LIVE! Sex Not Love by Vi Keeland
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My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.
We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.
I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.
We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.
I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn’t dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.
I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.
Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?
Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in nineteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.
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New Release: Burn For You by Theresa Troutman
Burn For You
A Rock Star Romance
by Theresa Troutman
Hosted by Words Turn Me On
I love playing in a band, but I love my wife even more.
I never had aspirations to be a rock star, but that’s exactly what happened.
Loyalty to both Tia and Alicia put me in a tough spot.
Now, I’m torn between the two of them.
How do I navigate this crazy world to keep both my girls happy?
Burn For You is the sequel to By My Side, but can be read as a stand-alone.
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She was the most beautiful creature I’ve ever laid eyes on—my wife, my Alicia. God, I was one lucky bastard. Her soft brunette hair cascaded over the front of her shoulder and across her slender neck as her chest gently rose and fell with each breath. The sun coming up over the Tasman Sea etched her silhouette, making her look like an angel with a halo.
I could watch her sleep for hours, but desire stirred inside me. I need to be one with her. Running my fingers along her bare shoulder and down her arm, Alicia moaned with pleasure. A small smile crept upon her face. “Morning,” she whispered opening her eyes.
“Morning Love,” I smiled back. Pulling the sheet down around her waist, I wet my lips with anticipation.
“What are you waiting for?” she teased pulling me closer and giving me a kiss that took my breath away. I crawled on top of my wife, feeling her soft, warm body underneath me. Instinctively she opened her legs and wrapped them around my thighs. I didn’t need foreplay to get me in the mood. A smile and that look was all I needed. Slowly I slipped inside Alicia and moved in and out with languid stokes. “I love you,” I muttered between soft kisses to her neck.
“I love you so much,” she whispered back, as she intertwined her fingers through my hair.
Rolling her over so she was straddled on top of me. I gazed at her beauty. She was my heaven on earth. It were as if God made her just for me. She was the missing piece I didn’t know I was searching for all those years after Emily’s death. All those drunken nights, smokey bars, lose women. They were a way to numb my pain. When Alicia entered my life, it was like waking up from hibernation. My senses came alive. She inspired me to write new music for the band. She gave me the courage to grab the brass ring. She made it okay to be happy again. I had loved Emily with all my heart, but Alicia shook me to my soul. She was my everything and I would die for her.
Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre and traveling. Her books include: My Secret Summer, A Special Connection, Burn For You, and the Love’s Great Adventure Series: Life’s What You Make It, Love This Life, London Loves and She Will Be Loved.
Release Tour: Velvet & Vows by Stacy Eaton
VELVET & VOWS
The Celebration Township, book 13
by Stacy Eaton
Genre: Contemporary Romance – Holiday
The epic finale of the Celebration Series is finally here. Celebrate Christmas once again with the couple that started it all: Casey Lowe and Thad Wagner.
Velvet & Vows starts out twenty days before the wedding and there is a lot to be done. With wedding showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, the final dress fittings, holiday preparations and the last of the details for the ceremony and reception, Celebration is crackling with energy—but it’s not all good.
With a few misunderstandings, many secrets and a serial arsonist running rampant in the town, the days leading up to the wedding are far more stressful than Casey and Thad ever planned for it to be. It will take the entire town to tell this story as we pass from one leading character to another.
Prepare yourself for this one-of-a-kind novel that will bring insight into every character you’ve fallen in love with during the series, and even a few characters you’ve never heard from first hand.
Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Best Selling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.
Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her teen daughter who is working toward her second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and on the choral and cheerleading squads at school. She also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy.
Stacy is very involved in Domestic Violence Awareness and served on the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence Center for three years.
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New Release: A Holiday Tradition Anthology
A Holiday Tradition Anthology
200k words, 8 stories, 8 authors
A Holiday Tradition: A Collection of Winter Tales –
Presented by Lavish Publishing
Hosted by Words Turn Me On
Our wonderful group of authors and guests has done it again!
We have 8 novellas in our Winter 2017 Anthology, five of which are EXCLUSIVE to the set. This unique collection will only be available for 90 days – so be sure to get your copy while you can!
If you love cozy contemporary tales, paranormal surprises, or magic-filled fantasy, you won’t be disappointed. The set tops out at over 200,000 words, but each is bite-sized – just right for a car, train or plane ride this holiday season.
Make A Holiday Tradition: A Collection of Winter Tales your travel companion this year!
The set includes:
Samantha Jacobey brings us Christmas Eve (Sweet Christmas, book 2). Read in order OR as a standalone – Life isn’t always sweet, even for girls named Candy.
Rebekah Dodson thrills us with a SET EXCLUSIVE in Room 331, a college romance! In the bitter cold of winter term, romance abounds that threatens to destroy best friends.
Desiree L. Scott has a NEW suspense romance In the Vail Lodge Trilogy – Trapped on Vail Mountain! Read in series OR as a standalone – can Nina and Rob survive the mountain when both nature and man are against them?
From fantasy author Kevin J. Kessler, enjoy The Winters of Alnora! EXCLUSIVE to the set, this magical adventure will not be sold individually until next year! A New Dark Angel shall be born, and the world will tremble at her feet.
L.A. Remenicky adds a Fairfield Corners Novella with Last Chance Christmas! Read in series OR as a standalone – all Brent wants for Christmas is his Jojo back, will he get his wish?
A. Nicky Hjort brings to life a NEW Norn Novella that is EXCLUSIVE to the set as well! Where Ebon Sounds Like Ivory (Norn Novellas Book Two) can be read in series or as a standalone. During Winter Solstice, a Fate Sister discovers her mother’s grave empty and, employing an enchanted harp, upsets the balance between life and death!
From the talented Aubree Lane, we have a heartwarming tale that will be EXCLUSIVE to the set this holiday! Sparks are bound to fly when mistletoe decks the halls of The Kissing Ball.
And last, but not least, from Janae Keyes – You get one wish, what do you wish for? One Wish: A Christmas wish will be EXCLUSIVE to the set this year!
Christmas Eve (Sweet Christmas, Book 2)
Life isn’t always sweet, even for girls named Candy.
Candice Parker’s life has never been easy.
Plagued by losses and setbacks, each day is a struggle for the petite brunette and her young son. Last year, a tragedy forced her to accept the help of a man she had refused to even date. Today, she’s ready to take the next step, but will his rich and powerful mother allow it?
Gerald Ford had always kept things simple.
He had lived a fast and furious lifestyle, with no intentions of slowing down. However, when he finally decides he’s ready to take the plunge, it seems that the entire world is conspiring against them.
Will his mother, Eve, be their saving grace, or will she be the thing that brings his relationship with Candy to an end?
Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations anywhere 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.
Last Chance Christmas, A Fairfield Corners Novella
All Brent wants for Christmas is his Jojo back, will he get his wish?
From the outside, Brent Halston and Jordan McKenna had the perfect life: the house, the dog, fulfilling careers, and their love. However, Jordan’s past refused to leave her alone, threatening to destroy all they had built together.
Without explanation, Jordan pushed Brent out of her life, leaving him devastated and confused. In an attempt to start over, Brent relocated to Fairfield Corners, bought an extravagant house, and mourned the loss of his Jojo. To keep herself from drowning in her own grief, Jordan gave everything she had to her career as a doctor, running the free clinic on the rough side of town.
As the holiday season approached, a frantic phone call from Jordan’s brother pulled Brent back into Jordan’s life, giving them the opportunity to reconnect. Battling the past and present, can their love survive secrets and betrayal? Would this be their last chance Christmas?
L.A. Remenicky ~ Love Stories With A Twist
L.A. Remenicky is a forty-something wife and mother of two fur kids. A payroll professional by day, she writes out the stories in her head by night.
An avid reader all her life, she finally put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) during NaNoWriMo in 2012 and has never looked back. When she’s not typing away on her latest story with music playing in the background, she can usually be found spending time with her family and friends.
Check out her blog at https://www.laremenicky.com/books-n-tails-blog/
In the bitter cold of winter term, romance abounds that threatens to destroy best friends.
It’s Elijah Baker’s first term in a new city and a new school. He befriends the mysterious and quiet Rochelle Addams and they share a series of winter adventures together that bring them to the brink of romance. Will they turn away or embrace their feelings? In this prequel to the acclaimed Postcards from Paris series, this is the story of friendship and budding romance that shows the strength and determination of friends – through midterms, finals, and beyond.
Rebekah Dodson is a prolific word weaver of romance, fantasy, and science fiction novels. Her works include the series Postcards from Paris, The Surrogate, The Curse of Lanval series, several stand alone novels, and her upcoming YA novel, Clock City. She has been writing her whole life, with her first published work of historical fiction with 4H Clubs of America at the age of 12, and poetry at the age of 16 with the National Poetry Society. With an extensive academic background including education, history, psychology and English, she currently works as a college professor by day and a writer by night.
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Trapped On Vail Mountain
Desiree L. Scott
Can they survive the mountain when both nature and man are against them?
Nina Williams’ world shattered in an instant when she and her daughter witnessed her father’s brutal murder. Everything in her life became trivial save one: protecting her only child.
With the help of a friend, Nina leaves the city in a cloud of terror and heads for Vail Mountain and the safety she prays she will find.
Rob Garland has seen his share of the treacherous conditions on the mountains. But even spring floods, summer fires, and hikers lost in winter storms have not prepared him to face the fear in Nina’s eyes.
There is no beating the odds on this one. The men who are after them won’t give up. It’s only a matter of time before the truth is revealed and the stakes turn deadly.
Can Nina and Rob hold it together when nature and man turn against them?
Desiree L. Scott has been writing since she was sixteen years old. There have been many influences within her life that has set her on the path that she cannot help but walk. A few of those influences consist of Karen Rose, Lisa Gardener, Nora Roberts, Cynthis Eden, Catherine Anderson, Laura Griffin, Andrea Kane, and Lisa Jackson, just to name a few. This list by no means defines her own writing but they have indeed influenced her desire to live outside of her own world and to create the thrill of her dreams.
Desiree lives on 40+ acres in the SHOW ME state with her children and 4 dogs. The weather is unpredictable, but the surrounding beauty of the country helps her creativity as she sits on her top deck with her laptop and coffee close by. There is one incident that will always remain with her that really affected her determination on writing and she would love to share it with her readers…..
Winters of Alnora: Birth of The Dark Angel
Kevin J. Kessler
A New Dark Angel shall be born, and the world will tremble at her feet.
Alnora’s childhood was plagued with poverty, desperation, and unmentionable atrocities. That all changed on the day she encountered The Dark Angel, a sorcerer who is the living embodiment of the world’s darkness.
After witnessing a display of her potential for the magical arts and the darkness within her heart, this shadowy figure offers Alnora an opportunity, learn the ways of the dark arts and succeed him as the next Dark Angel. With a hunger for power and a quest to leave her traumatizing life behind, Alnora begins an apprenticeship that will change the course of her life.
Emboldened by the awesome magic she gains through the teachings of The Dark Angel, this one-time beggar orphan embraces her destiny, harnessing the power of her hatred to strike back upon a world that defiled her innocence.
Behold the account of four winters that shaped a traumatized young girl into the most powerful magical force to ever exist. A new Dark Angel shall be born in Azulia, and the heavens themselves will tremble at her feet.
Kevin J. Kessler lives in Orlando Florida, where he owns the White Dragon Podcast Network, which puts out weekly podcasts on a variety of topics from Walt Disney World, to movies, television, comic books, video games and more.
A lifelong geek, Kessler can often be found at the many theme parks and local attractions in Orlando.
He developed the story for Rosinanti as a sophomore in high school, sixteen years before the book’s release.
Since an early age, Kessler has been an avid reader, often found lost within the magical worlds found within the pages of fantasy novels.
“It was always my dream to create such a world of my very own,” he said. “Even as a kid when my friends would want to play Power Rangers or X-Men, I would always create a new Ranger or Mutant rather than portray an established character. There is power in creativity! Creativity breeds creation!”
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Where Ebon Sounds Like Ivory (Norn Novellas Book Two)
A. Nicky Hjort
During Winter Solstice, a Fate Sister discovers her mother’s grave empty and, employing an enchanted harp, upsets the balance between life and death.
Norse legend has it that the arms of the Yggdrasil tree—a sacred instrument of Odin—are ever-reaching, and its survival is necessary for life itself to continue.
During Winter’s Solstice, when the search for her mortal mother begins, Za will have to cross over the Ebon Branch of the Dead—a feat that has supposedly never been survived intact. But if she does make it across and back home, she just might discover why she and the other three Norn Sisters of Fate came to be.
A fairytale at heart, this is the second chapter in the epic saga of the youngest and most fickle of the four Norn Sisters. The same feisty immortal creature who must discover her true origins to understand her inherent inner darkness. Only this way can she learn the meaning of unconditional sacrifice in the name of impenetrable love…when, as her destiny would have it, all the branches of such a powerful tree tremble treacherously in her tiny little hands.
A veritable unraveling of Snow White, the narrative of Where Ebon Sounds Like Ivory journeys through the most horrible of realms where shocking truths emerge. Here where death mimics life, obsession masquerades as devotion, and the most unexpected endings become the most surprising beginnings of a classic tale. One…you thought you knew so well.
Welcome to a place where the darkest of melodies births a miraculous tune of surrenderance. Here Where Ebon Sounds Like Ivory and Christmas, as we know it, begins.
A. Nicky Hjort is originally from Arlington, Texas- the second of five siblings, all of whom have strong creative talents. She currently lives in coastal central California where she practices medicine as an Ob/GYN. In between being a lovingly devoted mother and delivering babies, she writes stories that cross multiple genre lines- from Sci Fi to high fantasy, but all of her stories have thriller and strong romantic components. And for her clever reader, all of her manuscripts are subtly connected to each other, with their purpose to explore all facets of Love and Light. She likes to say that her stories write themselves, and in the process, often write her, or at least the next version of her hoping to emerge. A lover of all the arts, A. Nicky Hjort hopes her stories might inspire you to find your inner creative genius.
As for her heroes- they are as varied and eclectic as her choice of narrative genres, but when pushed to list her favorite influences, she would say James Patterson, Barbara Kingsolver, Patricia Cornwell, Dean Koontz, Gene Roddenberry, Shel Silverstein, Suzanne Collins, and Walt Disney.
Connect with her on FB at https://facebook.com/Author.A.N.Hjort
Twitter at @A_NickyHjort, or Goodreads under A.Nicky Hjort
Her website is www.ANickyHjortBooks.com
She thanks you for your attention to her work.
The Kissing Ball
Sparks are bound to fly when mistletoe decks the halls of the Kissing Ball.
Sparks fly when the non-profit One in One-Fifty and Melissa Ellison team up to create mistletoe magic for the town’s Christmas dance. The hanging spheres of kissable kindness kickoff holiday happiness and ornamental optimism, but all is not what it seems. An evil elf lurks in the shadows and conspires to prey on those most vulnerable. Will Melissa find the miracle she needs to protect the ones she has grown to love and respect?
Aubree Lane is a true storyteller. This award winning author has been writing in one form or another for most of her life and has loved every moment.
Aubree lives in the beautiful foothills of Northern California with her husband, two wonderful sons, and a super special peek-a-poo named Tanner. When not managing the pooper-scooper, Aubree can be found at one of her favorite vacation spots ranging anywhere from Lake Tahoe to Maui.
Her motto: Write Until Your Butt Hurts, And Your Eyes Are Crossed.
Aubree and her husband enjoy the harvest of their seasonal garden and relaxing in the paradise they created, called home.
One Wish: A Christmas Romance
You get one wish, what do you wish for?
Melanie Morris has freshly filed for divorce, and she can’t bare the thought of spending Christmas surrounded by her nosey family. It might be the last Christmas she can spend in the holiday home she and her estranged husband own in the Sierra Nevada. Melanie’s one wish is never to feel alone as she had during her marriage.
The snow is coming down, and it is Christmas Eve. Electrician Hunter Ripley isn’t in the Christmas spirit and wants to clock out and spend the evening with his feet up, and a beer in his hand, forgetting the memories of his late wife. Hunter’s one wish is to find peace in the past as he works to move on.
One last call comes in, and Hunter is up to bat when he’s called to an elaborate holiday cabin. With the heat out and the snow coming down, Melanie and Hunter have to make due until the snow clears. Will their wishes come true this Christmas?
This story contains adult content & some triggers.
Born and raised in the California Bay Area, Janae Keyes is an American mom, wife, and hopeless romantic living in Europe. She loves to explore various cultures coming together through the magic of love. Residing in a suburb of Brussels, Belgium, with her husband and daughter, Janae loves to share her passion for romance with others.
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Release Tour: Ashes to Ashes by Rebecca Norinne
Ashes to Ashes
by Rebecca Norinne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 13
He owned her pleasure and her pain.
I had it all, or so I thought. Until my husband betrayed me and my entire world came crashing down. I turned to alcohol and sex to numb my pain—a different city each night, a new man in my bed. But I’m sober now, and I’m working my way back up the country music charts.
But then the death threats started and I needed protection. When my new bodyguard walked in the room, I couldn’t believe my eyes: the one man from my long spiral down who I never forgot. The one who played my body like an instrument.
Now we’re on the run from a madman and all I want is to forget about everything. To pretend this isn’t my life. To lose myself in him. So I let him take control. I tried telling myself it was only sex, but I’ve done the unthinkable: I’ve fallen in love with a man who can never love me back. Because Ash has demons of his own—ones he never talks about and never will.
I know I should walk away before it’s too late. But I’m an addict, and I need him. How do you give up the best thing you ever had, even when it’s bad for you? How do you walk away from a man like Ash Devereaux?
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USA TODAY bestselling author Rebecca Norinne writes steamy contemporary romances about life and love in the real world with guaranteed happily-ever-afters. Originally from California, she lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband. When not writing, Rebecca can be found cheering on her favorite rugby team, drinking craft beer, or traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next story. To find out more, visit http://www.rebeccanorinne.com.
Release Tour: The Holiday Package by Leigh Lennon
THE HOLIDAY PACKAGE
A Jake Davis Novella: Part 1
by Leigh Lennon
Genre: Naughty Holiday Romance Novella
The Cayman Islands.
A holiday trip to forget the woman I lost.
Suddenly, I’m face to face with the sassiest and hardest of women, who may be able to make me forget all I left behind.
And I want her!
This vacation is about moving on.
The saucy little ginger flaunting her perfect curvy body in her next to nothing bikinis can be the distraction I need to forget it all.
Her fire and brimstone attitude leaves me in constant arousal.
And she proposes a holiday affair, one I gladly accept knowing this is a hell of a risk to my already floundering heart.
But in the end, will I be able to say goodbye?
Now, we sit in silence as I continue to feel her observation fall upon me, over and over again, while she doesn’t hide the fact she’s looking at me up and down like I am a mannequin.
Finally, being direct, I say, “Um, is there something I can help you with?”
Taking a sip of my coffee, I’m expecting her to sidestep but no, I should understand her candidness at this point, as she says, “I was just thinking what it would be like to fuck you.” My coffee makes its way out of my mouth. It would get all tens if this were a spitting contest.
“Oh, I shocked you?” she asks, almost timidly but with the little cocky smirk that is both behind her mouth, and moving up to those caramel-amber eyes of hers, she’s not attempting to be shy, not in the least.
“So, tell me,” I begin. “What have you come up with?” I ask.
Pursing her lips together, Sasha finally answers. “Um, let me really imagine this in my mind as I describe it. First, you have a long dick, like super long. It is thick and will fill me up just fine.” Instantaneously, my super long dick she’s describing aches. “Next, I would say you love pussy. However, mine is incredibly delectable.” Fuck, I try not to moan. “Next, I imagine you holding yourself up with one hand while you’re over me, licking my pussy, bringing me to a really good orgasm, all while you jerk yourself off. And by the way, if I had to guess, you’re really good with your tongue.”
I smile because I’ve been told this on many occasions but at the same time, my balls ache. She doesn’t say anything and I realize she’s finished. I respond, “I think that is a possible scenario.”
Standing up, she gives me a throaty little laugh. “Who knows, this may just be a long ten days.” She winks then leaves me aching in pain when she retreats to her bedroom.
Ah, fuck! This woman might be the death of me.
Loss is not foreign to Julia Barnett. To the outside world she is the epitome of the perfect mom. That is, until the doors of her impeccable life are closed and reality hits her square in the face. Once the leading lady in her own epic love story, she can only look back at what used to be. With an absent husband, an intrusive father, a troubled child, and an ex-fiancé that is still tied to her life, it’s no wonder Julia is grasping for air in her chaotic world.
The bruises that Julia lives with are invisible to those closest to her. She lost so much early in life, more than most could survive. Now, she grapples with resentment towards her husband because of all the empty promises he’s made. In the midst of this turmoil, test results reveal an illness she is not sure she will survive.
For Julia, it is not her life that may be cut short that consumes her, but how her family will endure without her there. As everyone rallies around Julia while she fights like hell to live, she learns that family, along with love, comes in many shapes and sizes. It is her family that gives her the strength to fight the biggest battle of her life; one she doesn’t want to lose.
Leigh Lennon is mother, veteran and a wife of a cancer survivor. Originally with a degree in education, she started writing as an outlet that has led a deep passion as she wrote twelve books. Now ready to publish all of them, she lugs her computer with her as she crafts her next story. She can be found drinking coffee or wine, depending on the time of the day.
Release Tour: Any Given Snow Day by Marie Harte
ANY GIVEN SNOW DAY
by Marie Harte
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Ex-NFL star + snarky single mom = a touchdown of a holiday romance
After two Super Bowl rings, MVP status, and retiring from the NFL while still on top, Mitch “Flash” Flashman’s millions should make life at the ripe old age of thirty-five a blessing. Yet he’s restless, rudderless, and can’t tell up from down.
Roped into helping his brother coach a bunch of teenagers, Mitch finds himself playing defense against the many women in town wanting his attention. Except for one particular woman who doesn’t seem to like him much.
Becca Bragg is mouthy, vulnerable, and sexy, and she captivates Mitch despite himself. But Mitch has no time for a sexy single mom when he’s still trying to figure out who he really is.
With the playoffs, a boy’s future, and his own heart on the line, he’ll need to figure out how to pull the ultimate victory—winning Becca’s heart and keeping it.
Mitch stared at a feminine version of Simon Bragg. A few inches shorter than her behemoth son, she had long, dark-brown hair, greenish-brown eyes, and a frown that would do Simon proud.
A subtle glance and he catalogued her feminine assets. Check, check, and check. A stunner if not for the scowl on her face. Her assistant, the other pretty brunette he’d seen with Simon at the game, just grinned at him before hustling away.
“Hello. Mrs. Bragg?”
“Yes?” Cool and collected.
Funny, but his heart was racing. Mitch had been with supermodels, actresses, professional athletes. Some had possessed the same qualities Rebecca Bragg did, that essence of attraction that sparked something in his brain…and in other places. But Mitch didn’t do married chicks. Ever. Best to remember that.
He cleared his throat. “I’d like to talk to you about Simon.”
Her frown deepened. “Is he okay? What happened?”
Mitch had debated how to broach the subject. After talking to Deacon, they’d decided Mitch should be the one to talk to her. He still wasn’t sure how they’d come up with that, other than that his brother was a scum-sucking wimp who’d rather face a firing squad than an irate mother.
“As far as I know, Simon is fine. I wanted to talk to you about his attitude though.”
Just like her son.
“And before you say this is somehow about me not understanding him because I’m the new guy, you need to know that Simon has been acting out and is pretty much annoying most of the team.”
She studied him in silence.
He wondered what she saw. Did she see the regular guy who’d rather be running down a field or hiding out in his home, reading history books and watching movies? Or did she see the confident, laughing playboy everyone thought him to be?
“Come with me.” She turned and walked into the back of her teahouse.
He followed her toward the sweet smells coming from a small kitchen. Entranced by the scent of vanilla and cinnamon, he took a big sniff. “What are you making?”
“Sticky buns, my version of cinnamon rolls. Hold on.” She took a few steps toward the doorway and shouted, “Nora, can you watch the front? I’m in a meeting.”
Nora laughed and said something he couldn’t make out but apparently Rebecca could.
She flushed and returned, putting the center island between them. He wondered if her husband had a hard time dealing with her moods, then thought the lucky guy probably didn’t much care. A woman who could bake and looked like her? A win-win…until she opened her mouth.
“Well?” She waited.
He just stared.
“I’m trying to figure out how to say this without you getting offended. I would have called your husband, but Simon wouldn’t give me his number.”
Something that looked like pain flashed across her face. “My husband is dead. Now what did you want to talk about?”
Wow. Talk about stepping right into it. Might have been nice if the kid had explained his father was no longer alive when Mitch had mentioned the guy. “Sorry. Simon didn’t tell me.”
She sighed. “So what has my son done that brings the ‘Amazing Flash’ to my lowly shop?”
He ignored the heat on his face. “You know, if you’d heard the whole conversation, you might not be so quick to judge.”
“You’re here to talk about Simon?”
Fine. He wouldn’t explain himself to this sexy, stuck-up viper. Wait. Where had sexy come from? Rebecca Bragg was more girl-next-door…with a side of sexy. Damn her full mouth.
Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit Marie’s website and fall in love.
Release Tour: The Bells of Winter Box Set
THE BELLS OF WINTER
Genre: Clean Family-Friendly Multi Genre
The Bells are ringing for the turn of the year, so grab a hot toddy, a warm blanket, and this collection of beautiful stories to warm up your heart and soul. These are all clean, family-friendly, inspiring reads in many genres, great for entertaining anyone from lovers of fantasy to the more serious mystery reader.
Add this collection to your kindle now. And while you’re at it, gift it to Grandma, too.
Mari is hired to research a mummified bog-man found in an ancient peat field, unaware a 700-year-old grudge is still alive
Christmas Lights by E.M. Denning
Despite Sam’s commitment to not get close to anyone, Chris forces his way into Sam’s life. Chris’ friendship feels like a Christmas miracle and Sam finds himself wondering if he dare reach for things he’s never even had the courage to dream about.
The Bells Below by Suzy Stewart Dubot
Eleanor has exchanged church bells for service bells in an aristocratic mansion. Her future looks bleak until a chance meeting in a lending library sparks an ember of hope.
Dare a spinster dream?
Winter World by Sean Gallatin
Another time, a world deep in winter where the sound of bells bring her no comfort. She has a mission. A man from off world and Colonel Yselda will cross paths in the blinding snow.
Accidentally on Purpose by Michele G. Gwynn
Accidents happen, or so Cara Delavine always thought. After all, she’d spent her entire life tripping over her own two feet and apologizing for it, but when her curse harms another, it changes everything for the soft-spoken young woman.
Beau Hamilton is a star athlete, the celebrated golden boy for the Vancouver Canuck’s, but his career gets blindsided by a cheesy twist of fate that leaves him not only unable to see his way forward, but unable to see at all!
Two lost souls in need are about to be brought together by three nosy sisters in this warm-hearted winter romance that proves everything happens for a reason, if only Cara can bravely stand up to the angry but handsome Beau, and only if Beau can forgive the person who robbed him of his sight.
A Cow in Time by C. Forrest Lundin
Zeb didn’t listen to his intended. Injured and without a horse, he has to depend on a cow to get him home. He always thought of himself as a cowpuncher, but this was ridiculous. In the 1800s getting stuck on the wrong side of the Grande Ronde River without a horse, injured and alone is life threatening.
Iceworm by Cherime MacFarlane
Is her mother tired of living at the end of a dirt road the state closes in winter? If her mother intends to leave, Ida isn’t going with her, and the old cabin will be a good place to hide.
Shattered Heart by Ella Medler
The frozen heart with its vicious curse slices its way through time to a plague-hit London. Dodo, guardian of Calidora, ruler of time, has a momentous decision to make—save himself or sacrifice his life to save humanity.
Christmas Joy by Regina Morris
Jake needs to clear out his father’s old cabin and sell it. He’s prepared to deal with the freezing cold weather and the remote location, but not with the sexy woman, who was once his late father’s nurse, still living in the place.
A Cat’s Inheritance by Jess Mountfield
Just who is heartless enough to kill a cat for money? It’s up to Wilson, a private-detective on his first case, to solve the mystery. Getting a date for the family Christmas party, well, that’s just a bonus.
Whisper in the Tower by Julie Elizabeth Powell
Listen to the whispers of the tower and discover Amara’s fate.
A fantasy tale told from an unlikely source
Tolls the Bell by Maxine Murphy
Her family drives her crazy. But on a cold dark night, the chapel and the bells lead her to a terrible realization.
Holly Barbo‘s world is shaped by her love of family, the beauty of the nature and an irrepressible curiosity that frequently has her turning over rocks and questioning what she finds. This sometimes sends the reader down a rabbit hole into an alternate view of the world than what they expected. Holly’s mind can be an interesting place.
E.M. Denning is a writer from British Columbia. She loves her family and animals, and anything cute and fuzzy. She writes romance for the 18+ plus crowd because she’s both a hopeless romantic and a dirty old woman.
Suzy Stewart Dubot is an Anglo/American who has lived in France for over 35 years, she was encouraged to write in 2010 when reading a poorly written Regency romance. She felt sure she could do better, and hopefully she has. Although discovered late in life, it is now a passion lived to its fullest.
Sean Gallatin has lived in Alaska since he was a small child. A very private person by nature, some Alaskans are like that, he tends to keep his personal life to himself. An ex-Navy man, on returning home he found music to be his first love. While playing in a band, he has seen the seamier side of Alaska up close. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Anchorage was still trying to come to grips with having a fire hose nozzle of oil money flowing freely. Sean got to watch a lot of people and situations from the stage. It is surprising how people tend to ignore the band. There are more tales waiting to be told.
Michele E. Gwynn has loved writing stories since the third grade when she created her first book as a class project. She’s come a long way since then. She has several series published independently.
C. Forrest Lundin is a lover of all things having to do with the wilderness and the west. History and research are another of his favorite things. And he’s pleased as punch to be part of Paper Gold Publishing.
Cherime MacFarlane is a prolific multi-genre author, she has a broad range of interests that reflect her been there-done that life. Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, all sorts of characters and plots evolve from a vivid imagination.
Ella Medler is a U.K. author and editor who lives in a corner of Heaven, on the south-west coast of Ireland, overlooking the Atlantic. She writes fiction in many genres — some after her own tastes, and some to make her readers happy. Sometimes, those two happen to coincide.
Regina Morris is an award winning author who writes the sensual paranormal romances that make up the COLONY series. She also writes some contemporary sweet romances and fantasy/time travel stories. The romance in these are light/sweet.
Jess Mountifield was born in the quaint village of Woodbridge in the UK, has spent some of her childhood in the States and now resides in the beautiful Roman city of Bath. She lives with her husband Phil and her very dapsy cat, Pleaides. Jess can often be found either in a cafe, grinning behind a large mug of hot chocolate, at her desk, getting annoyed with her cat for sitting on her keyboard, or on her comfy corner sofa with friends, enjoying a vast array of films.
Julie Elizabeth Powell can’t ignore her dreams, so many of them, with names and places and ideas that spark her imagination and compel her to write; to create stories, whether fantasy or horror, or mystery or psychological thriller or murder or even humour and adventure. So, Julie’s garden is sown, flourishing, with all manner of growth, and still the dreams come.
Maxine Murphy A very private person, Maxine writes what is in her heart. It’s not always comfortable or sweet, but it is authentic. She keeps her home life out of the public eye.
Now Live: Deadline by Jewel Allen
by Jewel Allen
Genre: Romantic Suspense
It’s the toughest assignment of her life
American journalist Danica Lorenzo faces the toughest assignment of her life when the CIA gives her two weeks to negotiate the release of her kidnapped step-brother in the Philippines. She’ll do anything to save him, even if it means tangling with a deadly smuggling ring.
Danica’s editor, Grant Scott, doesn’t expect her to last long in a country that was his former beat. To keep his star reporter alive, he agrees to help Danica navigate its treacherous islands. As Danica and Grant plunge deep into the Philippine jungle, they fight not only dangers and betrayals, but also the undeniable attraction between them.
A sudden wave of tenderness washed over Danica. At the start, she wasn’t sure about Grant, whether they would get along. He had intimidated her, but now his secret was out. She could count on him to help her when the going got tough.
Her gaze grazed over his curlier-than-usual hair, his strong, capable hands, his burly build, and suddenly a desire so fierce hit her from out of the blue. It was just gratitude, she told herself, tearing her eyes from him and watching the road, even as every fiber of her being was aware of him sitting beside her. Close enough to touch. Close enough to pat him on the back and ask him, are you okay? Close enough to kiss him on the cheek, his jaw, his neck…
Danica, she told herself, stop it! He had given her his gas mask. Big deal. So she was thankful.
On to the next adventure!
About the Author
Jewel Allen is an award-winning journalist, author & ghostwriter who grew up in the tropics (Manila, Philippines) and now lives in the desert (Utah, USA). Visit her website at http://www.JewelAllen.com.
Promo Tour: Every October by Aubree Lane
by Aubree Lane
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Being dead isn’t as easy as you think.
Tied to the cemetery where her remains came to rest, the ghost of Zoey Harris is stuck. The only bright spot in her miserable afterlife is that every October she gets to visit her daughter. It’s typically a quick fly-by to see what costume she’s wearing for Halloween, but this year the five-year-old can not only sense her mother’s essence, she can see her. The adventure begins when Zoey grows more confident in her newfound haunting abilities and decides to sneak a peek and see what her husband has been up to.
Until death do us part was all Caleb promised. To have the specter of his dead wife reappear the moment he finds the courage to take off his wedding band is the stuff nightmares are made of. Their daughter loves it when Zoey drops by each fall, but he’s tired of the sadness and grief. Caleb needs more…even if it means chaining Zoey to her headstone for all eternity.
THE PULL GREW EACH OCTOBER. The urge to check in on her family was overwhelming. Zoey leaned her wispy frame over her daughter’s bed and kissed her forehead. The little girl blew out a contented sigh and nestled deeper into her pillow.
The scar running down the middle of Amy’s brow had faded to white. A second scar across her nose was barely noticeable. Zoey smiled. The plastic surgeon did an exceptional job. In another year, both scars would vanish.
Her best and only friend appeared beside her. “Here you are. I should have known.”
“Hush. Don’t wake her.”
Prue rolled her eyes. “Please, she’s a kid. I could scream at the top of my lungs and she wouldn’t move a muscle.” She gazed down at the angelic five-year-old and the tone of the older ghost softened. “Look how much she’s grown. I have to hand it to you, Zoe, you gave birth to a cute little sweetie pie.”
Zoey glowed with pride at the compliment until the memory of the car crash rushed in. It had been touch and go for the toddler. Every time Amy’s chubby arms reached out for her, Zoey pushed her away and told her to be with her father. Shunning her child was worse than dying, but Amy was only three years old. She was far too young to pass through the barrier between life and death. Guilt and sorrow filled every inch of Zoey’s ghostly being. “Then I almost caused her death.”
Icy fingers gouged her arm. Prue pulled her aside and chided, “Zoe, I love you, but you have to let it go. The accident might have been your fault, but Amy and Caleb didn’t die. You did. They’re fine.”
Amy’s sleepy voice called out, “Mommy?”
Prue’s eyes went wide as saucers. She hesitated for barely a moment before evaporating into thin air.
Zoey glided back to her daughter’s bed. “Yes, baby. It’s me.”
The five-year-old’s eyes never wavered. “I knew you’d come.”
Amy could sense when her mother was near, but it wasn’t possible for Zoey to manifest her spectral self. She wondered what Amy saw when she looked at her. “Smarty pants.” Zoey chuckled. “What gave me away?”
“Daddy asked me what I wanted to be for Halloween. That’s when you come.”
Zoey’s heart swelled with love. Amy was so small when the accident happened, yet she still thought of her. “Don’t leave me hanging. What are you dressing up as this year?”
Cartoon princesses danced across the front of her daughter’s light blue pajamas when she sat up. “I’m going to be a birthday cake. Lauren is making it especially for me.”
Aubree Lane is a true story teller. This award-winning author has been writing in one form or another for most of her life and has loved every moment.
Aubree lives in the beautiful foothills of Northern California with her husband, two wonderful sons, and a super special peek-a-poo named Tanner. When not managing the pooper-scooper, Aubree can be found at one of her favorite vacation spots ranging anywhere from Lake Tahoe to Maui.
Her motto: Write Until Your Butt Hurts, And Your Eyes Are Crossed.