

Connor leaned closed and whispered to her, “She’ll get over it.” He brushed a light kiss on her cheek. This was the first time he’d ever been that close to her.

The woman outside tapped on the door, obviously not liking what she had seen.

“You better go,” Alyssa said. “Besides, I think my dinner’s cold. I’d just taken it out of the microwave before you got here.”

“Enjoy your meal and the coffee as well.” He waved and then went back out the door, greeting the woman waiting for him.

Alyssa wanted to watch but didn’t. It was hard enough knowing the man she secretly fantasized about was once again out with another woman.

Buy Links:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble     All Romance
 Other Books in the Brookfield Series:
Finding Home
Bare Necessities
The Brookfield Series Volume One (Print and eBook)
About the Author:
 
Lacey Wolfe has always had a passion for words, whether it’s getting lost in a book or writing her own. From the time she was a child she would slip away to write short stories about people she knew and fantasies she wished would happen. It has always been her dream to be a published author and with her two children now of school age, she finally has the time to work on making her dream come true.
Lacey lives in Georgia with her husband, son and daughter, their six cats and one black lab who rules the house. 

Author Links:    Her Site      Twitter    Facebook
Giveaway:
 
Lacey is giving away a $10.00 Amazon gift card during her tour. To enter for a chance to win just fill out the Rafflecopter below. 



~Tour Schedule~
Tour Dates April 15th – May 3rd
This Tour is for Spotlights, Guest Posts, and Interviews.
4/15 – Krista Ames – Guest Post
4/16 – Melissa Keir – Spotlight
4/17 – Harlie’s Book –  Guest Post
4/18 – Melissa Kendall – Spotlight
4/19 – A Story of Legends – Spotlight
4/23 – Deal Sharing Aunt  Spotlight
4/24 – Intriguing Reads – Guest Posts
4/25 – Tamaria Soana
4/29 – Ella Jade – Guest Posts
May
5/2 – Viari Rose
 Tour Closed

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Never Say Never by Aimee Duffy

February 22, 2013 2013, Completed Tours 0

Never Say Never by Aimee Duffy
Book 2 in The Price of Fame Series
 

When pretend turns to desire, heartbreak is unavoidable.

Sander Chase needs a date for his ex-fiancée’s engagement party, but he doesn’t have time for a woman in his life. Between working on the TV show Do You Have What It Takes? and his band reforming, he’s too busy for a relationship. What he needs is a pretend girlfriend. He thinks he may have found the perfect woman for the job, and the bribe he offers means she’s sure to accept.

After losing her job in the film industry, breaking up with her movie star boyfriend, and finding out her mum has dementia, Chloe Butler returned to the UK determined to put her life back together. The last thing she needs is to parade around London on the arm of a celebrity, and after the heartbreak caused by her ex, she swore she’d never again date a star. But when Sander offers her a chance at her dream job, it’s not something she can turn down.

As Chloe gets to know Sander she learns he’s nothing like her scumbag ex. But she struggles to fight her attraction to him, knowing their relationship is only for show and their separation date is closing in fast.

Ignoring the insane chemistry between them should be easy for Sander, especially since he carries a secret that means there can be no future for them, but the more time he spends with Chloe, the harder it is to keep his hands to himself.

Content Warning: contains more denial than you’ll find in a courtroom, more sexual tension than most people could handle, and explosive sex that some readers may find long overdue.

Excerpt:

“Hey,” Sander greeted her. His blue eyes were set with determination.

Chloe swallowed. “Hi, what can I get you?”

A smile crept across his face and highlighted a dimple in his right cheek. He was pretty for a man. Even considering all the mouth-watering muscles.

“Are you seeing anyone?”

Chloe blinked. “No…” she started but immediately regretted it.

If he was going to ask her out on a ‘pretend date’ again, telling him she was spoken for would be a better way to nip it in the bud. Not to mention she still couldn’t understand why he wanted her. Surely he could find someone who didn’t come with the commitments she had.

“Then I have a proposition for you.”

A proposition? Was he serious? She opened her mouth to object, but he cut her off.

“Hear me out,” he insisted. The set of his mouth told her there was no room for arguing. Definitely pushy. “I’ve been talking to my friend at Studio Four. He’s looking to hire a makeup artist.”

Chloe’s heart rate kicked up a notch and excitement zipped through her. Was he saying what she thought he was saying? Then realization dawned. “You got me a job so I’d go out with you?”

Pushy, crazy, high-handed. The list of faults the male Adonis had was growing.

“No. I got you an interview this Friday in exchange for your company next week. You’ll have to prove you can do the job to get it.”

Something inside her relaxed. He wasn’t handing the job to her on a plate, just giving her a foot in the door. But when she’d sent her CV to the studio a few months back, they’d said they didn’t have an opening.

“Did you pull strings to get me the interview?”

His dimples flashed. “Does it matter?”

Couldn’t he answer a straight question? “It matters to me.”

After a sigh, he said, “Yeah, I pulled some strings and asked them to consider you for the job.”

“But there weren’t any positions available.” Or had they just told her that because they didn’t think she’d fit?

“New shows will start in the next few months and one of the makeup artists is about to go on maternity leave. Dave, the owner of Studio Four, said he was going to advertise for the positions next week.”

“Oh.” She couldn’t give up the coffee shop for maternity cover, could she?

As if reading her mind, or the disappointment on her face, he added, “I told them you’d be applying for one of the permanent posts.”

Could he read her mind, or was she really that transparent? She wiped all emotion from her face—a skill she’d learned in LA—and offered him a polite smile.

He leaned forward and placed his palms on the granite counter. Chloe’s eyes widened when she took in the size of them. The man was huge. Warmth trickled through her veins and she quickly pushed the thought away. It did no good to wonder whether he was in proportion all over. She met his gaze with her chin held high.

“And if I get the job, how do you know I won’t back out?”

Sander’s lips curved in a way that should be illegal. A tingle skittered down her spine and licked hotter in her belly.

“A favor for a favor? You don’t seem like the kind of girl who’d back out of a deal.”

No, she wasn’t, she was loyal to the point of stupidity. Even to those who didn’t deserve it…like Dane.

“No, I’m not.” Chloe took a deep breath. “Why me, Sander?” She didn’t think sir, or Mr. Chase, would be appropriate considering he’d asked her out twice now.

His smile brightened and her heart stuttered. “I don’t have time to date. Work is crazy and I’ll be back on the show in a few months. I’ll probably be on tour with the band late into the year. You don’t want more than I’m offering, so you’re perfect for this.”

Sander shrugged, as if that explained everything. Chloe supposed it did. He really didn’t want anything more than a woman on his arm for show.


About the Author:
 
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a good book in my hands. In primary school I loved Roald Dahl. In high school my English teacher introduced me to Charles Dickens, Stephen King, Jane Austin, Emily Bronte, and Shakespeare. It was then that I discovered my love for romance and I’ve wanted to pen my own imaginary heroes and heroines for others to enjoy ever since. Only in the last few years was I lucky enough to meet some fabulous and encouraging people to help me gain the skills to make that dream possible.

I live in sunny Scotland in a small town near the Ochils and work nine to five in a solicitors office. In my free time, you’ll find me on Facebook, stalking *cough* following friends on Twitter, and may even catch me shoe shopping.

 
Author Links:   Site    Facebook    Twitter

Giveaway:

Aimee is giving away a free digital copy of Never Say Never.
To enter for a chance to win fill out the Rafflecopter below.

 

 
Tour Dates April 22nd – May 10th
This Tour is for Spotlights only.
 
4/22 – New Age Mama
4/22 – Ella Jade
4/23 – Harlie’s Books
4/26   – Tamaria Soana
4/30 – Melissa Keir
 
May
5/2 – Krista Ames
5/10 – Viari Rose

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Unplanned by Sarah Biglow

February 18, 2013 2013, Completed Tours 0

Unplanned by Sarah Biglow
Genre: Woman’s Fiction
 
A prenatal yoga studio in Boston brings together four expecting women who forge friendships that will carry each one of them through their unplanned pregnancies—and beyond.
 
Shannon feels under-appreciated by her husband after he makes it clear that she should be the full-time caregiver for baby number four. Lisbeth is pregnant with twins and wants her parents in their lives, but will they ever accept that she is happily married to a woman? Renee’s boyfriend, Bryce, decides he is not ready to be a dad and leaves Renee to figure it out on her own. Struggling with an alcohol addiction since college, Erika continues to drink after finding out she’s pregnant. AA meetings help, but will she get her life straightened out before her baby is born? After meeting at Maternal Instincts Yoga studio in Boston, these women practice yoga, endure hardships, and overcome obstacles to become lifelong friends.
 
 
Excerpt:
By three thirty that afternoon, Lisbeth pulled into the parking lot of a little diner in Cambridge. She spotted Shannon’s van a few spots over and hoped she wasn’t too late. She walked in and spotted her friends in a nearby booth. Pointing to them, she smiled and nodded to the hostess before walking over.

“Sorry I’m late,” she apologized and squeezed into the booth beside Erika.

“Don’t worry. We haven’t ordered yet,” Erika said.

“You look flushed,” Renee said.

“I was rushing around after work. They had a surprise shower for me.”

“Lucky. All I got at work was a whiny two-year-old who threw French fries at me,” Erika said.

“See what you’re giving up,” Shannon teased.

“I’ll pass on the tantrums, thanks.”

“How are you doing?” Lisbeth asked Shannon.

“Things aren’t exactly great. But we’ve started going to a counselor. We’re working on our communication and we’ve managed to decide on a name for the baby. Aiden. What about you? Does Rachel’s brother have a name yet?”

“No. I feel so bad.”

“What if we all write down a random name and see what sounds best?” Renee suggested.

“This from the girl who has her daughter’s name but is keeping it under lock and key like it’s a national secret,” Erika said.

“I like that idea,” Shannon said. She pulled a bunch of napkins out of the dispenser and passed them around.

Lisbeth watched her friends scribble names down and pass them to her. She looked through them smiling and laughing as she read the suggested names. She was sure some of the other people sitting around them gave her dirty looks.

“What?” Shannon asked.

“Which one of you wrote down Evan-Michael-Jamal.”

Erika raised her hand.

“He’s got two last names as it is. Can’t make his life hell by giving him three first names.”

“He’d be unforgettable though.”

Lisbeth shook her head and flipped to the next one. “Patrick wouldn’t be too bad. I’ll keep that one.”

The last one. “Nicholas isn’t too bad either.”

“Sure, pick the traditional names,” Erika said with a wink.

Before Lisbeth could tease her back, their waiter arrived with four waters and two chocolate milkshakes.

“Oh that looks good. I’ll have one of those,” Lisbeth said.

“Sure. Are we ready to order?” the waiter asked.

“We still need a few minutes,” Lisbeth said.

He nodded and disappeared in the direction of the kitchen. Lisbeth turned to the menu in front of her and flipped through it.

“You guys have any preferences?”

“Something big and greasy,” Renee answered.

“Aren’t we the poster child for health,” Shannon said.

“I have a craving. Onion rings.”

“Oh that sounds good. Let’s order two.” Erika agreed.

“What would Carolyn say?” Lisbeth asked with a smirk.

“She’d say to steady our breathing.”

“I’m so glad I met you all. You’ve made the last six months amazing,” Lisbeth said as the waiter came back with her milkshake.

Buy Links:       Musa Publishing    Amazon       Barnes & Noble
About the Author:
Sarah grew up in Connecticut.  She spent a lot of her childhood studying dance and music (piano and voice).  She sang in her school and church choirs before discovering her passion for writing.  She is now a licensed attorney and works for a state agency in the field of employment law.
Unplanned is her debut novel and quite appropriately, was inspired by a course during her first year of law school. She now lives in Massachusetts with her significant other and when not working on other writing projects enjoys reading and watching TV. She runs a TV recap blog with a friend.
Author Links:     Site      Facebook     Twitter
 
 
 
~Tour Schedule ~
 
  Tour Dates March 4th – 20th
This Tour is for Spotlights only.
3/5  – Colorimetry
3/12- Book Babe
3/14 – Melissa Keir
3/15   Lacey Wolfe
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Jessica by Laura Deluca

February 15, 2013 2013, Completed Tours 0

Jessica by Laura DeLuca
 
FREE on Amazon March 25th – 29th
 
 
Wilbur was used to going to his college formals alone. He thought the Halloween Ball would be no different. He’s amazed when a beautiful girl in a Victorian costume displays an interest in him and even more amazed to find himself alone with her on one of the campus nature trails.What Wilbur doesn’t realize is that another woman has her eye on him too. The White Lady returns every Halloween to take revenge on the men of the campus for her brutal murder. She has chosen Wilbur as her next victim.

 
 

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Tour Dates March 25th – 29th

This Tour is for Spotlights only.

28th – Melissa Keir

 

 

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Southern Embrace by Tamaria Soana

February 14, 2013 2013, Completed Tours 0

Southern Embrace by Tamaria Soana

Genre: Romance

Can a long lost love mend a grieving heart?

Widowed at twenty-three, Savannah Grant is devastated and consumed with grief, a grief that she can’t seem to move past. When her high school sweetheart, Lance Peterson, re-enters her life, Savannah struggles with the feeling that she would be betraying her deceased husband by moving on. Plus, she can’t forget the way Lance broke her heart all those years ago.

Lance never stopped loving Savannah. He wants a second chance, and he’s willing to do anything it takes to convince her to give him one. Will she give in and let Lance love her, showing her a passion beyond anything she thought possible?

Content Warning: adult language, explicit sexual situations, anal play

Excerpt:

It was a beautiful Friday afternoon. Van grabbed her purse and headed out to the mall. Nikki’s shower was the following weekend, and Nikki had been on her to get a new dress for days, threatening to drag her shopping kicking and screaming if she didn’t go herself.

Once at the mall, Van picked up some last minute gifts for Nikki. After trying on a few dresses, she found a knee-length, strapless coral dress. She purchased it and was off in search of a pair of shoes. When she found the perfect pair of coral and silver heels, Van concluded the trip to the mall a complete success.

Her cellphone rang as she was leaving the shoe store. She dug around in her bag to find it. With her head down and her steps brisk, she ran right into someone.

“I’m so sorry. I’m such a klutz,” she said as she looked up into the brown eyes of her first love. She gasped and took a step back, surveying him. His light brown hair was a little shorter and he was built like a man now, not the boy she used to know. She stood frozen in place, staring at him. This can’t be happening. A tidal wave of emotions rushed through her at once. Anger, resentment, hatred, but mainly pain…so much pain.

“Van.”

“Lance? Oh my God!” She took another step back. “How?”

“I-I talked to Nikki. She told me you would be here. I needed to see you. When I heard what happened…” He paused. “I knew I couldn’t stay away any longer. I’m so sorry.”

The more he talked, the more Van’s anger flared. Who does he think he is? He left me! Turned his back on me when he cut all ties!

“What exactly are you sorry for, Lance? That my husband died or that you broke my heart all those years ago?” The words she spoke were full of acid. “You have a lot of nerve just showing up here like nothing ever happened. Go away.” She turned to leave.

“Please, Van, just talk to me. Give me a chance to explain,” he begged as he reached for her hand.

“Don’t you dare touch me,” she said through gritted teeth, yanking her hand away. “What do you want from me?” She stared at him while plotting all the ways she was going to torture Nikki for her betrayal.

She seethed as he looked around. “Calm down, Van. People are starting to stare. Please, can we go somewhere more private and talk? There is so much I need to tell you.”

“What could you possibly have to say to me that would make up for what you did? I mean, I know you had to move, but you cut all ties with me. Like the three years we spent together meant nothing to you, like I meant nothing to you. Damn you, Lance, you didn’t even try to make it work.”

“Please, Savannah. Give me a chance to explain.”

“Give me one reason why I should.”

“Because I still love you. I. Never. Stopped. I cut all ties with you because I had to. Long distance relationships never work out. I was afraid you would wake up one day and resent me. Being apart from you was killing me. I thought this way we would both be able to move on. But I was wrong, I never was able to move on. I let the love I have for you consume me. I wanted to come back sooner, but then I heard you’d gotten married. When I found out what had happened, I wanted to rush here and be by your side, but I figured you would need some time.”

His words shocked and confused her. After she took a few moments to process everything, she shook her head. “I can’t do this.” She turned and walked away, then stopped. “Go back to wherever it was you came from and leave me alone.”

“I won’t give up on you. I won’t stop trying, and I most definitely won’t ever leave you again.”

“Just go away, Lance. You’re good at that,” she snarled before she walked away. She didn’t dare turn around because looking at him as he begged her to give him a chance to explain would certainly weaken her. Van needed to focus on how she was going to kill her so-called best friend.

Buy links:  Beachwalk  Press       Barnes & Noble      Amazon


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About the Author:

Tamaria Soana is middle aged, but just feels her life has begun. She writes sexy contemporary romance stories that always end with a ‘happily ever after’. Growing up she loved to read and make up new places in her head to escape to. In her late teens she began writing short stories and poetry; it wasn’t until her late thirties before she began to spin a full story.  She’s married and a stay-at-home-mom of two beautiful young girls, they reside in Western New York. Cuddling up with a good book under an electric throw is her way to escape the cold Buffalo nights.  Besides writing, she co-owns Shades of Rose Marketing and hosts a talk show on Talkshoe called Live with Tamaria ~ Giving authors a voice.



Author Links:    Site     Facebook Author Page     Twitter

Giveaway:

Tamaria is giving away a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card. To enter to win just fill out the Rafflecopter below.
Tour Dates:  April 15th – 30th

This tour is for Spotlights, Interviews, and Guest Posts






15th – Ella Jade

Find Your Next Read – Interview

16th  – Intriguing Reads – Guest Post

18th – Aimee Duffy – Guest Post

22nd – Melissa Kendall

23rd – Melissa Keir

24th  Viari Rose

25th – New Age Mama

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