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Blog Tour – Because of You by Silvy Wells

  Title: Because of You
By: Silvy Wells
Publication Date: February 17, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
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Nicole Wellston realized that falling in love would bring her just pain. She was working in the biggest publishing company in New York and didn’t want anything but her job. With head into the books, she enjoyed in fictional characters more than the real ones.

Nicole had nothing to lose she already lost everything except her job.She worked hard and did her best to hide her loneliness, assuring her four supportive friends even herself that everything was perfect in her life. They knew that she needed love in her life or she would “kill” herself working, and they arranged her blind dates. According to Nicole, men who were chosen by her friends were a complete disaster. Nicole wanted to enjoy in the perfection of fictional characters instead of going on dates with those men.

One night Nicole went out with her friends and met Sebastian, a good looking psychoanalyst. His athletic body and dark green eyes would make her believe that everything was possible.

No matter how hard Nicole tried to find him a flaw, she could not, he was perfect.

After one beautiful and romantic weekend in Aspen Nicole and Sebastian were back in New York, happier and engaged, but Nicole read the article that one magazine published about her exposing her previous life with a shameful secret which wasn’t true and ran.

Did Sebastian love her enough to find her and bring her back?

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I forgot that Sebastian was there, and I was wearing just a bathrobe. He came close to me and took me in a hug to warm me than he said: “You are shaking go and wear something before you get cold. I am in the shower if you need me just whistle.”

“Oh, you are too funny” when he went I slapped him on his butt and then I realized that he wasn’t Jess or one of my girlfriends and I got red as a lobster.
“I will forgive you for this because you are shaking, but tomorrow is a pay day, watch yourself. “ He kissed me on my lips and went to the bathroom.
Oh, my Goodness! He was too sweet. I couldn’t think of anything else except him. I was rushing to put on my clothes before Sebastian came out of the bathroom. I was freezing, wearing my pajamas and one warm sweater then I took one more blanket, and I covered myself with it and covered with the under blanket. That was it; I felt warmer at that moment. I got my phone and texted Jess, she replied very quickly, but she said that she wouldn’t interrupt something. Then I called Robert my big brother to tell him that I arrived in Aspen, I saw them on Viber and saw my sweet little niece, Bisera.
My new winter book caught my eye, and I took it. When Sebastian went out of the bathroom wearing just boxer shorts, I was pretending that I didn’t see him, but I was blushing, and he knew it because he looked me with a smirk.
“Alice in the Winterland what are you doing?”
“Reading. Please, just a little bit.”
“I understand you, but you will read to me because you didn’t buy a book for me.”
“I will” and I started reading aloud.
Sebastian was wearing his pajamas and threw himself on the bed next to me, lying in my lap and hugged me with his hands. Having him too close was like heaven to me. After two chapters he was asleep, I turned off the lamp and tried to sleep, turned my back to him. He turned back at me and wrapped his arms around me.

Silvy Wells has always wanted to write. She discovered her passion for being a writer when she was at the age of fourteen when started to write a novel in her native language, but she has never finished it. After that, Silvy has always written something -a poem or a short story. She has published some of her poems in several editions along with different authors. 

After obtaining a degree in the Department of Classics, Ancient Greek, and Latin, Silvy became a Latin language teacher and still teaches students in one small town in the Republic of Macedonia. But there has always been that big desire for writing which she has minimized with reading books and writing reviews. Because that wasn’t enough, she finally sat down and wrote her first novel Because of You.

~~♥♥~~Excerpt Reveal – A Way Back Into Love by Veronica Thatcher~~♥♥~~

  Title: A Way Back Into Love
Series: Love Series #1
By: Veronica Thatcher
Publication Date: February 15, 2017
Publisher: Notion Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Notion Press
Derek let out a frustrated sigh and ran his fingers through his hair. “Em…I mean that…It’s just this person you have become. The Emily I used to know didn’t hit on random guys at the bar.”
Emily crossed her arms over her chest and gave Derek a glare. “Five years is a long time, Derek. Maybe I have changed,” she said, “And besides, why do you care so much?”
Derek glared back at her as he replied harshly, “Oh, so you have changed so much over the last five years that now you throw yourself at random men like a…” he trailed off, not finishing his sentence.
Emily’s mouth fell open and her eyes widened as she let Derek’s words set in. She couldn’t believe her own ears for a minute. Had Derek really accused her of being a slut? She couldn’t believe it – it all felt like a nightmare.
“What did you just say to me?” Emily whispered, her voice sounding foreign to her own ears. “What did you just say to me?” Emily asked in a louder voice this time.
Derek didn’t say a word as he continued to look at Emily coldly.
Emily took a step towards Derek and narrowed her eyes. Poking Derek’s chest with the index finger of her right hand, she said in a soft yet acerbic voice, “You don’t get to call me a whore. You’ve no right to judge me. Do you hear me? You’ve no fucking right to judge me.” The anger, the jealousy and the heartache combined with the alcohol she had consumed gave Emily a newly acquired courage. She felt more emboldened than she had felt in her entire life, and so, she didn’t hold back in letting out her pent-up exasperation. “You broke me,” Emily continued, her words slurring slightly, “You broke me, but I am all glued up together now. And I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don’t get to call me a whore.” Emily finished her diatribe, her breaths coming in short pants as a result of her outburst.
Derek looked into her eyes, the anger and bitterness in his eyes now replaced by confusion. “I broke you? What do you mean?” he asked in a bewildered voice, his eyebrows shooting up.
Emily stepped back from him and shook her head. “Oh, you know damn well what I mean. You know what, Derek? I’m done having this conversation with you. I’m so done with this conversation and I’m so done with you,” Emily spat out angrily before brushing past him.
“Emily, wait,” Derek said, catching her by her arm. “Where are you going?”
Emily spun around and gave him a bitter look before looking down at his hand gripping her arm. “Leave my arm,” she said in a low yet threatening voice, “And why do you care where I’m going? It’s none of your business.”
Derek didn’t leave her arm in spite of her warning and said, “Em, you’ve had too many drinks. You can’t drive in this condition. I’ll drop you home.”
Emily jerked her arm free from his grasp and replied in a bitter voice, “Thank you, but no. I’m perfectly capable of getting myself home on my own. I don’t need you to drop me home. Do you get it, Derek Thorpe? I DON’T NEED YOU!” Emily yelled the last words, causing a few people to look their way.

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she’s in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home…to the man she left behind?

Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them. She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!

Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.

Trident Series By Samantha Cole

 

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Trident Series ( books 1-5) by Samantha A. Cole

 

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Leather & Lace: Trident Security Book 1

 

18+ Kristen Anders is starting her life over again after divorcing her
cheating husband. An author of several ‘vanilla’ romance novels, she spiced
up her latest one involving BDSM and it became a best-seller. Now she’s
researching the subject for her follow-up book and manages to get a tour of
the elite, private sex club, The Covenant, and runs into the one person she
never expected to see there.

 

Devon “Devil Dog” Sawyer is intrigued by a cute brunette he meets at a
friend’s Irish pub and does something he hasn’t done in over twelve years.
He asks her out on a date. While it might seem strange to most, Devon’s
only relationships since he was twenty-four have started and ended in the
same place–a BDSM club.

 

What was supposed to be a single weekend of mutual pleasure and dirty sex,
turns into something more. But while they fight their growing connection, a
killer has Devon in his sights and Kristen may end up as collateral damage.
Will they survive with their lives and hearts intact?

 

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His Angel: Trident Security Book 2

The ‘Sexy Six-Pack’ is back! The men of Trident Security are ex- Navy
SEALs, hardened warriors with hearts of gold. Angelina ‘Angie’ Beckett has
been waiting a long time for Mister Right. Unfortunately, all her
boyfriends have turned out to be Mr. Wrong. None of them have been able to
hold her interest for long and give her what she craves in a relationship.
That is, until she meets her new neighbor’s boss. Ian Sawyer stopped
believing in ‘soul-mates’ after his fiancee walked out the door ten years
ago without a backwards glance. Now, he needs for a woman to spell out
exactly what she wants from him. When he starts to fall for the woman he’s
protecting, he can’t help but wonder when she’ll realize that love is not
enough for a lifetime of happiness. When trouble knocks on Angie’s front
door, she puts her life in Ian’s hands. His security team is determined to
keep her alive at all costs, but will someone die in her place? And when
the smoke clears, will Angie walk out of Ian’s life forever? Warning – 18+
Contains elements of BDSM, hot sex and even hotter Doms!

 

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Waiting For Him: Trident Security Book 3

 

The Sexy Six-Pack returns with more teamwork, more suspense, and, most of
all, more hot and steamy romance!
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Twelve years ago, eighteen-year-old Ben ‘Boomer’ Michaelson’s world had
fallen apart. Not only had his best friend, Alex Maier, been killed, but
Alex’s family had perished as well, including his seventeen-year-old
sister, Katerina. The car accident occurred less than thirty-six hours
after Ben and Kat had declared their love for each other, leaving him
devastated at the loss of the only woman who’d ever held his heart in her
hands.

 

After spending the past twelve years with her father in the Witness
Protection Program, Kat finds herself all alone in the world. The last
thing she wants to do is put her high-school sweetheart in danger, but he’s
the only person she has left who she trusts with her life. They need to
find out who is after her and why. She just hopes they are both still alive
when the mystery is solved.

 

Ben, now a former Navy SEAL working for a private security company, is
shocked to find his new client is a ghost from his past. He knows he can’t
refuse to help her, but when it’s over, he will have to let her go. She
deserves better than the man he’s become.

 

Will Ben and Kat survive? Or will he once again have to bury the only woman
he’s ever loved?

 

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Not Negotiable: A Trident Security Series Novella – Book 3.5

 

Shelby Whitman beat cancer several years ago, but the resulting physical
and emotional damage left her feeling like less than a real woman. The
comfort she found in the BDSM community brightened her world again,
however, she kept the Doms at a distance. Play was fine. Relationships were
not. And that was fine until Master Parker caught her eye. Now, her cancer
has returned and she refuses to be a burden to anyone…especially the one
man who has crawled his way into her heart.

 

Parker Christiansen has craved the perky sub for as long as he can
remember, but Shelby has refused to negotiate a scene with him and he has
no idea why. When he finds out she is secretly going through chemotherapy,
he insists that she move in with him. She needs a Dom to take care of her
and he is more than up for the task.

 

Can Parker convince Shelby that he loves her no matter what and if they
only have this time together, they should make the best of it?

 

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Topping the Alpha: Trident Security Series Book 4
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Trident Security operative, Jake Donovan, has been a member of the BDSM
lifestyle since his teenage years. Starting as a submissive, he eventually
became a Dom, but a brutal incident, years ago, changed Jake’s life
forever. Unable to shake the ghosts of his past, he’s avoided giving his
heart to anyone for sixteen years. Until Nick.

 

Navy SEAL, Nick Sawyer, knew it was probably a bad idea to get involved
with his brothers’ friend and employee, but there was something about Jake
that drew him in. While his brothers also owned a private BDSM club, The
Covenant, Nick never understood what attracted people to the lifestyle. He
had nothing against it, but it just wasn’t for him. Until Jake.

 

An old missing person’s case has Jake running to rescue a teenage girl and
Nick volunteers to watch his back. But when things go awry, Jake must
confront his past, before he can ever think about a future…one that,
hopefully, includes Nick.

 

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Watching From the Shadows: Trident Security Book 5

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Sexy Six-Pack is back! Retired Navy SEAL, Marco DeAngelis is now an
operative at Trident Security. He’s also a Dominant in the BDSM lifestyle.
After a neglected childhood, he is determined to stay single and childless
for the rest of his life. But unbeknownst to him, one night of shared grief
and comfort with his deceased sister’s best friend changes that forever.
Harper Williams had always found her best friend’s brother attractive and
the more she got to know him, the more she liked him. But Marco has made it
perfectly clear a wife and children aren’t for him, even if he no longer
has a say in the latter. If he didn’t want to be involved in his child’s
life, then that was his problem. When Harper is left unconscious after a
violent home invasion, the two are thrown back together and become
embroiled in a web of lies and deceit of someone else’s making. Will they
lose their baby…and their lives? The Trident Security Series – Leather
& Lace (Devon & Kristen) His Angel (Ian & Angie) Waiting For
Him (Boomer & Kat) Not Negotiable – A Novella (Parker & Shelby)
Topping the Alpha (Jake & Nick)

 

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About the Author

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Samantha A. Cole is a retired policewoman and former paramedic who is
thrilled to add author to her list of exciting careers. She has lived her
entire life in the suburbs of New York City and is looking forward to
becoming a snow-bird between New York and Florida someday. Her two
fur-babies, Jinx and Bella, keep her company and remind their mom to take a
break from writing every once in a while to go for a walk, which is the
best way to deal with a stubborn case of writer’s block.

 

An avid reader since childhood, Samantha was often found with a book in
hand and sometimes one in each. After being gifted with a stack of romance
novels from her grandmother, her love affair with the genre began in her
teens. Many years later, she discovered her love for writing stories was
just as strong. Taking her life experiences and training, she strives to
find the perfect mix of suspense and romance for her readers to enjoy.

 

While the original planned stories for the Trident Security series have
been completed, the seven novels and two novellas have brought many
opportunities for Samantha to spread her wings and bring her readers more
characters and stories to love. Look for her upcoming Trident Security
Omega Team series, Doms of The Covenant Novella series, Blackhawk Security
series, and more from the Malone Brothers series, in addition to several
stand alone projects.

 

You can stalk her on the following:

 

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Spotlight and Interview: Forever Lasting (Everlasting Book 2) by Kassidy Carter

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Two lives tied together by one loss. When Grace and James tragically lose an important person, they both didn’t expect to find each other.

Grace Hall had it all growing up. A father who loved her and treated her like a queen that is until one tragic day took it all away from her. Now confuse and not knowing what to do she decided to leave and find the one person who could make everything better.

James Walker is a Marine. It’s what he loves to do. Until one disastrous day everything has changed, everything in his life fades to dark. That is until Grace walks into the door and she brings the light back to him. They start off as friends and it turns into more.

Can love survive secrets? Can love survive the pain and the Darkness that consumes them?

*Can be read as a Standalone.

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Interview

~What are you currently working on?

I have two book going right now. One is a Dark Romance and the other is a NA Romance.

~Who is your favorite author?

I love J.R.R. Tolkien, Jennifer Armentrout, Jessica Wilde, Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, Nicholas Sparks, and so many more.

~What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Never give up. If you love to write then write. Don’t let what others say get you down.

~Which of your characters is your Book Boyfriend? Why?

I loved Hunter when I was writing him but then I wrote Forever Lasting and I fell in love with James.

~Are you an organized author or scattered?

I am Scattered. There is no organizational skills here…

~Do you plot out your story or write as it goes?

I get my characters and their stories. Then I start to write and let the story go where it needs to go. I have no patients with plotting.

~Which one of your characters is your absolute favorite? Why?

James, He went through so much in his life all to go through more when we was deployed overseas.

~Which one is your least favorite? Why?

Keegan, what a butt head he is.

~Do you have any strange writing habits?

None that I can think of.

~Do you have writers block and how do you work around it?

I get writers block of a lot. In Forever Lasting James was so stubborn and didn’t want to speak to me unless I listen to Hard Rock. I just do what I need to get through the block sometimes I just walk away, and then come back.

~Do you work on 1 story at a time or multiples?

I am trying to work on two right now. We will see how that goes.

~What is your favorite genre to read?

Romance, I need a happy ever after.

~What is the most wacky/crazy weird thing you received from a fan?

I am to new yet so I haven’t received anything.

~If you could go back in time what is one thing you would tell your teenage self?

I am Dyslexic and I had a hard time adjusting in middle school. I would tell me self to keep fighting and never give up. Kick the learning disability to the curb and never let it win.  It’s the same advice I gave myself back then.

~What are your favorite hobbies?

If I am not writing I am reading or I love cross stitch

~Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes I do. When I met my husband I knew we would be together forever.

~Name one of your pet peeves?

Chewing with your mouth open. Unless you have a cold or something you should close it. Lol

~If you were a genie, what wish would you absolutely not grant?

That I was an Avenger. How cool would that be?

~Favorite drink? Alcoholic or not.

Mint Mocha Cappuccino

~What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

My girls and Husband

~If you could date a celebrity who would it be and why?

Adam Lavine, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt. I can’t pick one.

~What is one thing no one knows about you?

I am an open book. There isn’t much people don’t know about me.

~Favorite sport/sports team?

Dallas Cowboys

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We are secretly trying to change her into a Seahawks fan. 😉

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~Do you have any hidden talents?

Not that I know of

~Most hated chore?

Laundry I rather clean the toilet than do the laundry.

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~Pick two celebrities to be your parents.

Dennis Quad and Princess Dianna

~Have you ever been in trouble with the police?

Nope, I actually just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

~If you had a superpower, what would it be?

To fly. I think it would be so cool to fly.

~If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza or Tacos

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~Do you have any nicknames?

Not really some people call me Kass or Kassy. At work I get Wisconsin a lot. Just because I am from Wisconsin and now living in Florida. My accent is really Northern to the people down here.

~Do you like or dislike surprises? Why or why not?

I love them as long as they are not the scary kind of surprise.

~What’s your favorite fast food chain?

Culvers or 5 guys

~If you had a warning label what would it say?

I am overly nice and really friendly.

~If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?

A dog, just because I am loyal and friendly.

~What is one thing you will never do again?

Parasailing, I did it once in Miami and I don’t think I will ever do it again.

~What was your first job?

I worked at a treatment facility for aggressive children.

~Who is one person you would like to meet for coffee?

J.R.R. Tolkien

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~What is the best joke you’ve ever played on someone or had played on you?

I suck at jokes. I am too nice and feel bad before I even pull them off.

~What is your favorite TV show?

Hawaii five-o and Criminal Minds. I also love the Cooking network shows like cutthroat kitchen and chopped.

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~Do you like to go out or stay home?

I like going out to do running around but I don’t go out and party. I am too old for that stuff now.

~What is your favorite movie?

ALL of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Movies. All of the Transformer movies, all of the Marvel movies and The Hunger Games.

~What is your preferred method to violently kill someone (in your book, of course)?

Feed them to the sharks.

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~Are you a Tom boy or a girly girl?

I am a little of both. I love to dress up when I have to. If I don’t have to them I hate it lol.

~Do you take the “personality” quizzes, like on Buzzfeed/Facebook?

Yes I do, I need to know that kind of stuff.

~What is your favorite holiday?

Halloween and Christmas.  I love Christmas.

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~What is your favorite/ go to cuss word?

Pineapples or shit.

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~Do you have any piercings/tattoos? If so where?

I have 6 tattoos and my ears pierces. My favorite tattoo I have is my lord of the rings quote and my Auto bots tattoo

~Do you like tattooed bad boys or sweet good guys?

I love a good tattooed bad boy.

~Favorite quote?

Not all those who wonder are lost. And don’t fear death, fear the unlived life.

~What is one of your phobias?

FISH. Omg I hate them they are creepy little or big things.

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Also Check Out

Everlasting (Everlasting Book 1)

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When Payton’s abusive boyfriend takes things too far, she has no other choice than to turn to her brothers’ best friend and local cop, Hunter. He is the last person Payton thought she could trust to help her, but he may end up being the perfect one.

Hunter has always treated Payton like a little sister. He’s kept her at arm’s length while hiding his true feelings. When he finds out the abuse Payton has been hiding from everyone, he makes it his job to make sure she’s safe.

Spending so much time together brings the two closer and feelings start to change. Will Hunter be able to keep Payton safe from danger? Or will love get in the way and hurt them both?
Will Hunter be able to keep Payton safe from danger? Or will Love get in the way and hurt them both?

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Spotlight and Interview: Awake in Hell by Helen Downing

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Meet Louise Patterson. She’s dead.

She’s also in Hell: A place where everyone must face the challenges of being damned. This includes below code living arrangements, a supernatural closet that makes getting dressed every day punitive, and absolutely horrible coffee.

When Louise was alive, she was one of those “Go Big or Go Home” kinda people. As an underworld dweller, she’s getting used to the fact that living “larger than life” may have had some not-so-great consequences in the afterlife.

That is until she loses her job in Hell. In her search for gainful employment in Central City, Hades, she finds a post-it note that gives her something to look forward to for the first time since arriving down below.

Louise discovers the “Second Chance Temp Agency” along with its enigmatic CEO Mr. Deedy, who gives her so much more than a job.

Foul-mouthed and seemingly unlucky, Louise gets pulled into a truly Hellacious adventure–filled with demons, ghosts, angels, magic, temp jobs, wardrobe malfunctions, and quite possibly…redemption.

Interview

~What are you currently working on?

I’m working on Book 3 of my Hell Series. It is currently unnamed, but I’m leaning towards “Hell and Back” or “Way to Hell”.

~What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

I would say to write every day. Write something, even if it’s just a paragraph. I’ve actually just sat down and written a series of words that don’t even constitute sentences some days, but it’s getting ideas down on paper that is important.

~Are you an organized author or scattered?

Scattered! Scatter-brained. Scattered as in organization. Scattered style of writing. Surrounded by the scatter of my home. LOL

~Do you plot out your story or write as it goes?

There is a very loose plot, but I am always surprised too. My characters just kind of show me parts of themselves as we go along. For instance, the angels in my stories all have superpowers. Some are the same, but each one has their own special ability too. One of my angels in Book 3 just showed me her power as I was writing it on the page. I had not thought of it before, it just came out. I love it when that happensl

~Do you have any strange writing habits?

Some people like music. Others require silence. I need to feel like I’m surrounded by people, so I turn on the tv and put on something I’ve seen a thousand times. That way I’m not sucked in by the plot, but the noise of people talking is comforting to me.

~Do you have writers block and how do you work around it?

Sure, we all get blocked at times. I get through it sometimes by writing something else, like a guest blog or a fun little story. Other times I can just change HOW I write, like go from typing to longhand. I’ve also gotten through a block by going for a drive with a voice recorder and talking out a scene while I drive. When I get home I’m ready to write.

~Do you work on 1 story at a time or multiples?

Mostly one story at a time. I have tried to write more than one but I find that I hear the voice of a project, and if I try to write in multiple voices they get confused in my head.

~What is your favorite genre to read?

I read everything from Chick Lit to Science Fiction. Right now I’m reading “The Book of Strange New Things” by Michel Faber. It’s right down my ally. It’s about a missionary whose sent to another planet to preach to another race. I find that idea fascinating.

~What is the most wacky/crazy weird thing you received from a fan?

My fans are the best in the world. They give me wonderful cards and letters and lovely gifts. As far as “wacky” I’d say my friend Gabrielle Mappone who is a fabulous photographer photoshopped this great picture of me with an angel version of me on one shoulder and a devil version of me on the other shoulder. It was absolutely perfect!! I still love it!

~What are your favorite hobbies?

I love traveling and spending time with my husband on road trips or camping in the woods.

~If you had a warning label what would it say?

My husband says it should say “No Danger! Thoughts within may be Inspirational.”

Isn’t he the best????

~Favorite quote?

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. – Tom Robbins

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Spotlight and Interview: Legacy (Volume One) by Michelle Lowe

Legacy

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Indigo Peachtree has spent his life making toys for children.

The kindly old toymaker has carried a secret with him that he wants to keep hidden. Yet as with most secrets they tend to come up to the surface.

Tarquin Norwich has learned of a journal containing everything Indigo desperately wants to protect. When Indigo goes underground, Tarquin seeks help from a witch. The witch–Mother of Craft–tells him that to find Indigo, and his journal, he will need two outlaw brothers.

Tarquin sends his children, Archie and Clover, across the English Channel to snare Pierce Landcross, the first of the two outlaws, while Tarquin and his eldest son, Ivor, capture Pierce’s estranged brother, Joaquin. All in an effort to find the missing toymaker.

As Pierce is being pulled back to England, his desperate situation turns around when he’s saved by a crew of Apache privateers known as the Sea Warriors. And instead of fleeing with his seabound mates, Pierce decides to return to England to try to save his old friend, Indigo.

Going back means Pierce will encounter old dangers…as well as face a past he’d much rather leave behind.

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Spotlight and Interview: No Backward Glances by Kat Schuessler

No Backward Glances

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When Lorelai Todd has her heart shattered by her boyfriend, she vows to never trust a man again. Six months later, she’s called to the hospital where she works to help with an emergency. She speeds to get there and is pulled over by Jay, a handsome cop who will eventually threaten to break down the walls she’s built around her heart.
After giving the sexy woman a warning and sending her quickly on her way, Jay regrets not asking her out. Fate seems to intervene when he’s called to the hospital to identify a potential kidnap victim and finds the nurse in charge is Lorelai, the beauty he pulled over for speeding.
He wastes no time in asking her for a date and she accepts, but hesitantly.
They learn they have much in common – from music to movies. But the most incredible thing they share is an amazing chemistry. The sex is red hot, they can’t keep their hands off one another.
Jay is falling for Lorelai fast, but he’s worried if she’ll ever be able to let her guard down and trust him. While he’s wooing Lorelai, Jay is caught up in the investigation to find the kidnapper who shot the young victim who brought them together. Lorelai finds herself involved, in more ways than one.
Their relationship is complicated by a mystery, danger and ghosts from their past.
But one thing is clear, their hearts are involved.
Can they beat the odds and find a future together?
Because there’s one thing for certain –
In the game of love – there should be NO BACKWARD GLANCES.

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Spotlight and Interview: Donuts Diamonds & Assorted Details by Skye McNeil

Donuts & Diamonds

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Gwen Smidt dreams of leaving Iowa for sunny Florida.

But her dream is derailed by Devon Smith, a dashing criminal attorney. While investigating the murder of her friend, Gwen discovers the truth about why Devon was transplanted into her life.

Jeremy Schroeder is a hopeless romantic who never gives up on the possibility of Gwen. He is willing to do anything to convince her they are meant to be.

In a moment of sheer insanity, Gwen and Jeremy find themselves naked between the sheets. Their rendezvous now holds their friendship hostage, and while Jeremy wants more than friendship, Gwen is reluctant to give up on the notion of a perfect man.

Throughout the inevitable longing between Gwen and Jeremy, the reality Gwen believes in is a lie. Now, when reality comes crashing back down, Gwen must choose between choosing a man she loves and the man she wants to love…

**Content Warning: Contains adult situations. Intended for 18+**

EXCERPT

She felt his eyes scan her from head to toe more than once before he closed the distance between them and trapped her between the wall and his arms resting on either side of her shoulders. She couldn’t move if she wanted to; not with her heart pounding furiously to make her stay and kiss him until he stopped his shenanigans. “I’ve got all I want right here,” he whispered against her neck.
Gwen’s stomach flipped and her throat immediately dried. Those words sounded like honey on her tortured soul, but she couldn’t accept them. “You’re drunk,” she shot back, equally hushed. She moved to escape his clutch, but he pressed her against the wall with his body.
“Maybe a little, but maybe I’m just drunk enough to demand you stop teasing me,” he replied, moving her hair behind her shoulder and toying with the dress strap. He rolled it between his fingers and lowered his eyes to her dress. “You come to a party you’re not invited to wearing a dress that makes every male head turn.” He slipped her strap down and gently caressed her bare shoulder. Chills spread over her skin the more he touched her. “And then you want to leave right after I see you?” he finished, pushing the opposite dress strap off. “That’s not very fair,” he complained, leaning down and catching the tip of her ear between his teeth.
If it weren’t for the other partygoers, Gwen was certain Jeremy would take her in that very hallway. She saw the longing in his brown depths and knew hers mirrored the exact same. “You know we can’t,” she murmured against his lips.
Jeremy cradled her face in his hands and nuzzled her nose with his before tilting her head up. “Then why does it feel so right when we do?” he argued as he lightly nibbled on her lower lip. His reasoning made sense to her hazed thoughts. The way he coerced her lips with his only intensified her resolve to not let anything or anyone get between them.
Deciding one kiss wouldn’t hurt anything, Gwen met Jeremy’s lips with exuberance.
His reaction took her breath away when he eagerly slipped his tongue into her mouth to tangle with hers. He tasted like beer laced with vodka and a hint of peppermint, but to her, he still tasted like perfection. The beat of the rock song playing over the amplifier only deepened the pressure in Gwen’s body. Thankful for the crowd-reducing noise, Gwen pulled Jeremy closer yet, until he was skin to skin with her.

“Criminal law is my specialty,” he leaned in close, “so if you are ever in a bad position I’ll get you off.”

She didn’t give a damn if the freaking mailman slipped the mail right between her legs at the mail slot beneath her.

Years of waiting turned him into a man consumed with desire and suddenly, he didn’t care if the janitor walked in on them.

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Spotlight and Interview: Broken (Assumption Series) by Izzibella Beau

Broken

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Start the Assumption Series with book 1 – Broken

A girl’s senior year in high school should be a special time. Ayma’s expectations are not very high. She is the daughter of a control-freak mother and a father who has been absent for the past three years. She is ridiculed by the popular kids in school because of her unfortunate name and the way she dresses. Although she’s nearly eighteen, her mother controls every aspect of her life, including what she wears, who her friends are and even what foods she is allowed to eat. The only bright spot in her life is her friend Tabby. Until she meets Colton.

Colton is unexpected. He’s gorgeous, popular – the guy all the girls want and the one all of the other guys want to be like. When he begins to pay attention to Ayma, she doesn’t know what to think. Things like this just don’t happen to girls like her. One obstacle after another is thrown into their path, but they can’t deny what they feel for one another. Their new-found love will be threatened by secrets from their past, challenges in their present and a future they can only dream about. Ayma struggles to find an identity apart from her mother’s controlling nature while Colton faces the results of an arrest that took place the summer before his tenth grade year.

Can they find love and happiness? Or will they be destroyed by events beyond their control?

EXCERPT

The song was almost over and he set down his guitar. Colton stood up to walked over to his computer where the songs were playing from. He was a sight to behold once again. He must have gotten a shower earlier because his hair was still damp. He had on a loose pair of shorts and no shirt. His chiseled chest was glistening from water and sweat. He just looked so smooth and well defined.
I started lightly clapping and walked in, shutting the door behind me. He turned to the sound, looking startled from the sudden noise. The song Figured You Out by Nickelback started playing from his computer.
“I, um, had Brady drop me off.” He was walking over to me, but in a slow motion, almost to the beat of the song. Colton didn’t say anything to me, just kept walking towards me.
I took a step backwards until I was up against the door. He took my hands in his and put them against the door, like he was trapping me in. His mouth came down on mine like there was no tomorrow for him. Colton was acting like he was starved for physical attention. He let go of my hands, but still kept me pinned against the door. His lips never left mine except to move down to my neck and nibble. He pressed his body tight against mine. His hands started to roam everywhere on my body. I couldn’t help but to run my hands over his naked chest and back.
We still hadn’t stopped kissing and we both seemed to be running out of breath. Colton moved his mouth to take a deep breath and so did I, except it came out more like a moan of pleasure. He was breathing hard and starting to sweat more. I’m guessing he had no boxers on as I could clearly feel his excitement pressed into me. His hands were now under the front of my shirt and moving beneath my bra. We’d done this before, but not this passionately. I had my hands on the back of his shorts and slowly slid my hands inside the waistband. I was right, there were no boxers. I’d never done anything like this before, the whole touching without any clothing barrier in between. My hands kept moving until they were cupping his bare bottom. I gripped him more firmly and pulled him tighter against me. Colton groaned inside my mouth and pulled me away from the door. He spun me, while we still kissed, and started to walk me backwards towards his bed.
A sudden knock on the door stopped us half-way there. “Mom said she doesn’t need any grandbabies now, so whatever you’re doing you better finish because dinner will be ready in ten,” Ezzie yelled through the door.
We were both still breathing deeply, just trying to catch that single deep breath that would fill our lungs to the fullest. Colton placed his forehead against mine and smiled, just a little.
“Hey,” he finally got out.
“Oh, so now I get greeted,” I tried to say sarcastically, but failed.
“You can go to dinner. I’ll be there in a couple minutes or hours.” He moved a little away from me. I could tell by the front of his shorts he was still way too excited to go in front of his family now, I think we both were.
I had to start being a little bolder. We’d been together for a little over two months. I know some people wouldn’t think that as being long, but we were together every chance we got. And being the eighteen year old, constantly sexually excited girl he has turned me into, I was relentlessly frustrated on what I wanted. I needed to move things along sexually with us, but still afraid of the unknown.
I pulled on his hand so I was shuffling backwards towards his bed. He was coming along, but still not understanding what I was doing. Please don’t make me have to spell this out for you that would be so embarrassing. I hadn’t touched or seen his private part, yet here I was playing the fearless girlfriend.
I made it to where the back of my legs were up against the side of his bed and looked up at him. I stared into his eyes and he had a look of confusion as to where this was heading. My hand was trembling as I slowly let it go below the waistband of the front of his shorts.
As soon as I did this, he got the idea of what I was attempting to do. He let out a low moan and his mouth ravenously attacked mine once more. My hand automatically begun what I’d intended to do.
Colton found his release rather quickly. I was really surprised of how easy that was and how much more excited it made me. I felt like I could’ve exploded along with him.

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Spotlight and Interview: Blood & Lillies (Bloodlines Series) by Lyn Croft

Blood and Lilies

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First in the Bloodlines Series

Once cast from Heaven, Zillah has vowed to destroy God and overtake his kingdom. But a key is needed to open the gates between the two realms.
The Key to the gate walks the earth in the form of a woman…young, innocent and completely unaware of her importance in the battle between good and evil. Once her blood is shed, Zillah can open the portal to release her father…Lucifer himself.
Cara, a college sophomore, is quickly thrown into the world of the supernatural, as well as learning of her true ancestry. Vampires, werewolves and the Nephilim are now a part of her reality. As the beings struggle to protect her, she fights to keep her sanity as her mortal realm is crushed.
Secrets are revealed that could shatter Cara’s new found love, as well as lead to her ultimate death. A family is torn apart as the battle to save the key leads them down a road of betrayal and heartache. Loved ones are lost, lines are crossed, and nothing is as it seems. Lies and truths twist and turn, leaving us with only one question…
Could you sacrifice the one you love to save the world?

EXCERPT

The evening sky pulsed, hues of deep purples and blacks engraving blurry lines above the earth. The night echoed its cries, carried by angry breezes through the hills of the land. The cemetery, cascaded in carved tombstones that sprouted from the ground, laid empty and dormant, except for the busy, yet silent whispers of the dead.
The ground, wet and damp, gave way beneath Cara’s bare feet as she trudged through the mud pushing between her toes. Her eyes traveled towards the ground to study her soiled feet, finding her body was draped in a simple, yet elegant white dress which graced her pale legs just below her knees. The plunging neckline stopped just beneath the cleft of her breast as the thin silk straps hugged the tops of her shoulders, exposing her bare delicate skin.
She scanned around her, alone and frightened, like a young child strayed from its mother. It was so dark, and the crested moon, swarmed by rolling darkened clouds, offered no safe haven of light to guide her way. Slow and unsure, she stepped cautiously, waiting blindly for an edge that would send her spiraling down into a never-ending abyss, swallowing her whole. The shadows danced in front of her, playing tricks on her unfocused eyes as her feet took her step by step.
Where was she? How did she get here? She could hear faint whispers of the dead crying out to her from the spirit world. Their words made no sense as they all jumbled together like a soft but unmelodic hum in the air. Her ears strained to make out parts of the words, hoping to piece together some language so she could better understand why they’d brought her here.
Realization struck. The voices had guided her here. She turned around to where the whispers grew, louder and more needful. She followed them as they increased, vibrating through her head as if they were coming from inside her brain, instead of churning in the air around her. The darkness frightened her, yet she still continued, following the only guidance she had.
Cara.
She could hear it now. Through the vast echo of the whispers, she could make out her name. They called to her, begged her to come near. She obeyed.
Something hard struck her toes, shooting instant pain up through her legs, like lightning igniting through her to her very core. Her body flew forward as she reached out to stop her fall. She expected a large stone to split her head. Or perhaps the tip of a metal cross would impale her through her chest and end it all, without her knowing or seeing it in the darkness before her. But there was nothing as her body hit the soft ground beneath her.
Grass laced itself through her fingers as she looked up to the gravestone in front of her. The clouds that had hugged the moon so well broke, lighting the etched carvings before her so she could see. What she read on the engraving shook her to the core. Her eyes couldn’t process, couldn’t comprehend what she was seeing.
Cara L. Chadwick
Beloved Friend and Student
We will miss you always
Oct. 18, 1992 to Dec. 21, 2012
A cry escaped her lips as Cara pushed herself up from the ground as fast as she could, stumbling backwards. She wanted to turn away, run and never look back. There was no way in hell she was going to stay here to hang out with her own tomb. And the date…it was this Friday’s date…or had it already arrived and was now in the past? Cara realized she had no idea of what time it was, or the day, but she needed to escape and get out of this place as fast as her bare feet could carry her.

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