~*~ New Release ~*~ Ready To Burn (Due South Book 3) by Tracey Alvarez

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Book Title: Ready To Burn (Due South Book 3)
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 25th, 2014
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Take one sassy Harland girl…

Shaye Harland, sous chef de-awesome, desperately wants the role of Due South’s head chef. Though a little out of her depth, she can totally cope with the extra demands if she can resist her future brother-in-law when he muscles in on her kitchen. The Hollywood wannabe is nothing but a troublesome distraction and he fries her sex-ometer to a crisp. But as far as romance? Forget it. Love, when she finds Mr. Perfect, will be as sweet as her to-die-for cookies.

Add a bad-boy from LA…

Del Westlake swore he’d never again set foot on the island he calls the “ass end of New Zealand.” With his reputation as a sous chef in one of LA’s hottest restaurants trashed, and his estranged father’s restaurant needing a head chef, Del wants nothing more than to go in, get the job done, and get out. Except his feisty second-in-command carves herself a spot in his heart and completely incinerates his plans.

Watch the sparks fly as they burn it up in the kitchen…

Winning a spot on a TV reality show is just what Del needs to jumpstart his career back in the States. Nothing can get in the way of him winning—not even the woman whose trust he’d destroy if she discovers his secrets. But with a film crew capturing the explosive kitchen chemistry between them, will his bad-boy ways rear up and ruin his shot at becoming Shaye’s Mr. Perfect?

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Tracey Alvarez lives in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand) where she’s yet to be buried under her to-be-read book pile by Wellington’s infamous wind—her Kindle’s a lifesaver! Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.

Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, she’s the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes—Kiwi men, in other words.

When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, Tracey can be found reading sexy books of all romance genres, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars, or bribing her kids to take over the housework.


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One second Del stood beside her all moody and mysterious, and the next, his hands gripped the railing on either side of her hips. He moved fast—fast enough that she made an embarrassing little eep-ish squawk. Nowhere to go unless she became flexible enough to do a flip over the wooden railing.

Shaye yanked her hands from her pockets and gave his chest a shove. “Back off.”

Even after she added her sous chef do it now or die glare, he stayed, big and bad and way too close. He continued watching her with dark and unreadable eyes, his nostrils flaring slightly as he breathed.

Her hands didn’t know what to do. She couldn’t put them back on those two hard pecs, since every single nerve-ending had soaked up the heat burning through Del’s shirt and transmitted swoony, oh yeah sighs into her brain.

Stupid nerve-endings. Stupid brain.

She wriggled her bottom, so she half sat on the railing, arching away from him. “What are you doing?”

“Showing you the reason.”

The rough timbre of his voice stroked over her. Wickedly dark, decadently rich, scarily addictive. Like chocolate, the quality stuff made of eighty percent pure cacao.

He leaned forward, his face level with hers. “It’s a compelling reason.”

Shaye’s hand shot out to grip his biceps—that or topple backward—but God, he felt amazing. All hard, sinewy muscle and why the hell couldn’t she unhook her fingers?

Her breathing hitched, high and ragged. “My sister’s a cop, and I know how to defend myself.”

“So, show me your ninja moves.”

“Daring a cornered woman to hurt you isn’t very bright.”

One of his hands rasped off the wooden railing and touched the end of her ponytail. He selected a strand and stroked it down her jaw. Shaye licked her lips, unable to suck her gaze from his mouth, which angled closer. Close enough that she could tell the flavor of the last handful of potato chips he’d eaten.

Salt and vinegar. Her favorite.

She strained upward to see if he tasted as good as he smelled…Freaking hell—

Shaye reared back a little, hair slipping from his fingers, her chin narrowly missing his. “Are you going to kiss me?”

Her heart gave a little bunny-hop at the thought and leaped around her ribs.

“Not unless you ask real nice.”

“Ask you?” There was that damn smirk of his again. She should’ve guessed he was playing with her. “When pigs fly.”

A muscle ticked in his jaw, but the smile didn’t falter. “Now you’ll have to say, ‘Please, Del. With a cherry on top.’”

“I’d jam that cherry up your nose before I’d kiss you, Hollywood. Get outta my face.”

His gaze dipped once to her mouth then flicked up. “I can’t go anywhere while you’re grabbing onto me.”

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~*~ Blog Tour ~*~ Stay (Keaton, #2) by B.A. Wolfe

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Ebook mailed 9.13Title: Stay (The Keaton Series)

Author: B.A. Wolfe

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance 18+

Publication Date: October 20, 2014

Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

 

~ Synopsis ~

Fate took Cassandra down a path she never expected.

Then a small town in Colorado gave her exactly what she needed—until tragedy left her heartbroken and devastated. Alone with only her child and her memories, Cassie struggled to put her life back together, one day at a time, piece by piece. Finding love again was something she never thought possible. That was, until she ran into an unlikely stranger who flipped her entire world on its axis.

Aidan had a secret locked away in his heart; one that would surely send Cassie running the second she discovered it. He held onto her closely and kept his secret guarded, but one careless mistake could reveal all.

Their friendship was strong, their moments beautiful, and the love that brewed between them intense—something neither denied. The only problem? Cassie was slowly letting him into her life. Could she let herself get close to the one person she didn’t think she should?

Her mind tells her to run, but her heart tells her to stay.

 

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Chapter 1 – One Year Ago

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My hand shot left and landed on the alarm clock, silencing its incessant beeping. There was no point even setting it. I’d been awake for hours, anyway, but inside my nerves were having a hay day. Heartbeats thudded against my chest as I sucked in deep breaths trying to calm myself.

“Fuck it,” I muttered, kicking my heavy comforter off.

I swung my legs over the edge of the bed and ran a hand through my messy morning hair. My eyes traveled to the phone on my nightstand. I picked it up, sent a quick message to my brother, then tossed it beside me on the bed and made my way to the kitchen in nothing but my boxers. After dumping coffee grinds into the maker and setting the machine to brew, I braced my arms against the white countertop and stared down mindlessly while I waited. Your brain knew when something was important. It wouldn’t let you think of anything else. It was all-consuming. Today, it might just be the death of me.

I filled my lucky Denver Bronco’s mug and paced my way through the house. Wearing a path in the floor was the only thing slowing my thoughts. I downed a few sips and stopped in front of a tall bookshelf. A covered box containing all my letters from Jase was nestled there.

It had started out as a joke, but neither of us could stop writing. I told him I had a mailbox at college and then every week I had a letter waiting for me. And every week I’d write him back. I saved them all. His latest had me smiling hard. He was happy. Really happy—thanks to her. I needed to meet that girl. My eyes caught a glimpse of the clock; it was nearly time.

I took a shower and slipped on a pair of worn jeans, a plain tee, and my Nikes. Sucking in a deep breath, I grabbed my keys and left, bracing myself for the day ahead.

I was only an hour into my drive when the red engine light caught my eye. It came on every once in a while, so I pushed it to the back of my mind. My foot pressed a little harder on the gas pedal. As the needle on the speedometer crept higher, a new light on the dashboard lit up. And then it happened—my car started to shut down. “Fuck.” I banged my fist at the wheel as the car slowed. But no amount of banging or cursing helped. I veered to the shoulder of the highway, dodging car after car. Finally, the piece of crap stopped dead.

“No, no, no. Don’t do this to me now.” I pounded the steering wheel again, ready to beat it to death. “Not today. Damn it!” I reached for my phone in the cup holder, dialed the number for Triple A, and within minutes the rep said a tow truck would be on its way. Estimated time of forty-five minutes. Great.

It was too important of a day to be starting out like this. I only prayed things turned around.

 

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7133885B.A. Wolfe is a girl with a passion for reading and writing, and lives in the good ol’ state of Colorado with her husband (her biggest cheerleader), and her two crazy min pin fur babies. These days, her life is anything but calm, and there isn’t one thing she’d want to change.

B.A. spends all her free time either furiously typing stories on her laptop or happily reading through her endless T BR on her Kindle. Her list of favorites would be long enough to fill a book, but most would likely fall under the romance category.

She is a sucker for a good love story that makes her cry, and an amazing book boyfriend who will melt her heart. ‘Away’ is B.A. Wolfe’s debut novel.

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~*~ Series Tour ~*~ Love in the City Series by Steph Nuss


Book One – Wanted By You 

Carter was captivated by Ellyson Evans the moment he laid eyes on her,
but she was the one girl who didn’t beg for his attention.
He wanted her.
Ellyson vowed to never fall in love, because love can destroy you,
but then she met Carter Jennings.
She wanted him.
Unwilling to risk their comfortable friendship, neither confessed their desires.
Losing touch after college, a chance meeting reconnects them.
They want each other.
But love in the city is never quite that easy.
 
 
My Review:
Firstly I want to thank Steph for kindly providing me with a copy of Wanted By You, to read and review <3
It sort of reminded me of the TV series “Gossip Girl” but with less drama….
Wanted By You, is a great blossoming love story between two best friends that had their chance when they were younger only to have drifted apart of the years due to family/life…when a chance encounter and fate intervenes to bring these two love birds back together, once again…
Carter was very swoon-worthy, and Elly was such a down-to-earth and witty heroine..
There was a scene that I absolutely loved….I’m not going to tell you but here’s a riddle, so if you can figure it out, or you could just pick this book up and read all about it :D
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The back-story, nope I’m not going to mention it,  was a great twist and was interesting to be seen by the readers as part of a relationship baggage. The pretence and thought of this added that extra angst to the storyline…
We get glimpses into their past, which really helped to get to know them better, and understand how it helped shaped the individuals they are today …
There are many things that are great about this novel.
I love the story line.
I love the characters.
Carter and Ellyson are such a good couple.
I love their friends! Their friends are so freaking funny.
This is written in dual POVs…..you all know what that means….YES!! I LOVE it when authors write like this!!!
Steph has done a wonderful job with this novel and now I’m really looking forward to the next instalment in this series!
 
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Book Two –   Fantasized By You

Celebrity fashion designer, Harper Jennings is only months away from turning thirty, and her dream of living a happily ever after has yet to come true.

She’s given up on her fantasy.
Personal trainer and gym owner, Maverick Jones isn’t thrilled about having a designer mentoring in his new clinic, but after meeting the brunette beauty face-to-face, he dreams of having his way with her.
He’s ready to turn his fantasy into reality.
But when their fantasies collide, love in the city becomes more complicated than they ever imagined.
 
 
 
 
 
 

My Review:

Firstly I want to thank Steph for kindly providing me with a copy of Fantasized By You, to read and review <3
We first met both Harper & Maverick in book #1 Wanted By You and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be reading their story in Fantasized By You.
Personally I felt that  you didn’t have to read the first novel to understand the second…but that’s just me, each to their own….as they saying goes…
Maverick, a gym owner and Harper is a Fashion designer…..and unbeknown to Maverick in the beginning H is Carter’s big sister….When both H & Mav meet sparks literally fly as he blames the industry for the death of a friend (who happened to be friends with Harper) who was bulimic.
After learning in Book #1 that Harper wants to volunteer as a mentor in the counselling program that Maverick has at his gym, H and Mav finally meet. We learn that she also struggled with bulimia, but sought out treatment after the death of their friend.
Maverick is a total romantic, caring, sexy, humorous & everything Harper wants in a man. He is also a total ALPHA male.  He does things his way and likes to take control….THIS……Harper likes.
There are many things that are great about this novel.
I love the story line.
I love the characters.
Mav and H are THE perfect couple.
I love their friends! They are so freaking funny.
This is written in dual POVs…..you all know what that means….YES!! I LOVE it when authors write like this!!!
She includes the whole group so you’re continually getting updates, but you’re also learning about the lives of new characters as well.
Steph has done a wonderful job with this novel and now I’m really looking forward to the next instalment in this series!
 
 
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Book Three – Pleasured By You 
Expected Release Date: January 20th, 2015
The Love in the City series continues with Bayler and Fletcher’s story.
 
 
 
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Steph Nuss was born and raised in rural Kansas, where she currently resides with her black Labrador son named Gunner. She grew up with a passion for reading and writing. When she’s not immersed into the land of fiction, she enjoys listening to music that came before her time, watching movies and reruns of her favorite shows, and hanging out with her family and friends. She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology that she’ll never use…unless she’s profiling her characters of course.
 
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~*~ Cover Reveal ~*~ Destined to Meet by Jourdyn Kelly

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Book Title: Destined To Meet
Author: Jourdyn Kelly
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: November 8th, 2014
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With the support of her faithful Hunters, Anala travels home for the first time in centuries. After six hundred years of living, what could possibly be out there that she hasn’t seen? What she finds will shock even her.

We met Anala and her eclectic group of Hunters in Destined to Kill. We experienced their pain in Destined to Love. In Destined to Meet, Anala will face her past, present and future all at once. Will she survive the journey? Will her Hunters? And, what will Anala choose to do when she finds out the Society of Hunters and her parents’ legacy are in jeopardy?

This is the final book in the Destined Series. Follow Anala and her Hunters in their final quest to see how it all ends.

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“Well. This is . . . quaint.” Eric pushes open the room door to the one and only place to stay here in the village.

I told you. Eric is a total politician since the room we’re standing in is a complete broom closet. The good thing is there’s absolutely no one around and we have the place to ourselves. So, we rented out four rooms. I think the owners of this ‘quaint’ little place were a bit stunned, and completely happy to hand over the keys to half of their rooms.

“Isn’t it though?” I murmur. All I can think of is how thin the walls are. Somehow I doubt Sam and I will have any privacy, which sucks (pun intended) because feeding from Sam definitely makes me . . .

“Ana?”

I clear my throat as Sam laughs quietly. “Yes, Emily?”

“Have you heard from Amanda?”

“Yes. Assuming Tania is on her way here, they’re about thirty minutes out. Why don’t you two get some sleep? We’ll need to keep eyes on Tania at all times unless she ends up bunking down somewhere.”

Eric and Emily nod, and Sam and I leave them to go to the farthest room away.

Sam pushes the door close and backs me up against it. “Feeding from me makes you what?” he asks gruffly.

“I’m pretty sure you know.”

“I want to hear you say it.”

“Well I don’t!”

Amanda’s voice in my ear startles me so much I jump the entire distance of the room. Okay, it’s only like ten feet, but still.

“Damn it, Amanda!” I put my hand over my heart. If I had any doubts that I had a beating heart before, I certainly don’t now.

“It’s not my fault you left the line open! And I certainly don’t want to hear what goes on between you and my brother!”

“Do you have any updates?” The question comes out harsher than I meant for it to, but she interrupted a nice moment that could have turned into really nice moments.

“Don’t get all grumpy with me. At least you have someone to do stuff with that shouldn’t be done over an open line.”

I open my mouth to respond, then close it again. She’s right. Amanda finally got her crush to ask her out, and I totally ruin it for her by recruiting her to the Society.

“Sorry.”

There’s an awkward silence, and then a soft clearing of a throat.

“According to Jenna’s search, Tania’s friend’s name is Monica McKinney. Nothing scandalous to report about her. She’s twenty-four and works for a bank. She’s been there since she graduated from high school. No arrests, no tickets. She’s an all-around Pollyanna as far as anyone can tell. Jenna says she can hack into her Facebook to see who her friends are, but I doubt that would help us much. They’re definitely on their way there. We are close to your village.”

“It’s not my village anymore, Amanda,” I inform her gently.

“Ana, a part of you will always be there.”

I ignore that, and move on with the conversation. “Tell Jenna good job on the search. Do you think Buffy and Willow will visit with the Priestess tonight or find a place to sleep for the night?”

As soon as the question is out of my mouth, I realize that the only place they can sleep is right here where we are. Unless, of course, they know someone in the village. If that’s the case, we may get names of some of the other players.

“I’m hoping they sleep, ’cause I’m tired as hell.”

I can hear the weariness in Amanda’s voice, and it makes me cringe. I need to remember that my Hunters need to rest. Rest, eat, train. It’s a simple thing to remember. Why I’m having such a hard time with it, who the hell knows?

“Sam and I will meet you and take over. You guys come back to the motel and sleep.”

“We can stick it out until she . . . “

“No, Amanda. Eric and Emily are sleeping. You guys need to as well. Tell me how far out you are and we’ll take over the tail as you pass by.”

“Is that an order?” Amanda asks haughtily.

“Yes, Ms. Crabby Pants, it is. If you’re giving me this attitude, you will only get worse the longer you’re awake. I don’t need that crap.” I make sure I put enough teasing in my voice where she knows I’m kidding with her. At least I hope she does.

“Fine, Selene. We’re about twenty minutes out, coming in on the main road.”

I chuckle at my ‘handle’. “We’ll be out there, hidden. I’ll signal you when we see you. They may head in our direction since this is the only place to sleep around here. If that’s the case, Sam and I will keep watch. If not, we will continue on with them and contact you after you’ve gotten some sleep.”

“Can we be sure you and Sam won’t be . . . “

“Yes!” I laugh. “We can control ourselves, you know.”

“Sure you can. And Jenna doesn’t pop her damn gum.”

“Whatever,” I laugh. “I have much more self-discipline than blondie. It’s really too bad Buffy was taken. Jenna fills that to a tee.”

I hear Amanda telling Jenna what I said. “She’s giving you a hand gesture. I’ll leave it to your imagination what gesture it is. Now get going or you’re not going to make it.”

“Yes ma’am.”

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Currently living in the Houston area, Jourdyn spends her time writing, designing websites and caring for what she equates as a zoo with 3 dogs, 2 cats, a bearded dragon, 2 frogs and 2 turtles and an axolotl. In the recent years, she has changed her lifestyle to include working out and eating right. She now competes in triathlons, will run her second half-marathon in early 2015, and loves Muay Thai kickboxing, boxing and Krav Maga.

Jourdyn loves bringing her characters out for everyone to meet. Her goal is to keep writing in many different genres, as she feels there shouldn’t be anything limiting writers.

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~*~ Blog Tour ~*~ Hourglass Squared by K.S. Smith & Megan C. Smith

Title: Hourglass Squared
Authors: K.S. Smith & Megan C. Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing

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After recovering from being scorned by the same man, best friends Brooke and Savannah have not only mended their friendship, but also their hearts. With both girls finally married to the Worthington twins, these women have found it all and are living in pure marital bliss.

But not all honeymoons last forever. When Brooke and Josh announce they have a baby on the way, Savannah realizes this is all a bit more than she signed up for. With pressure coming from Jake to start a family, tempers flare and relationships are pushed to the breaking point; driving her to the brink of insanity as she is propelled toward the house in suburbia with the white picket fence.

Brooke tries to stand by Savannah, and be the best friend she has always been, but soon the tables turn and Brooke will need everyone’s support as her world comes crumbling down atop of her.

Join Brooke and Savannah in Hourglass Squared as they fight any obstacle that comes their way, together. Relationships will be tested, friendships strained, causing the course of their lives to be changed, forever.

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Unable to take it much longer, I needed to clear my head. I rushed off, passing the restroom in the waiting room and darted into it. I locked the deadbolt behind me, thankful it was a single person restroom.

I leaned back against the cold tile wall, and it was as if the walls of the Hoover Dam had come crumbling down. Tears rushed down my cheeks, soaking my face. My body was so heavy that I could hardly stand. I began to slide down the wall until I was sitting on the floor, my arms using every ounce of their might to keep my legs pulled up as they pressed against my huge belly. My body rocked back and forth, each sob ripping through harder than the last.

My cell phone began to ring in my purse, but I had no energy to answer it. It continued ringing, but my cries soon drowned out the sound. After what must have been minutes, although it seemed like an eternity, a pounding started on the door of the restroom.

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K.S. Smith is an aspiring new contemporary romance author. When she is not writing you will most likely find her tanning on the beautiful Florida beaches, spending time with her family and friends or dedicating her time to the military through her favorite non-profit organization.

K.S. Smith was born and raised in Tampa, FL and continues to build her life there in her new home with her boyfriend of ten years who will hopefully one day put all book boyfriends to shame with an out of this world proposal.

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Megan Smith was born and raised in beautiful Tampa, Florida where she spent her days falling in love with fictional characters from a very young age.

After marrying her best friend she relocated to North Carolina to support her husband’s career as a U.S. Marine. During her time in North Carolina Megan was blessed with 3 beautiful children who have kept her constantly busy chasing after them and enjoying the daily routine of motherhood.

Most recently Megan and her family have relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida where she has spent the past few months achieving her lifelong dream of publishing her very first novel; as well as continuing to submerge herself in some of her favorite books while appreciating a glass of wine and her favorite, salted pretzel Milanos.

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~*~ Cover Reveal ~*~ Zoey and the Nice Guy by Carter Ashby

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Book Title: Zoey and the Nice Guy
Author: Carter Ashby
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: November 18, 2014
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For Zoey Odell, the definition of family is her two best friends, Maya and Addy. So when Maya makes the decision to leave her abusive husband, Zoey is only too happy to lavish her with support and a temporary home. Unfortunately, taking in her best friend also means seeing more of that no good do-gooder, Kellen Bradley.

For Kellen, the definition of family has just been shattered. After finding out that his brother is an abusive monster, he can’t help but question himself and his parents. The one thing he knows for certain is that he’ll do anything to take care of his sister-in-law and her children. For them, he would walk into gunfire, pass through the flames of hell…even go head-to-head with Zoey Odell.

Zoey has no intention of letting him in, but Kellen is done taking her crap. Life has just gotten real and he’s more than ready to shed his nice-guy image. When he finally stands up to her, Zoey starts seeing him in a new light. As the attraction turns mutual, she finds it more and more difficult to hide behind her carefully formed walls. And Kellen is finding himself more and more driven to tear those walls down.

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He opened his eyes and for the first time ever, there was fire in them. He stepped toward her and pointed at her. “Here’s how it’s going to be. I’m going to visit my sister and her kids whenever. The fuck. I want. And you’re going to keep your goddamn mouth shut about how much you hate me, especially around those kids. You got no right badmouthing me where they can hear. You understand all that?”

She pressed her lips together to keep from grinning. “Yeah, I understand.”

He stepped back, the fire in his eyes replaced by stunned confusion. He blew out a breath and rubbed the back of his neck. “I’m sorry to have to talk to you like that, but you’ve left me no choice.”

She did laugh, then. She couldn’t help herself. “What’s next, Kellen? Are you gonna spank me and send me to bed?”

He actually blushed.

She stopped laughing and arched her brow. “Is that what you want, Kellen? To spank me?” She was possessed of the desire to flirt. Like a warrior who’d finally met her match on the field of battle, she found a kinship with her enemy. And in her case, a sudden and exciting attraction.

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Carter Ashby is a hardworking housewife and homeschool mother by day, and a romance reader and writer by night. She lives in rural Missouri with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

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~*~ Book Excerpt ~*~ August Fog by A.L. Goulden

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Title: August Fog

Author: A.L. Goulden

 

Release date: April 1st, 2014

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

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Book Description:

Monica Waters is a television editor living in Los Angeles reluctantly passing through her thirties in a damaged marriage to the love of her life Alex. They’ve worked hard since Alex’s affair years ago to get to a place of predictable happiness in all areas except the bedroom. She’s learned to accept the mediocre sex life in exchange for a comfortable and stabilizing companionship to her best friend.

When an artist from New York named Quinn Matthews moves in next door, all of the fire Monica has learned to suppress flares an obsession into a scalding and dangerously secret relationship. Quinn invigorates her lust for art, flesh and a life she hasn’t been living and forces her to make the most difficult decision of her life. Will she clench to her commitment and history with Alex or be swept away by the life and lust she used to dream of with Quinn?

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20438302-august-fog

Book Excerpt

 

A yellow SUV in their shared driveway was blocking half of her ivy-covered carport. Seriously?Monica Wilson squeezed her BMW in almost grazing her husband’s car. That wouldn’t have gone over well. She pried herself out, trying not to scratch her door or laptop against the adjoining fence. Frustration with her neighbor Rebecca bubbled as she slammed the door shut. She tried to get control of her chestnut hair and looked over the vehicle. She would be sending her husband Alex to complain.

The SUV had New York plates, was filthy and had quite a few dings around the bumpers. She smiled remembering the tin cans her friends drove when she lived there. Her best friend’s car was like something out of a demolition derby. Considering New York held some of her fondest memories, she tried to ease up and pushed through the tall Japanese style gate that opened to their beautiful zen inspired backyard.

That’s when she saw him. On the wooden staircase that wound up to Rebecca’s converted attic was a man that shifted everything into slow motion. A man, that for a second at least, she would follow anywhere. Jeans and a t-shirt exposed his tan muscular build. While the back of his shaved head revealed no character, his climb was hypnotic. A beautiful tattoo engulfing his right arm looked like branches from an old tree. It was rooted around a box he carried with ease as she scanned his body. There was no rational explanation for her reaction to him. She hadn’t noticed she was still holding on to the back gate when it slipped. The slam jolted her out of the daze and he turned.

Monica inspected her purse and fumbled with her keys. He paused near the top of the stairs waiting for her attention. She walked towards the back door feeling his heavy stare entice her head up. His eyes were crystal blue and pensive under his low-slung heavy brow. He had large full lips, a strong jaw and a rugged nose that looked like it had been broken a few times. Her stomach twisted as he smiled. He was gorgeous. Flushed, she returned the smile and barreled through the door.

“Who’s the guy next door?” she hollered to Alex, dropping her stuff on the laundry room counter. He entered, still sweaty from work and swooped in for a quick hello kiss. He smiled as his stubble tickled her face. Standing at six feet, he also had a shaved head and gray-blue eyes. His thirty-four year old body hinted of the weight training that dominated most of his twenties but had now softened with domestication.

“Oh, you mean the Kelly Slater look alike?” he laughed, “Rebecca’s renting out the upstairs to some artist guy. She says he’s bi-coastal… whatever that means. I think he’s gay.”

“What makes you say that?” she asked.

“Did you see what he drives?”

“So.”

“So? That’s what Robin drives.” He referred to her best friend.

“That might be the dumbest thing you’ve ever said. What’s your deal? Did he look at you too long or something?”

“Hey, I’ve got no problem even if he is gay. He can look all he wants. I’m just saying.” Alex flexed his arms and inspected himself.

“Just because Rebecca’s gay doesn’t mean everyone she’s around is gay.” Monica’s hand reached down to pet their rambunctious Pointer Lacey. “I just hate that she and Julie split. I miss her.”

“I know. Me too. I wish she had gotten the house, but Rebecca could afford it.”

“Then why’s she renting out a room?”

“I don’t know,” he said rolling his eyes, “It’s not like we have any control over our neighbors.” He leaned in for another quick peck and shuffled towards the bathroom stripping for his shower along the way. She watched remembering when that alone used to send her running to him. He hopped around in just his socks and underwear looking more child-like than sexy.

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About the Author:

Im a designer, author, wife and dog-lover living in the South Pasadena area of California. I got my BFA in Film Production from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, but my love of a good story came way before college. I remember writing my first full story in fifth grade on a typewriter. I cut and pasted it into a book, complete with cardboard cover and taped binding. Things have changed a lot since then. With the magnificent digital age I can produce books and give them to the world without a sticky mess.

In collegeb numerous instructors and peers praised my dialogue pushed me to hone  my storytelling skills. Of course the need to cut and paste was still there, so I went into the world of Production Design and Art Direction for films and television. It gave me the ability to connect design to storytelling in a way that no other career can. The past 18 years have spun a unique perspective on visually emotional tales of relationships and the thread that ties all things together. Now I’m shifting focus on the driving force thatn brought me here… stories. I hope that I can share a unique perspective on life, love and the pursuit in all of the above.

 

Official Website: http://www.author-algoulden.com/

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