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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Book Spotlight : CHASING SWELLS by A.L. Goulden

An absorbing journey about riding the waves of life, overcoming childhood loss, and letting go of the mistakes that barricade us from our potential.
Chasing Swells
CHASING SWELLS
A.L. Goulden
Genre: Sports Romance
Publisher: Smashwords
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
A professional surfer struggles to reclaim the Championship when a travel writer is assigned to observe his journey between events. What seems like a dangerous diversion, both in and out of the water, forces him to accept that there's more missing from his life than another trophy.
When he won his first World Title at eighteen, they said he’d be the greatest professional surfer to ever compete. Fourteen years later, Dean "DeBaz" Bazner is inching towards retirement having never clinched another Title. This year he’s pushing limits to prove his beginning wasn’t a fluke, and it’s working. Until she comes along.
You don’t have to know anything about surfing for it to change your life. Travel writer Azure Thomas can attest to that. She was navigating the changing world of freelance journalism when she took this gig. She wasn’t prepared for a man that connects to her profound loss and sacrifices everything, except his soul, to live his dream. He’s more than a hot magazine cover, and surfing is more than a hobby. The dangerous diversion, in and out of the water, forces Dean to accept there's more missing from his life than another trophy.
Amongst tropical breezes, in the most beautiful locations on earth, CHASING SWELLS is an absorbing journey about riding the waves of life, overcoming childhood loss, and letting go of the mistakes that barricade us from our potential.
Loved it! A. L. Goulden knows how to keep you turning pages. The characters are fully developed and don't fall flat.
- aclaremont, Amazon Reviewer
Catching waves has never been sexier! This story is beautiful because you have a woman that is not confident doing a job where confidence is key to getting what you want and a guy who has all the confidence for both of them.
- The Book Fairy Reviews, Amazon Reviewer

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Excerpt

Landing Skids (her loss revealed in a helicopter)

Dean

***

She looks like one of those tarot cards my mom had. The Goddess one, with all the hair and fabric flying around her. I like this dress better than the yellow one. Dean watches the flutter of fabric around her breast, catching glimpses of the soft skin underneath. The only part of her dress that isn’t flapping in the wind is stretched across her lower back. Her curves are very, very nice. He can see the line of that black lacey thong he’d like another glimpse of while she leans against Garrett’s seat.

“Are you okay over there?”

Dean doesn’t realize she’s talking to him until her eyes remove his from her ass. "Yeah, I'm fine,” he says, amused by the return of her shy face. “Just taking in the view.” Azure sits back and secures her harness. Dean grows serious to prove he wasn’t ignoring her. "It must've been hard to be so far from your family. Were they in Oregon? Boston’s about as far away as you can get."

Her face goes blank and she turns away with a shrug.

Guess my bullshit smalltalk is even worse than my overly detailed wave analysis. When Azure stays distant Dean leans outside again, letting the wind sting all over. Don’t women always complain that we don’t listen? One minute she’s flirty, the next she’s not. Hope she’s not a cold-hot-cold kinda chick. I’ll pass on that, even for a quickie. The whole Candice mess is bad enough.

After a long minute Azure says, "I didn't have a family by then.”

There’s a still moment before Dean’s brain registers each sound of her words and their meanings, delivered so straight forward and simple. He pulls back into his seat slowly, searching for context in her face.

Azure puts her sunglasses back on, at first not looking away. "My parents and little brother died in a car accident when I was six. Drunk driver."

She retreats to the open air and Dean’s hand slides into hers. She doesn’t acknowledge it, but she doesn’t refuse it either. It feels like they're losing altitude, even though Bryce has them perfectly level. A truth rarely spoken about isn’t the kind of thing divulged over a microphone in a hurricane. No one knows what to say in the radio silence. It’s a familiar discomfort that Dean knows all too well.

"I'm really sorry," he says, "I lost my dad to a car accident when I was ten."

Of course, I still had my mom, so I’m an asshole for trying to compare shitty tragedies. I can’t imagine losing both. Losing everyone. And even younger than I was?

He puts on his sunglasses too, avoiding everyone before the emotions get too heavy. When she caresses his palm, still staring out into the reef, there’s a twist in Dean’s stomach. She doesn’t owe him any comfort. Especially not when his prying opened this can in the first place. But she’s done it. With the tiniest of movements on an inch of his skin, she sends the most soothing vibration through his whole body, making him feel less alone. His friends stay quiet in their unease, but what can any person say about a tragedy like they’ve faced?

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Contest runs from July 25 - August 7, 2017.

About A.L. Goulden

A.L. Goulden
A. L. Goulden has a BFA in Film Production from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her love of a good story came way before college, but when numerous instructors and peers praised her dialogue she realized her creative writing hobby was a skill worth honing. Her 18 year career in interior design, production design and art direction for film and television have spun a unique perspective on visually emotional tales of relationships and the thread that ties all things together.
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RELEASE BLITZ - #MomFail Anthology




Title: #MomFail
Authors: Various
Genre: Comedy Anthology
Release Date: July 25, 2017



Blurb

Everyone just stop for one bleeping minute so we can all get real with each other. Being a mom is some tough $#!†. You're constantly wearing questionable substances that make you ask, "is this chocolate or ... oh, crap ..." and your purse is merely a receptacle for three-week-old snacks and broken crayons.

Let's be honest ... even when we're doing this “mom” thing right, we're somehow doing it completely wrong.

Pardon us while we dust off our collective Mother of the Year trophy and proudly present you with an epic anthology of #MOMFAILS.

*Stories inspired by real life (unless you’re a cop, then it’s all complete fiction). Names and situations have been changed to protect the guilty (and by guilty, we mean the moms). Because motherhood is a battlefield and we're all just trying to survive by any means necessary. 


Featuring this amazing lineup: Alissa York, A.M. Willard, BL Berry, Carina Adams, Claudia Burgoa, Crystal Burnette, Dylan Allen, Faith Andrews, Gia Riley, J.A. DeRouen, Kate Anslinger, Leddy Harper, LK Collins, LL Collins, Marie James, Piper Rayne, Riann C. Miller, Shari J. Ryan, Stephanie Rose, Stephie Walls, SM West, TL Swan, Teresa Michaels, and foreword written by: Nicole Kane Knepper







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Praise for #MomFail

"Enjoy this book. It's a f*cking winner." - Nicole Knepper, Author of Moms Who Drink And Swear

"This is the best anthology I have ever read." - Julie, Goodreads User

"You DO NOT need to be a mom to appreciate these hilarious, real life stories. The only babies I have are furbabies but that didn't stop me from loving and laughing at the moments these amazing women have chosen to share with us. There are so many great stories in this compilation that I couldn't even tell you which one is my favorite." - Between The Lines Book Blog

"I read three stories ... and let me tell you they were absolutely hilarious, I'm still laughing." - Holly, Goodreads User

"A great anthology filled with funny mom short stories. Being a parent is always an adventure and although these stories may or may not be true, I can vividly see them happen in real life." - Kristie, Book Boyfriend Boutique

"It doesn't matter if you are a new mom or a seasoned mom this book is for you! I laughed, cried (sympathetically, of course) and cringed as some hit a little close to home." - Shawn, Goodreads User


Release Blitz : VIKTOR by Sarah Marsh

NEW BOOK RELEASE
When the heroes have reputations like these, who needs a villain?
Viktor
VIKTOR
Sarah Marsh
Series: Happy Evil After Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Publication Date: June 21, 2017
Pandora is a Fairy Godmother who’s never fit in with her own people. Only she has the power…and the attitude, to step in and help those who others have decided aren’t worthy of a happy ending. How hard could it be to manipulate some of the most feared beings in their world?
Viktor has spent his entire un-dead life being the bogey man to the paranormal community and that’s the way he wants to keep it....with everyone else far away from him. When the opportunity arises to take his revenge on his nemesis, he can’t resist—even if it means risking his reputation and rescuing the damsel in distress.
Halle never expected to find herself in need of a savior, especially one with a reputation like Viktor’s. But she’s used to listening to her instincts and her cat trusts the strange woman who pops up and claims to have some solutions.
If a girl can’t trust her own Fairy Godmother, then what is this world coming to?
This is such a unique story! The blurb alone makes me want to read this book and once I started I couldn’t stop. The romance is both sweet and seriously hot. I’m thinking some ice water on the side while reading this story would not be a bad plan.
Viktor by Sarah Marsh is the first in the Happy Evil After series. I love this series!!! Dark fairies, humor, sizzling heat, and did I mention humor. This is one of those stories I did not want to end. I loved it and want more from this amazingly well written series. Bring on the dark fairies and the questionable paranormals Dori saves.
- Tina, Goodreads Reviewer

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An Excerpt from the Book

Take an inside look at Viktor. Read this sizzling excerpt from the book.
"I mean you no harm, lady. You can go. I'm only here for what's in the car," he said slowly walking towards her. She was a cute little thing, all soft curves with golden skin and hair.
"Ummm, yeah, about that … I'm what's in the car, Mr. Krescech. You have to take me with you out of here," she said almost nervously, those big green eyes pleading with him.
Clearly, she was also insane. What was with the women he was running into this week? Viktor had had more than his fair share of groupies throwing themselves at him in the bars, wanting to take a walk on the wild side for a few hours, but this wholesome little beauty certainly didn't look like the type, so he had no idea exactly what she was asking him for.
"I don't think so," he said, moving past her towards the open back door to search the car.
"Seriously, there's nothing else in the car. They were taking me from my family and my pard to be married to Conrad. I have to go with you to get away from him," she continued, putting her tiny little hands on her very curvy hips in a way that distracted him far more than it should have.
Interesting, so this little number was a leopard shifter? Viktor hadn't really had any interaction with the pard in this country, but by reputation, they were a good lot. Why on Earth would she agree to marry Conrad?
"I don't rescue damsels in distress. I eat them," he said with a flash of fang. "So run along, little kitten."
The tiny spitfire threw her hands dramatically up in the air and sighed loudly.
"You just saved me from a life of baby-making slavery. Aren't you supposed to whisk me away to your super-secret villain lair and ravish me? Sheesh, where's your follow-through?"
Viktor just stood there and stared at her for a moment. He didn't know whether to laugh at her ridiculous statement or take her up on her offer and bend her over right here on the trunk of Conrad's car. He was extremely turned on by the fact that she didn't seem the least bit afraid of him. He'd always tried to pretend that his reputation in the paranormal community pleased him, that it helped him by keeping the rabble away. But deep down it bothered him that everyone always thought the worst of him. His honor was just yet another thing that Melisandre and Conrad had stolen from him when they took his mortality.
"Don't you know who I am, woman?" he finally said as she just stood there looking at him expectantly.
"Yes, I know who you are. Who else is capable of keeping me out of Conrad's douchy hands?"

Giveaway

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Contest runs from July 26 - August 1, 2017.

About Sarah Marsh

Sarah Marsh was born in British Columbia where she still lives, she has only recently began her writing career finding it the perfect outlet for taking the edge off a nine to five office job. She's been a science fiction and romance junkie for years and when her imagination started to take the characters she'd read about even further in their adventures she decided to try writing something of her own.
Sarah's also a former pastry chef and spends a lot of time cooking and baking for friends and family as well as painting and knitting. Her biggest weaknesses are animals of any kind…she even loves the ones that wake you up at four in the morning because they can almost see the bottom of their food dish.
When it comes to life in general she's a big believer that laughter is the best medicine and that there's no such thing as too much love, which is why she's such a sucker for a happy ending.
Official website: http://sarahmarshfiction.com/
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: Unexpectedly Royal - Jennifer Domenico



Unexpectedly Royal

Review: Unexpectedly Royal - Jennifer Domenico - February 2016
One of my favorite movies and themes is the Cinderella tale when a normal girl meets a handsome prince, and they go off to live HEA eventually despite all the obstacles thrown in their ways. So when I saw Unexpectedly Royal by Jennifer Domenico, I knew I had to read it and I loved it. Delaney and her best friend Fallyn start the new year off with a couple of resolutions each. Fallyn's is to cut down on saying the F-word and Delaney's is to learn how to cook and thanks to Fallyn, she has been enrolled in a few lessons. Their other resolution is to find love and a genuine guy as well. Though neither realized that this time the following year, they would be in the arms of Princes. Delaney starts her cooking class, and her partner is a pretentious guy named Lathan. The pair eventually clicks and one thing leads to another and Delaney is wooed by Lathan. Turns out though he is escaping his life for now as he shamed his father - the King. Lathan is in fact heir to the throne of Havendon and assumed to take the role of King if something happens to his father, though this is years away. Unfortunately though just as he starts to settle and get deeper into love with Delaney, he is called back to Havendon. Can he prove to his father that he loves Delaney and she would make a good Princess/Queen since it is normally frowned upon to marry someone who is not Havendon born and bred? Can Delaney learn to become one of the Royal family in a country where it's traditions and customs are so far removed to what she is used to in America?  Find out in this amazing Modern Cinderella story - Unexpectedly Royal by Jennifer Domenico, a book that fans of the movie The Prince and Me will love as every girl despite their denial have thought once or twice in their lives what it would be like to marry a prince of their own.





RELEASE BLITZ - Tied by Elena M. Reyes & N. Isabelle Blanco




Title: Tied
Series: Voyeur #2
Authors: Elena M. Reyes & N. Isabelle Blanco
Genre: Erotic Thriller/Dark Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2017



Blurb

That bloody bitch thinks she’s the biggest villain here . . .
And I’m going to let her keep thinking that.
She thinks she knows how far I’ll go to save Ivy.
In reality, she has no fucking clue. I’d kill for her.
My humanity recedes while a demon is born. I want their blood on my hands.
The stakes are beyond high, trapped in this sex dungeon with no way out. Our loved ones are being threatened while we’re being forced to endure.
But none of that matters to me as much as the endgame.
I’ll be leaving here once I take the two things that matter most:
I’ll be claiming my woman.
And once I find our way out, I’ll be taking our captor’s life too.
She thought she could threaten my girl.
I’m about to show her just how wrong she is.







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Elena M. Reyes


Elena M. Reyes was born and raised in Miami Florida. She is the epitome of a Floridian and if she could live in her beloved flip-flops, she would.

As a small child, she was always intrigued with all forms of art—whether it was dancing to island rhythms, or painting with any medium she could get her hands on. Her first taste of writing came to her during her fifth grade year when her class was prompted to participate in the D. A. R. E. Program and write an essay on what they’d learned.

Her passion for reading over the years has amassed her with hours of pleasure. It wasn't until she stumbled upon fanfiction that her thirst to write overtook her world. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband and son, spending all her down time letting her creativity flow and letting her characters grow.




N. Isabelle Blanco


N. Isabelle Blanco is the Amazon Bestselling Author of the Allure Series, the Need Series with K.I. Lynn, and many others. At the age of three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she began to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life.

That is, until coffee came a long and took over everything else.

Nowadays, N. spends most of her days surviving the crazy New York rush and arguing with her characters every ten minutes or so, all in the hopes of one day getting them under control.

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Release Day Launch for THE SHARK AND I by Cara Lockwood!


Today we have the release blitz for the amazing The Shark and I by Cara Lockwood. Check out this fantastic new audio book and grab your copy today!


About The Shark & I:

They tell you there are plenty of fish in the sea, but nobody mentions the sharks. Plunge into this hot, hilarious audio-first romance by USA Today bestselling author Cara Lockwood! Getting back into the dating scene is never easy, but imagine my surprise when I sign up for a dating app and get matched with my new business rival. Rich, mysterious and gorgeous, Peter is controlling my company’s high-stakes merger. Everyone says he’s a cutthroat corporate shark who takes no prisoners and guts companies with ruthless precision. But the more I get to know that man behind the expensive suit, the more I see hidden depths that no one else knows about. Peter and I can’t deny our attraction. But are his feelings real, or does he just want inside information about the merger? And when another boardroom power-player makes his interest known, I start to wonder…am I falling for the wrong shark? One thing is clear: in the world of dating, nothing is simple…but risking it all just might lead to the life of your dreams.

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A waiter appeared to take our drink order, and Peter ordered an incredibly expensive bottle of wine as well as some caviar. “Is that all right?” he asked me. “Sure,” I said. “I’ve never had caviar.” That was the extremely expensive part of the menu, the one I tended to avoid when I came here with Gilly. We stuck to appetizers like their yummy flatbreads or their specialty cocktails. I glanced at Peter’s mesmerizing hazel eyes, studying them because I’d never seen eyes quite that color before. Hazel that was lighter than brown, richer than green, almost golden. I could stare at them all night. I shook myself. I needed to focus. I wasn’t supposed to be here having a good time. I was supposed to find out his true intentions toward Carmichael’s and the merger. I was a double-agent, and I couldn’t forget it. The waiter poured our wine—rich, burgundy goodness. “To you,” Peter said, raising his glass. “You… intrigue me, Lori. And not many women do. I’m very much looking forward to getting to know you.” We clicked our glasses together. I took a sip and felt the warm liquid slid down my throat. Deliciousness. “So,” Peter said. “Your mother didn’t hold back.” I snorted a little. “She doesn’t have an edit button, but she let us off easy.” Peter quirked an eyebrow. “Well, I appreciate her honesty. I liked that she got right to the point. Too many people spend their lives dancing around the issue.” “I guess. But it put you in an awkward spot.” “Why? I’ve got nothing to hide.” Peter’s eyes sparkled a little. I wondered if that were true. “Everybody’s hiding something.” To myself, I added, like the fact that you’re a corporate predator, for instance. “I’m not. Ask me anything you want to know.” “Anything?” Questions whirled through my mind. Are you planning to gut Carmichael’s? Are you still in love with that gorgeous ex-wife of yours who cheated? Am I going to lose my job? Do you…. like me as much as I like you? Is this just a game for you… or something more? I could hardly decide which question I wanted to ask first. “Anything,” he confirmed. “Pull no punches. What is the one thing you want to know about me more than anything else?” Peter took a sip of wine. I realized there was truly one question I really wanted to know. “Just what are your intentions….?” With me. With Carmichael’s. With everything. “Oh, that one’s easy,” Peter said, sliding a bit closer to me, so his leg was fully pressed against mine. “I intend for you to fall in love with me.”  

Cara Lockwood Bio:

Cara Lockwood has published more than a sixteen novels, including I Do (But I Don't), which was made into a Lifetime Original Movie starring Denise Richards and Dean Cain. She has written in a wide variety of genres from romantic comedy to paranormal romance and suspense. Her novels have been translated into five languages and are sold all over the world.   A Penn grad, she landed her first book deal at age 29 with Simon and Schuster. Since then, her work has been published by MTV Books, Pocket Books, St. Martin's Press and Harlequin. She was a finalist for the Gayle Wilson award of Excellence in young adult fiction from the Romance Writers of America. Her books include: I Did (But I Wouldn’t Now), Dixieland Sushi, Every Demon Has His Day, Can't Teach An Old Demon New Tricks, Pink Slip Party and the Bard Academy series for young adults, as well as The Shark and I, a new audio book by Audible.   She has presented her work at Book Expo, the Printer’s Row Book Fair, the Iowa City Book Festival and has made dozens of appearances for book readings and events at Barnes and Noble and other major bookstores in cities across the country. She has been reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, The Library Journal, YM magazine, Lucky Magazine, Chicago Magazine, the Boston Herald, American Cheerleader and The Romantic Times, among many others. She’s been interviewed on various television and radio programs on her writing in Austin, New York and Chicago. Cara Lockwood lives near Chicago, Illinois with her two daughters.

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Lily Release Day Blitz with USA Today Bestselling Author, Ciara Knight.


Title: Lily
Author: Ciara Knight
Genre: Sweet Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

Blurb:
BEACH BRIDES SERIES (Lily)
Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island.

While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea!
Lily Holt once believed in dreams until her fiancĂ© and business manager abandoned her art career and marriage proposal for another woman. Public shame drove her to hide in the remote beach town of Cape Bliss, Florida. She believes she’s free of the art world until Josh Raymond appears at her front door with a picture she’d sketched on a dare years ago. Josh needs her to recreate the hope and love in the original image for a contract that will save his advertising firm. But Lily lost her muse and there is no way she can sketch the emotional depth needed for this piece. The only hope is if Josh can convince her that happily-ever-after still exists, but the price might be too high to pay—his heart.

Ciara Knight writes with a ‘Little Edge and a Lot of Heart’ with her contemporary and paranormal romance books. Her most recent #1 Amazon bestselling series, Sweetwater County, has topped the charts and received acclaimed reviews. Her international best-seller, Pendulum scored 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, accolades from InD’Tale Magazine and Night Owl Top Pick. Her young adult paranormal series, Battle for Souls, received 5 stars from Paranormal Romance Guild and Night Owl’s Top Pick, among other praises.
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The man turned, and Lily caught a glimpse of the most brilliant blue eyes, the kind that leapt out and capture your heart.
She raced to retrieve her colored pencils and sketchbook, then started blending shades of blue on a fresh sheet. It was somewhere between the brightness of electric blue and the depth of cobalt. Unique and mesmerizing. She tried to capture that feeling on paper.
“Lily, we have a guest.”
Lily’s head shot up, only just realizing they had been watching her.
Josh offered his hand. “Ms. Holt. I’m Josh Raymond—”
“Yes, from the advertising agency. I heard you.” Ignoring his hand, she turned her attention back to her sketchbook. She wanted to find that color before it was gone.
“When you were spying on us from behind that column?” Josh asked with a smile. His expression was all business, yet a hint of playfulness slipped through. It distracted her enough that she lost the snapshot in her mind. As she stared at him, trying to recapture it, a shadow darkened his face. She shuffled close and angled her head so she could get a good look at him, and he quirked a brow at her. Then she remembered her sister’s chastisement after things fell apart with Stephon. “You’ll never catch a decent man if you keep acting like a crazy art fool.” Embarrassed, Lily abruptly stepped back. “Sorry. It was your eyes.”
His other brow joined its partner high on his forehead. “My eyes?”
“Yes, um, the color. It’s unique, and I wanted to capture it.”
Connie shook her head. “My sister isn’t as strange as she seems, I promise.”

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