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COVER REVEAL ~ Stripped Bare by Heidi McLaughlin ~ #giveaway

They don’t call it the Strip for nothing. . .
STRIPPED BARE
Vegas Billionaire #1
Heidi McLaughlin
Releasing March 28th, 2017
Loveswept

 

They
don’t call it the Strip for nothing. . .
 
 
In this
sinfully sexy Las Vegas romance from bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, a man
who has it all reunites with a woman who takes it all off. 
 
Living in
Sin City, Finn McCormick is no stranger to one-night stands, but the last
person he expects to find losing big on the casino floor is a former high
school fling. Even though Macey Webster’s clearly down on her luck, she’s still
a knockout, and she’s dressed like a stripper—because she is one. Drunk off an
unfamiliar cocktail of lust, pity, and compassion, Finn offers to pay Macey’s
debts if she cuddles up to him around town . . . and does whatever he wants
between the sheets. 
 
Macey came
to Vegas for one reason only: money. She’s got a young daughter to support, and
the tips really are bigger in Vegas. But when she blows her earnings on
blackjack, her guardian angel is the rich boy who once stole her heart and
never called her back. Although Macey would love to turn the tables on Finn,
she can’t afford to refuse his proposition—and soon she’s enjoying herself much
more than she cares to admit. Macey’s used to baring her flesh, but baring her
soul will take far more courage. 
 
 
“By far one of McLaughlin’s best!” – New York Times bestselling author LP Dover 

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HEIDI
MCLAUGHLIN 
is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling
author. Originally from Portland, Oregon, and raised in the Pacific Northwest,
she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also
renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup,
and a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, Jill and her brother, Racicot. When she’s
isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her
sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.
 

 

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.99 SALE BLITZ ~ Fighting Dirty by Sidney Halston

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FIGHTING DIRTY
Worth the Fight #5
Sidney Halston
Released Jan 5th, 2016
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If
you love the MMA romances of Vi Kreeland and Kendall Ryan, Sidney Halston’s
Worth the Fight series will knock your socks off! In Fighting Dirty, a
geek-chic cage fighter proves that appearances can be deceiving . . . and
oh-so-tempting.
With
his preppy clothes and horn-rimmed glasses, Enzo Silva is the last dude anyone
expects to find in a mixed martial arts gym. A wealthy Brazilian banker who
never had to fight for anything, Enzo’s stuck in the amateur circuit—but he
burns to make the pros. Maybe that explains the heat he feels whenever he’s
around Jamie Lynn Calhoun. The pint-size, magenta-haired bartender with the
Texas drawl is everything he’s not . . . and everything he craves.
Tough
as nails and independent to a fault, Jamie Lynn—JL to her friends—works hard to
pay her bills and keep life simple. Enzo is doing his best to complicate that.
Even though she likes to bust his balls, he’s got some kind of a nerdy-hot vibe
that makes JL wonder if she might finally be able to let her guard down. It
might do the boy some good to spend some time in her world, where blood, sweat,
and victory are as sweet as the first taste of real love.

EXCERPT

“What made you change your mind about going out with me?” he asked as they crossed the parking lot. “Not that I’m complaining. But you’ve been saying no for almost a year.”

“Truth?”

“Always.”

“You always seem so predictable, but you doing this . . .” She shook her head. “I guess it made me see you in a different light.”

He held her car door open for her as she tucked the canvas facedown in the backseat and then got in the car. “I’m glad it took me completely humiliating myself to get you to go out with me. Maybe I won’t kill your brother for this ridiculous bet, after all,” he said. “I’ll make reservations at the Tackle Box and pick you up at eight tomorrow.” When she looked at him for a moment too long, he said, “You don’t like the Tackle Box?”

“Do you work tomorrow?” she asked as she got back out of the car.

“Yes.”

“That was a dumb question. You’re always working. Let me rephrase the question. Can you take the day off tomorrow?”

Enzo quickly thought about all the teleconferences he had scheduled and all the reports he had to do. “I can.”

“Okay, so I’ll pick you up at eight.”

“Uh . . . I don’t understand.”

“Eight in the morning,” she clarified. “I asked you out, so I pick. That’s the deal, okay? It’s my treat. I pick where we go and what we do.”

“I don’t think—”

“You hate giving up control, don’t you?” she asked wryly, already knowing the answer. “Don’t worry so much. Just be ready. It’ll be fun—spontaneous. You’ll like it. I promise.”

He let out a breath. “Fun and spontaneous isn’t something I’m very comfortable with,” he admitted. But then he decided, What the hell? He’d already survived taking the biggest leap of faith of his life by moving from Brazil to Florida, something that was so completely out of character his parents thought he was still mourning the end of his marriage. So, going on a date with a beautiful woman and letting her take the lead . . . what could possibly go wrong?

“Okay, fine. I’ll text you my address,” he said as he leaned in and kissed her cheek. She folded herself into her crappy fifteen-year-old Honda Civic, which was mostly red, except for some patches where the paint had chipped off. The bumper was held together with a hot-pink bungee cord, and there were bumper stickers plastered everywhere. He couldn’t picture her with any other car but this one; somehow it suited her perfectly. But she was absolutely out of her mind if she thought he’d be going anywhere with her in that clunker tomorrow.

Only .99 cents
 

 

 

Sidney Halston lives her life
by one simple rule: “Just do it.” And that’s exactly what she did. At the age
of thirty, having never written anything other than a legal brief, she picked
up a pen for the first time to pursue her dream of becoming an author. That first
stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Halston lives in
South Florida with her husband and children.

 

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2016 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Annie Rains author of Welcome Home, Cowboy ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome Annie Rains to the blog today 🙂 She’s talking about Cowboys, Marines, and mixing them in the same bowl~ YUM! Afterward, check out her release Welcome Home, Cowboy and ogle her gorgeous cover. 

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Take it away Annie …

Why a Cowboy Marine is the Best of Both Worlds

  1. Cowboy Marines can rope cattle and fight for their country (while also roping their gal and fighting to keep her)
  2. A Cowboy Marine looks sexy in combat andcowboy boots.
  3. The cowboy hat is oh, so sexy! But take it off and that military buzzed hair has you dying to run your fingers through it.
  4. Cowboys can ride for hours, and hours, and hours, and … Then again, Marines never give up until the mission is complete—no matter how long it takes *wink-wink* Just imagine all the fun you could have with a Cowboy Marine!
  5. Both cowboys and Marines are honorable, strong, and seemingly impenetrable (except to that one woman who wins their hearts). They’re both sexy as the day is long. Why choose between them when you can mix the two into one delicious hybrid?

 

And in WELCOME HOME, COWBOY that hybrid is Lawson Phillips! Welcome Home, Cowboy is available April 26, 2016!

 

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WELCOME HOME, COWBOY
A Hero’s Welcome Book Two
Annie Rains
Releasing April 26th, 2016
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With its thriving military
base, Seaside, North Carolina, is teeming with heroes of all stripes. But, as
the Hero’s Welcome series from Annie Rains continues, it takes a cowboy to
rescue the town’s newest resident from heartache.
After a bad breakup leaves Julie Chandler
completely devastated, she comes to Seaside seeking a fresh start. A talented,
compassionate yoga teacher, she has developed a program to help alleviate the
effects of PTSD, but getting a bunch of bullheaded Marines into downward facing
dog might be impossible. So Julie’s shocked when one of her first students
dives in headfirst—and almost tempts her to take down her walls with his easy smile
and electrifying touch.

 

Ever since Texas cowboy turned Marine pilot
Lawson Phillips lost a crew member in a helicopter accident, he hasn’t been
able to fly. When a psychologist orders him to attend, of all things, a yoga
class, Lawson’s outraged—until he finds out Julie is the instructor. She’s
beautiful, graceful, and completely guarded when it comes to his advances, but
he’s determined to find out what makes her tick. Because underneath Julie’s
hard shell is a woman Lawson knows he could fall for—and he’s not ready for the
ride to end.


EXCERPT

“Come ride with me anytime,” he said, helping her dismount from the horse when they were back at the barn. He didn’t place his hands on her ass this time, which was both regrettable and a relief. Instead, he steadied her waist with his hands. She turned to face him after he helped her to the ground, and was surprised to find how close they were standing. Close enough that the brim of his hat on her head nearly touched his chin.

“This belongs to you.” She took off the hat and went up on her tiptoes to put it back where it belonged. Their eyes locked as the movement brought them even closer together. Her heart bucked again, like a wild horse ready to bolt.

Returning to flat feet, she started to step away. Needed to step away. Too bad Bon-Bon was still behind her, blocking her escape.

“Julie?” he said, making her feet pause and her heart stutter. She liked the sound of her name on his lips. Low, deep.

“Yes?” she asked breathlessly.

He reached out his hand to tame a strand of her hair brushing against her cheek. “You have what I call hat-hair.” He took his time smoothing the hair around her ear, awakening every nerve in her body. Then he slowly dipped, keeping his blue-as-the-ocean eyes on hers, and kissed her.

She melted into him instead of stepping away. The side of his cheek on hers was warm and inviting, intoxicating. His tongue tapped softly against hers, just once, as he swept his hand behind her neck, pulling her gently toward him.

A soft moan escaped her throat, betraying her. She parted her lips for him, inviting him in, begging him to stay, which he did for just a moment longer. Then he broke it off, keeping it sweet. The kiss had threatened to be more, though. It had threatened to take her inside that barn, lay her down on a blanket of hay, and be a whole hell of a lot more.

“See you later, Lawson,” she said, forcing herself to step away from him, away from the horse and the barn. She turned toward her car and didn’t look back. Otherwise, her hormones were going to win and drag this cowboy into the barn and slam the stall doors behind them.

“See you later, Julie,” he called after her.

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Annie Rains is a contemporary romance
author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast
of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities,
Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting
for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing,
she’s spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one
of her favorite authors. Represented by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary
Agency (NYLA).


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So, I read this book…Five Things I Love About You by Sarah Ballance

First let me start out with my disclaimer. lol I’m not a professional reviewer. Even though I’m an author, I also love to read. I read quite a bit and on occasion I like to share a book or novella that has really grabbed hold of me and share it with my blog friends. 

Today, I’d like to share a fun little novella from author Sarah Ballance titled Five Things I Love About You…which is a steal at .99!

MY REVIEW:

Five Things I Love About You is such a fun story, but I should’ve known it would be because Sarah Ballance always has a way of pulling me into one of books with the dialogue, characters, and overall awesomeness. I can’t even begin to tell you how she is a master at weaving words together that just make you fall in love!

My favorite part of this story—besides the characters—was the yellow fanged cat who would just show up out of nowhere and somehow steal the scene. But his little part toward the end of the story melted my heart. I won’t go into detail because you should read this book yourself to discover all the little tidbits of amazingness.

Estelle comes to New York City from the sunny west coast to apartment sit her brother’s place. She’s not thrilled because she hates the city–how the people are rude, the sidewalks are dirty, and the overall stench. She ends up meeting a hunky neighbor who just happens to douse her with pickle juice and then come to her rescue when her air conditioner goes on the fritz. From the get go these two are attracted and between their conversations filled with sexual innuendo and the thoughts racing through their heads—about each other—this is a real page turner. Crosby–the hunky neighbor–is determined so show Estelle that the city has a lot to offer. He’ll find at least 5 things that she’ll love about city life.

Let the fun begin…

Being that they were from different ends of the continent, I was anxious to find out how they’d have their happily ever after. Would they end up having a long distance relationship…would he chuck in his business and leave it to his brothers and head west…or would she sell her house and move to the big city, or would they compromise and meet somewhere in the middle? I guess if you want to find out, you need to grab a copy of this fun novella and find the answer. This is the first book in a series about the Chase brothers, and I’m already in love with the men in this family. Looking forward to book 2!!!

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Five things to love about NYC. But she only needs one…

California landscape artist Estelle Donovan hates big cities. Between the grime, the smell, all the drab concrete, and the suffocating summer heat, how can anyone breathe? Housesitting her brother’s New York apartment, complete with broken elevator and smoking air conditioner, is her kind of hell. It’s only for two weeks, though. What could possibly go wrong?

Dumping a jar of pickles on the hot girl at the grocery store wasn’t Crosby Chase’s finest hour, nor was getting bitten in the butt by the demonic cat on her fire escape. But he is going to change her mind about his beloved city, damn it. In fact, if they could just make it five minutes without falling into bed, he bets Estelle he can find five things she’ll love about New York.

Falling in love wasn’t part of his plan. And with an entire country between them, Crosby realizes he doesn’t need five reasons to make Estelle love New York.

He needs one big reason to make her stay…

Title: Five Things I Love About You
Series: Chase Brothers
Author: Sarah Ballance
Genre: Contemporary Romance, novella
Length: 160 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63375-337-2
Release Date: August 17, 2015
Imprint: Lovestruck

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Posted by on August 29, 2015 in Review, So...I read this book

 

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What to Read Wednesday with K.J. Charles author of A Fashionable Indulgence ~ GIVEAWAY

Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today author K.J. Charles is visiting and talking about Regency Romance, the scope and changes, and her latest release A Fashionable Indulgence. I’m so glad she came on the blog today to share her latest 🙂

Afterward, please don’t forget to enter the giveaway. The link is at the end of the post 🙂

Take it away K.J…

I love a good Regency romance. I started out with Georgette Heyer as a teenager, and like so many others, I fell in love with the world she created, of balls and reputations, where women were preoccupied with making good matches and securing fortunes, and most gentlemen lived existences of sport and pleasure. Of course Heyer knew that this wasn’t the whole Regency story. One of my favourite books is Arabella, in which the heroine comes from a poor and strongly religious family and has a powerful social conscience; it also includes a rare-for-Heyer scene of the miseries that drinking and gambling brought to feckless young men, and the shattering poverty that surrounded the ton.

 

More recently authors have broadened the scope of the Regency romance. There are still more dukes than you can shake a stick at, of course. (As a matter of tedious fact, there were around 25 dukes alive in the entire Regency period and most of them were decrepit, which is one of the reasons romance is better than reality.) But now we’re getting other worlds too. We are seeing romances with middle-class and working-class characters, romances centring on queer MCs, books that acknowledge the terrible political upheavals of the time and remember the ton were only a tiny, privileged fraction of the population, and stories that remind us Georgian England was not exclusively white—an estimated 5-10,000 people of colour lived in London during the Regency period.

 

Some non-traditional Regencies for your delectation:

  • Rose Lerner, Lively St Lemiston series. The first book, Sweet Disorder, features a middle-class widow who controls a vote in a rotten borough during an election year; the second, True Pretenses, has a Jewish conman hero. There’s a book with servants coming up. I’m so on that.
  • Ava March, Gambling on Love series. Male/male romance including not just dukes and viscounts but the Duke’s driver, a card sharp, and plenty of sordid back streets.
  • Megan Mulry, Regency Reimagined series concentrates on what we’d now call gay, lesbian and trans main characters.
  • Susanna Fraser, A Dream Defiant. Hero is a black soldier fighting in Wellington’s army.
  • Vanessa Riley, Unmasked Heart. Christian romance with a mulatto heroine facing prejudice.

 

My Society of Gentlemen series features three male/male couples, from a Marquess’s son to a gutter revolutionary. As the glittering world of the privileged few collides with radical politics and the harsh realities of the social divide, the men on both sides must find a way to negotiate their illicit affairs under the threat of the gallows.

 

 

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Society of Gentlemen #1
K.J. Charles
Releasing Aug 11th, 2015
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In
the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young
gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power,
and manipulation.
When
he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane
rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about
wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most
beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the
manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands
conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of
lips.
After
witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge
behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself
exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his
protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of
genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst
excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.
 
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K. J. Charles is a writer and
freelance editor. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, an
out-of-control garden, and an increasingly murderous cat.
 

 

 

 

 
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What to Read Wednesday with Charlotte Stein author of Never Loved ~ Giveaway

Thanks for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Charlotte Stein to the blog. She’s sharing her typical writing day as well as her latest release Never Loved!

Afterward, don’t forget to enter her wonderful giveaway! The link is at the end of the post 🙂

Take it away Charlotte…

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My Typical Writing Day

 

  1. I usually begin by eating something. If I am five minutes from deadline this something is a handful of cheese and ten tons of chocolate. If I have lots of time, it might be a bagel or even some scrambled eggs!
  2. After the eating comes the long, long death struggle between the Internet, and actually doing some work. Generally, the Internet wins. Some days it has to win, because I need to keep up to date on industry news and talk to readers and things like that. But mostly it’s just me giggling over something Channing Tatum said, or posting pictures of his bottom on Twitter. If you would like more information on his bottom, you can find it here: @charlotte_stein
  3. Then comes the long death struggle between me and Hay Day. I should really never have downloaded Hay Day. Please, if you’re out there, and you need to get things done at any point ever in your life, avoid that nightmarish hell plague of a game like you would avoid…a…nightmarish hell plague.
  4. Once all of that is over with it’s normally time for lunch. If I’m on deadline, I eat chewing gum and jelly beans. If I’m not, I don’t eat anything I just play more Hay Day. Seriously how do I stop needing to feed my pigs? They are so hungry all the time. I can hardly bear to let them suffer!
  5. Finally, I get down to work. And then because I’ve procrastinated hours away, I do it until my arms ache and my butt hurts and one eye is twitching scarily.
  6. On a good day, I manage to write around five thousand words. On a terrible day, I write one paragraph and then agonise over it for three days, accept that I have to cut it, go back and rewrite it seven hundred times, and maybe understand where the story should go about a month later.
  7. By which point I am half-dead wreck who hasn’t seen the sun in decades.
  8. And then I do it all over again the next day! Sounds awful I know, but honestly I would not trade it for anything that lets you go to sleep at a normal time for a normal amount of hours. Unless cradling Channing Tatum’s bottom is a legitimate job, in which case how do I apply?

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Never Loved
Dark Obsession # 1

By: Charlotte Stein

Releasing July 21st, 2015

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Blurb

Perfect for fans of Abbi Glines, the first novel in the Dark Obsession series tells the story of a beautiful wallflower who falls for a chiseled street fighter—and learns just how dangerous love can be.

Beatrix Becker spent most of her life under the thumb of her controlling, abusive father. And now that she’s free and attending her dream college, she has no idea how to act like the normal crowd: partying, going on dates, even having a conversation. Then she meets Serge Sorensen. Big and surly with a whole host of riotous tattoos, Serge is supposed to scare the hell out of her. But beneath his harsh exterior, Beatrix discovers a kindred spirit who knows what it’s like to be a misfit. Most exhilarating—and terrifying—is what he does for a living: illegal street fighting.

There’s nothing like the rush Serge gets from the intense athleticism and brutal glory of combat—though his chemistry with Beatrix comes close. Slowly at first, he introduces her to his world, where he lives by instinct, passion, and desire. He even helps her out with her equally traumatized brother. But when Serge gets in too deep with the wrong people, he ends up paying in blood. And suddenly, just as Beatrix has been drawn into Serge’s perfectly sculpted arms, she’s thrown once and for all into the fight of his life.

 

 EXCERPT

I know they are the ones I have to speak to. I recognize the guy with the tattoo of a hammer on his biceps, and some of the others look familiar from that bar on Maple Street. I’m pretty sure that’s the guy who pointed Tommy out to me, yet still I hesitate. Of course I hesitate.

They look like such an insane rabble. As I watch through the windscreen of my car, three of them start fighting. One of them pushes another one; the third guy grabs the first by his dirty tank top. Harsh words are exchanged, so fierce and forceful I can almost make out the spittle flying.

Then suddenly there’s a knife. I see its edge gleam in the bright sunlight, about a second before something red appears across the chest of the guy who started it. Blood, I think dizzily. That’s blood. He’s bleeding all over his own T-shirt, and though it isn’t anywhere close to a mortal wound, it doesn’t encourage me to get out of the car.

Nor does the way the fight ends. The one with the knife goes to slash at the other guy again, and I’m just about to cover my eyes with my hand when this enormous man comes out of nowhere. He lashes out with a hand like a shovel, and somehow the knife is on the ground. The brawling men are scattering, as though they were never there at all.

And I understand why.

The big one is pretty terrifying. And obviously everyone else thinks so, too, because they part like butter under a knife before him. He goes back to his bike without anyone so much as brushing his arms, and once there he sits down in a way that gets my attention in a fucking chokehold. I mean, he had it before, but watching the machine balk beneath his weight is something else. It actually seems to sag. I can almost hear its sound of protest.

God knows how he rides the thing. God knows about anything going on here. I try to make a list in my head of all the shenanigans that might be ensuing, but all I can come up with is drug ring. And I’ve got to be honest—I don’t think drug ring is a real thing. It sounds like something my father would have ranted about whenever I asked if I could go anywhere, or do anything, or be out past five in the afternoon.

The drug ring will get you, I think, which would probably be funny if I couldn’t feel his ghost pressing down on my shoulders at the same time. Or if I understood any of this on any level whatsoever. I mean, even if they’re not dealing meth to kids, or about to snatch me and put me in a van, a ton of this stuff is disturbing.

For a start:

Why are they all congregating outside an abandoned convenience store? It’s not even a nice one, with those signs people like to collect and stick up on their walls, or some remnant of civilization still hanging around. It’s an ugly rotten tooth of a place, striped all over with rust streaks and half sagging in the middle.

Yet here they are, milling around in this big odd jumble. Some of them have bikes; some of them have battered cars. Some are dressed in leather and denim; others wander around in mismatched tracksuits. In a couple of cases I spy business-wear, as though the wearers came straight here from an early-morning meeting. This is secretly the abandoned-convenience-store branch of GE, and in a second they’re all going to start funneling funds through accounts in the Caymans.

Or maybe I just hope that’s the case, because now I have to get out of the car.

I have to if I want to find my brother, yet somehow I’m still not doing it. Instead I take out my phone and call the only person who might be able to help me, even if I suspect she won’t be able to help me at all. When I left our dorm room, she was trying to decide if scarves are in or out now, which seems pretty far from this.

I’m not even sure if I should say. But I do anyway.

“Do you know anything about gangs that hang around outside convenience stores?” I ask, bracing myself for all kinds of answers. One time I tried to tell her about my brother and his problems, and she suggested I change my name so I won’t be bothered anymore.

Of course, I couldn’t explain to her why that was ridiculous. Whenever I try, I start doing something silly, like crying uncontrollably. I get this urge to start spilling all my secrets, and most of them barely make any sense. Sometimes I look back on them, and it almost seems as if they happened to another person—one who never had to hide a magazine with a man’s naked chest on it under her mattress, or push every clock in the house back by two minutes so Tommy would be home on time, or fear enclosed spaces in case the next time we never get let out at all.

Those things were just a dream.

This is the reality, where I am a cool and very normal—if slightly older than most freshman—college girl.

Or at least, I will be one soon. All I have to do is get through this latest disaster, and onward to the other side. On the other side is the possibility of being a proper person, a person who is successful at doing the things that everyone else does. I could be more interested in parties and hairstyles and dating, to the point where Sam might actually approve and maybe even remember me.

At the moment, that isn’t happening.

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/03/never-loved-dark-obsession-1-by.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23433442-never-loved?ac=1

Goodreads Series Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/139124-dark-obsession

 

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Author Info

Charlotte Stein has written over thirty short stories, novellas and novels, including entries in The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance and Best New Erotica 10. Her latest work, Run To You, was recently a DABWAHA finalist. When not writing deeply emotional and intensely sexy books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms and occasionally lusting after hunks. For more on Charlotte, visit: www.charlottestein.net

 

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Posted by on July 22, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Tina Wainscott author of Falling Fast ~ GIVEAWAY

Today we have author Tina Wainscott joining us on the blog. She’s talking second chances and sharing her latest release Falling Fast. Loving the blurb, and of course more cover love for this book. 

Afterward check out Tina’s giveaway. The link to enter is at the end of the post 🙂

Take it away Tina…

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Loving a Second Chance at Romance

 

Who doesn’t love a second chance? Sheryl Larson, a reader, said, “I do love them. It’s about redemption, reconciliation, reconnecting with their long lost love that for whatever reason got away or they pushed away.” Another reader, Jade Elyzabeth, said, “I love them because it gives those of us who mess up a heart warming feeling that things could still work out and that the people who love us could forgive our mistakes.” Jenni Dinh, of Bitten by Love Reviews, wrote an article on second chances, which ends with: “Are we strong enough to take on this feeling that got put on the back burner years ago? Has he changed? Has she changed? What kind of person he/she is now? If we had stuck together, what would have become of us? The questions will all be answered — you just have to take a leap of faith and let yourself fall in love again.” (http://romanceatrandom.com/love-is-sweeter-the-second-time-around/)

 

The first book I ever read that featured a second chance plot was Danielle Steele’s The Promise. A couple getting married despite the wealthy hero’s family’s objections get into a terrible accident that disfigures her. While some unlikely plot twists separate them, I loved the anticipation of that moment when they would be reunited.

 

I actually thought, when I trolled through my thirty books, that I’d find a bunch of second chance themes. Only six! But a future Justiss book and the next two Falling Fast novels will also feature second chance at love plots. And a couple of books I never ended up publishing also featured second chance plots.

 

A lot of the appeal is that many of us have that special someone in their past where it didn’t work out, they moved on … and you always wondered WHAT IF? Maybe you made a huge mistake and pushed them away, broke up, or (eegads!) left them for someone else. Time passes, and the pain heals. Or does it? Maybe it only softens. You fantasize about running into them, feeling that same spark between you. It’s that fantasy that gets us writers going, our imaginations humming away with bits and pieces of a movie in our minds.

 

In Falling Fast, I’ve thrown a few obstacles at our young lovers. Before the book starts, Mia is seventeen and in remission from cancer. She’s come down to Chambliss, Florida, in the Panhandle, on an obligatory family vacation. She’s missed out on a lot in life, and having faced death and the grueling treatments, she feels different from kids her age. She’s determined to make the best of the boring seaside town, so she picks up the car at the garage to take it to the beach. That’s when she meets Raleigh, the sexy mechanic who makes her realize she is, after all, a hormonal, teenage girl. That he doesn’t know about her battle with cancer, that he sees her as totally normal, is awesome. That he invites to her watch him street race is way too tempting. She needs to live. And she does, over the next few weeks, discovering that this bad boy with a tender heart needs her as much as she needs him. She even convinces him to let her ride with him during the races. And then the unimaginable happens: another driver crashes into them, and their car goes up in flames. Mia is severely burned, and her parents take her back to Wisconsin to continue healing—while barring Raleigh from any contact with her.

 

Poor Raleigh has borne the guilt of putting her in danger for seven years, keeping up with Mia vicariously through her grandmother, Nancy. Aching for Mia and believing he doesn’t deserve her. When Nancy dies, she leaves both Raleigh and Mia her house as a way of reuniting two people whom she saw shared a true love. You see, Nancy had a lost love, too, and her story ended sadly. And so Mia and Raleigh have to get her house ready to put on the market, all the while working through the layers of their past—and the true love they still harbor for each other.

 

They still face obstacles, of course. I love those! Their happy ending will be hard won, and hopefully satisfying.

 

I can’t think of one boyfriend I regretted letting go (though I can think of a few guys I regretted dating, LOL!). But I do wonder about a few of them: Where did they end up? How are they doing? Is there someone you regretted parting ways with?

FALLING FAST

Falling Fast
Falling Fast # 1  

By: Tina Wainscott

Releasing June 16, 2015

Loveswept

 

Blurb

Fans of Jasinda Wilder and Colleen Hoover will adore this emotional new small-town romance—a smoldering tale of first love and long-awaited redemption from USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott. 

Raleigh West works in an auto shop day and night, trying to put his broken past out of mind. It’s been seven years since the fiery crash that landed his teenage sweetheart in the hospital . . . and him in jail. In an instant, he lost everything: his passion for racing, his hope of escaping his father’s shameful legacy, and the only girl he ever loved. Raleigh hasn’t seen her since that awful night. Never got a chance to apologize. And never forgave himself, either.

When brave, beautiful Mia Wentworth returns to the Florida coast for the first time in what seems like forever, it’s not to see Raleigh. Even so, the moment she arrives she can feel his presence like a gust of wind that gives her goose bumps. Opening her heart to him again seems impossible. But staying away? That might be harder still. Lucky for them both, Mia’s never been the kind of woman to take the easy way out.

 EXCERPT

He needed to drive by Nancy’s cottage one more time. Maybe sit out on the deck and remember the times they had shared lasagna after he’d been painting all day or refinishing her wood floors. That was the only payment he accepted, her home-cooked meals and her friendship.

He pulled down the gravel road that housed five cottages built in the sixties. One of them was in the process of being torn down, no doubt to be replaced by something shiny and new. The small Panhandle town didn’t boast wide, sugar-sand beaches. The scrubland in this area, with its sea-grass-covered dunes, hadn’t been developed as it had farther west. But, with the economy recovering, Chambliss was now seeing the results of the dredging project begun years ago.

As he neared Nancy’s home, his heartbeat spiked at the sight of two cars parked out front, lights blazing inside. Mia and her parents, he bet. They’d probably just arrived, given the luggage in the open trunk. He paused, even though he knew that he should back up and leave.

Like now.

Except he couldn’t, because the front door opened and a woman stepped out. His heart tripped and coughed and gasped like a gunked-up carburetor. Mia. Her dark-brown hair was piled up on her head, loose strands framing her face. She stepped off the front porch and out of the light, but in that brief glimpse he could see her tired, sad expression as she headed toward the open trunk. Which would put her only a few yards away from his car.

He still couldn’t lift his foot from the brake pedal. His windows were tinted, so she wouldn’t see him. He couldn’t see her as well, either, but he saw enough as she hefted out the black suitcase. Now his heart was racing, seventy, eighty, a hundred miles an hour. She wore a red top, one sleeve drooping off her shoulder, and shorts. Still trim and long in the torso. Still about five- five. It was her face, what he could see of it in the distant lighting, that gripped him. In this light, as beautiful as ever. Memories flashed through his mind like a slide show: her laughing; smiling shyly; closing her eyes and arching as she came beneath him. Whispering his name, her fingers digging into his back.

She looked up then, her gaze zeroing in on his car. Her eyebrows furrowed, and she tilted her head in the way he’d seen a hundred times. Something inside him screamed to lower the window and say something. Hello. How are you? I’m so sorry . . .

She turned to glance behind her, where her father was coming down the steps. Raleigh hit the gas and shot forward to the end of the lane, where he had to pry his fingers from the steering wheel to put the car into park. He was shaking.

Dammit, he’d almost screwed up. Talking to her would only dredge up a painful past for Mia. Maybe her anger, too. Her father would have blown a gasket. Mia didn’t deserve to suffer anymore over him.

He forced himself to breathe normally and pull around the small cul-de-sac. As he passed Nancy’s cottage, he vowed that he wouldn’t look. But he couldn’t help it. Everyone was inside, the cars closed up. He told himself it was for the better. That maybe he shouldn’t attend the funeral after all. How the hell was he going to handle seeing her without a tinted window and the night between them?

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/03/falling-fast-falling-fast-1-by-tina.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23510311-falling-fast?ac=1

Goodreads Series Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/147390-falling-fast

 

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Author Info

USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott has always loved the combination of romance and suspense, because nothing complements falling in love better than being hunted down. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas, Wainscott creates characters with baggage, past hurts, and vulnerabilities. They go through hell, find love, and, at the end, find peace in who they are and everything they’ve gone through. And isn’t that what everyone wants?

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