Excerpt and Sweepstakes: No Cowboy Required by JoAnn Sky

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As a photographer in NYC, Grace Harper is a pro at handling the unexpected–which comes in handy when she inherits the ranch home she ran away from seven years ago…along with a young, autistic stepbrother she’s never met. And because nothing ever goes easy for her, Grace finds her frustrating, sexy ex-flame, Noah, taking care of JJ. But she’s getting out of this nowhere town fast, so she’ll have to find a way to keep from throttling Noah—without kissing him first.

Noah Taylor may be enemy number one to Grace, but she needs his help. He knows the girl he used to love is still there, beneath the heels and fancy clothes, so he’ll help her—and keep his distance like she says she wants. Only the more time they spend together, the closer he wants to get. Grace has no intention of staying, but she belongs in his arms—he just has to prove it to her.

Excerpt from No Cowboy Required:

He leaned against the kitchen entrance, his own half-eaten sandwich in hand, watching her. “Are you going to avoid me all day?”

She stiffened. She was the New Yorker, used to being direct and dealing with people who got in her face. Yet when Noah did it, it unnerved her. “I’m not avoiding you.” Her pitch was a half-step high, the trait of a liar.

“We’ve got to talk about last night.”

She smacked her bread together and turned to face him, using her sandwich as a shield. She straightened her pose, planted her feet apart, and hoped the Wonder Woman stance would give her Amazonian strength. “Last night was a mistake.”

His dark-blue eyes flashed with a determination that told her he disagreed. Her stomach clenched, and the strength she sought eluded her. Instead she stood there, too frightened to move and too weak to stop where they were going.

He came up on her slowly, as if he knew she’d spook and scatter at any sudden movement. He reached out and tucked one blond curl behind her ear. His fingers skimmed her skin. Goose bumps blossomed down her neck, her spine, to her toenails.

“And it won’t happen again,” she said with as much conviction as she could muster. “End of discussion.” Her voice squeaked, again betraying her, though no worse than the rest of her body.

He leaned in until his lips were inches from hers. Her breathing hitched. She should have put some distance between them, acres of distance, but her feet stuck to the floor. Her eyes flickered to his lips. They’d been so soft last night and were so close right now. One little taste wouldn’t hurt, would it? She reflexively licked hers.

He moved in. His breath trailed her cheek, and his lips hovered at the edge of her jaw, just below her earlobe. She arched her neck back, giving him more access, then shivered, closed her eyes, and waited to feel his lips on her neck.

Instead, his breath fanned her ear. “Liar,” he whispered. Then he was gone.

Copyright© 2018 No Cowboy Required JoAnn Sky

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About the author and where to find her:

JoAnn Sky has written for years as part of her job (business and marketing plans and the like). One day she tried her hand at writing for fun—and like it. Now she authors adult contemporary romance and young adult romance with a magical twist as well as children’s books.

JoAnn is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist (YA category and Contemporary Short category). Originally from the Midwest, JoAnn currently lives in northern Nevada with her husband a.k.a. love of her life, three teenage children, and three crazy rescue dogs.

Visit her at https://joannsky.com/ where you can sign up for her newsletter (and check out www.dogsandbooks.com for additional information about her children’s books). You can also connect on Twitter at @jaskybooks (http://twitter.com/JASkyBooks) or on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/joannskyauthor).

JoAnn is represented by the fabulous Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.

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Review, Excerpt, and Sweepstakes: Total Bravery (Book #4: True Heroes Series) by Piper J. Drake

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As the newest recruit at Search and Protect, Raul has a lot to prove. Luckily, he’s got the best friend and partner a man could ask for: a highly trained, fiercely loyal German Shepherd Dog named Taz. Together, Raul and Taz make an unbeatable team. But their first mission in Hawaii really puts them to the test when an international kidnapping ring sets its sights on the bravest woman Raul’s ever met . . .

Mali knows her latest job has put one hell of a target on her back. And on this small island paradise, there’s nowhere to hide. With a service dog like Taz, Mali feels safe. Sharing close quarters with a smoldering muscle-for-hire like Raul, she feels something else – an unexpected wave of desire. Raul feels it too. But when the kidnappers make their move, he’s got to turn that slow-burning passion into hard-hitting action – and save the life of the woman he loves.

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Source: Netgalley          My Rating: 3½/5 stars

The Search and Protect group is damn lucky to have Raul and his four-legged partner Taz on the roster!  Raul and Taz are damn lucky to have found the Search and Protect organization and want nothing more than to fit in, be a part of a proper team, and make a real difference in the world.  With less than an hour on the clock, Raul and Taz get their chance to make a difference in someone’s life.

Mali’s job often takes her to dangerous places and expects her to ask dangerous questions.  Her latest assignment and research has her delving into the world of human trafficking and in beautiful Hawaii, the illegal activity is thriving.  Though Mali considers herself a capable woman, she is also an intelligent woman and knows when she is in over her head.  After a warning from team leader that causes the group to scatter, Mali finds herself on the run, scared, and terribly out of her depth.  With no other options available to her, Mali calls her sister at Search and Protect. 

What unfolds over the next few days is a sort of trial by fire for Raul and Taz.  Both are well-trained and capable partners, but they’re working within a new set of rules and guidelines and with an entirely new group of people.  Raul wants to prove himself, but not at the expense of Mali and her safety.  He is quickly introduced to the rest of the S and P team and as a group they determine the best course of action for securing Mali and her safety.  It takes a great deal of tactical coordination, an even greater level of trust, and more than a little bit of courage to deal with Mali’s situation and Raul and Taz are absolutely up to the task.

From the moment they meet, Mali is certain Raul and Taz can protect her.  Raul is calm, cool, and collected, and Taz has a reassuring and calming effect on her.  With the addition of the rest of the team, Mali knows she is in good hands and does her best to aid the team rather than hinder them.  Though she doesn’t have their physical training, she does have valuable information and a willingness to help those willing to step into harm’s way for her.  What’s more, Raul is dead sexy and if she’s going to be stuck in her current situation, she’s going to do her best to gain some small measure of pleasure.  She has no intention of becoming emotionally invested and fully intends to return to her “real” life once the threat to her life has passed/been resolved.

The Bottom Line:  I sure am glad Piper J. Drake found a way to continue the True Heroes series.  With the addition of the Search and Protect group, there is now a whole new set of books just waiting to be written and read and Raul’s story was a decent introduction to the new group.  My only real complaint about this book is Mail, a cold personality character I had a hard time liking.  In addition to her coldness, Mali’s relentless questioning of everything grew quite tiresome very early on.  With that being said, I quite liked everything and everyone else in this read, especially the dogs.  While the humans are there as partners to the dogs, the dogs have the richest, fullest personalities in this read.  The personality of each dog is perfectly paired with his/her human partner and are going to be so much fun to learn more about as the series progresses.  Though Raul was the human focus in this read, his introduction to Search and Protect also served as the readers introduction.  There are some quietly big characters waiting to tell their story which leaves me excited for the continuation of this series.

Excerpt from Total Bravery (Book #4: True Heroes Series):

When eighty-five pounds of dog is suddenly in your way, you either stop or trip over him. Momentum played a part in Raul’s decision. He fell forward and spread his arms wide to catch himself on the bed rather than accidentally catch a handful of Mali’s towel. 

He caught a face full of her towel-covered cleavage instead. 

Mali squeaked. 

Raul rolled to the side. 

Taz barked. 

“Sorry.” Jeezus. He tried to get out his apology, his eyes clamped shut. He was not going to remember how good she smelled, a mixture of honey and sea salt and the indefinable, delicate scent of woman. Nope. He wasn’t. Nor was he going to ever think about how nice her cleavage had been. Just enough to bury his face and let him nuzzle without being so full he’d suffocate. The palms of his hands burned with an insane desire to feel her soft skin cupped in his grip. 

Mali backed away and then hissed in pain. 

His head cleared, and he opened his eyes to see nothing but ceiling. “Did I hurt you? Do you need help?” 

She leaned forward into his range of view, one hand clutching the front of her towel over her breasts. That was a really hot image, too. “No. I just sat back too fast and put weight on my sunburn.” 

“Oh.” He had no idea what to do. He couldn’t sit up while she was leaning over him and rolling to the side seemed awkward as hell. Of course, so did lying flat on his back in front of a woman in nothing but a towel. “Is there something I can do to get out of this situation without Arin wanting to kill me?” 

Mali’s eyes widened, and she froze for a moment, her lips forming a seriously naughty looking O. Then she blinked and laughed. “No. Probably not.” 

It was either laugh with her or pull her down for a kiss. “I’m doomed. Dead.” He paused. “Once I get you safely to Arin, that is. No worries. We’ll get you to her before I report myself for molesting her little sister.” 

Her laughter faded, and her dark brown eyes sparkled with mischief. “Well, if you’re going to get in trouble anyway…” 

She bent then, leaning a hand on his chest, and pressed her lips to his. 

The True Heroes series:

 Extreme Honor:  Goodreads  | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

Ultimate Courage: Goodreads  | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

 Absolute Trust: Goodreads  | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

Total Bravery: Goodreads  | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | GooglePlay

About the author and where to find her: 

Piper Drake

Piper J. Drake is a bestselling author of romantic suspense and edgy contemporary romance, a frequent flyer, and day job road warrior. She is often distracted by dogs, cupcakes, and random shenanigans.

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Spotlight and Sweepstakes: Lustful Legacy by Maggie Adams

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Lustful Legacy CoverWhen the picture-perfect wife of a prominent local businessman decides to let loose of her inhibitions, she begins a journey into the darker art of romance and sexual gratification. She yearns to explore, and yet, fears the loss of her vanilla world, for once seen, it can never be unseen.
But not every kinkster is a good soul, and she learns the hard way that trust can be misplaced, the mind can be twisted, and those that seek the darker passions may have their own psychotic agendas.
She finally finds the man of her sexual dreams, appropriately named, Morpheus. His wisdom and experience in the matters of love, lust and BDSM comfort her fears. She begins to trust again. Safe within his protection, she explores whatever desires have been locked away in her vanilla world.
Just as destiny has brought them together, cruel fate attempts to rip them apart.

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MaggieAdamsAuthorPicMaggie Adams is an Amazon Best Selling contemporary romance author. Her first book in the Tempered Steel Series, Whistlin’ Dixie, debuted in Amazon’s Top 100 for Women’s Fiction, humor, on November, 2014. Since then, she has consistently made the Amazon best seller 5-star list with Leather and Lace, Something’s Gotta Give, and Love, Marriage & Mayhem. She is also the recipient of the Dayreader Review’s Best New Series Award for 2015. Her series has launched the tiny town of Grafton, Illinois, into International recognition with sales in Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK.

Back home, she resides in the Midwest, with her high school sweetheart, Ned, and their children, Katie (Kyle) and Ross (Valerie) and first granddaughter, Lorelei, otherwise known as “The Boss”

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Spotlight: Going Down by Katy Connor

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She gets my blood pumping in a way I’ve never felt on stage…

I didn’t think taking care of my uncle’s building while he’s on vacation would be half as exciting as drumming, but the nerdy doctor in 7B gets my blood pumping in a way I’ve never felt on stage.

I’ve pushed her buttons at every turn, but she’s all work and no play. And sadly immune to my charm. But now the latest Nor’easter has us stranded in our elevator. Alone. And it’s the perfect time to push every single button I can.

My hands are itching to touch her, and her voice alone makes me rock hard. So I tease her. And she fires back. And then her tight little body brushes up against mine in challenge, and it’s all the green light I need.

Going down in an elevator has never been this sexy…

This 30k sexy stand-alone novella has a guaranteed safe romance and happily ever after.

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Katy Connor is the thirty-something author of the 50 Shades of Grey’s Anatomy series and has a serious addiction to her iPhone. When she’s not checking social media, she can usually be found in a local coffee shop, drinking hipster coffee and dancing in her seat to the horrible music. Katy loves to hear from fans, so reach out and say, hey, girl, hey, on any of her social media!

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Excerpt and Sweepstakes: Living with Her One-Night Stand (The Loft Series) by Noelle Adams

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Living with her One Night StandJill has never been good at taking risks, but she spends one hot night with a sexy stranger, knowing she’ll never see him again. Then Lucas shows up the next morning as her new roommate. He was supposed to be a one-night stand, but now he’ll be living in the empty room in her shared apartment for the next six months.

Jill needs stability and a long-term relationship, and she knows Lucas can never give her those things. He’s looking for a life free of commitments or obligations. She knows he’s wrong for her. She shouldn’t want him for more than one night.

But she lives with him. He’s around all the time–with his sexy smile and his hard body and the soft heart he pretends not to have. Not wanting him isn’t really an option.

Excerpt from Living with Her One-Night Stand (The Loft Series):

On Monday morning, Jill overslept.

She set her alarm for seven, but it was seven thirty-five when she finally woke up. As soon as she registered the time, she flew out of bed and ran to the bathroom.

She hated being late. As much as it annoyed her when other people were late, she hated it even more when it was her.

She took a three-minute shower, grabbed an outfit that wouldn’t take any effort to pull together—a knee-length A-line dress in a vintage print—and snatched a handful of jewelry that might possibly work with it. She’d barely gotten her shoes on before she was rushing into the kitchen to get some coffee.

Michelle was at the counter with her laptop as she always was, eating cereal and working. But what surprised Jill was finding that Lucas was up too.

He didn’t have to work. He didn’t have a schedule. He could still be in bed.

But there he was, sitting at the counter with a cup of coffee, putzing on his phone. Wearing nothing but a pair of old sweatpants. His hair was mussed, he needed to shave, and he wasn’t wearing a shirt.

So the first thing Jill saw as she came into the kitchen was a whole lot of gorgeous male back and shoulders and arms.

She didn’t need to see that this morning.

She dumped her pile of jewelry on the counter as she poured herself a cup of coffee.

“Morning,” Lucas said, sounding friendly and casual.

What was he even doing up this early?

And why did he have to sound so awake? Awake and masculine. Awake and masculine and sexy.

First thing on a Monday morning.

She did her best to suppress a snarl.

“You’re running late,” Michelle said, without looking up from her laptop. “Did you oversleep?”

“I don’t want to talk about it.” Jill was trying to drink her coffee and put on her earnings, bracelets, necklace, and rings at the same time.

Lucas was watching her with laid-back interest in his green eyes.

She tried not to snarl at him again.

His eyebrows went up slightly, and she realized she must not have done a good job at the suppression.

She turned her back to him, reaching into the cupboard for a breakfast bar. She preferred to eat cereal, but she didn’t have time this morning. She kept her back to Lucas as she gulped down more of her coffee.

“You missed a button.”

She stiffened, glancing over her shoulder to verify that Lucas had been talking to her. “What?”

“You missed a button.” He gestured toward her dress. “You want me to get it?”

“I can get it,” she gritted out, contorting her arms until she could feel which button on the back of her dress was undone. Discovering it, she stretched her shoulders painfully so she could button it.

When she glanced back over at Lucas, she saw that his mouth was tilted up slightly.

He was laughing at her. Silently but definitely laughing.

She didn’t try to hide her snarl this time.

He didn’t have to be up and dressed and at work by eight in the morning. He didn’t have to sit there in her kitchen, looking smug and gorgeous and amused and irresistibly rumpled when she could barely pull it together.

What kind of malicious turn of fate had made him her roommate at all?

When she’d managed her button, she poured more coffee into her cup and took it with her, grabbing her bag on her way out as she left.

She did remember to mumble out a “See you later,” before she closed the door.

It was just the first Monday morning of Lucas living in her apartment.

It was going to be a long six months.

Copyright © 2018 Living With Her One-Night Stand Noelle Adams

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Noelle Adams PhotoNoelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

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Excerpt and Sweepstakes: The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm by Sybrina Durant

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The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm by Sybrina Durant

Genre: a science fiction/fantasy illustrated book For teens and older readers

“An illustrated unicorn fantasy – from the unicorn’s point of view.”

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This is the “Plain Text” with illustrations version of this book. The illustrations for this book are much smaller than the illustrations for the jpg only version of this book. The print version provides the most pleasurable reading and viewing experience.

This chapter book is a collector’s dream containing page after page of lavish artwork. It contains nearly 100 pages of story text by Sybrina Durant and the same number of pages of magnificent water-color illustrations by Dasguptarts. This book, written by Sybrina Durant and illustrated by Dasguptarts, offers readers a visual feast of over forty beautiful water-color pictures that each span two pages. Forty-two – easy to digest two-page chapters are chock full of adventurous and entertaining morsels. This illustrated book will become a favorite of teens and older fantasy readers. A companion coloring/ character description book is also available at any online bookstore.

Excerpt from The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm:

The firebird hovered at the entrance of the canyon watching the three of them.

Blue was crunching on a rock. He giggled and said something that sounded like “silly bird” to the pendragon and they all laughed.

It was ridiculous. Girasol felt completely powerless and her feelings were hurt, too. She had no idea how she could help them.

“How can I make them listen to me?” she asked the mountains. Her normally bright orange flames had become a faint red glow.

“You can’t,” a voice which seemed to come from nowhere and everywhere at the same time answered. “I have induced hebephrenia into their feeble minds.”

“Who are you and what is heb-phren-whatever you called it?” Girasol flared, melting some of the ice from the nearby rock faces.

“My, aren’t you a hot-head?” the voice chuckled at her display of anger. “I am Yegwa. They call me the spirit of false springtime. I have put your friends and the pendragon under a spell which makes them think this is a wonderful place to live.”

“Let them go,” the firebird demanded, blue-white sparks spouting from her feathered crown. She could not see the spirit and was very frustrated.

“Let them go? I wouldn’t dream of it. It’s not often I have this much fun,” Yegwa said in a voice hungry with anticipation. “My magic doesn’t seem to work on you though,” she said thoughtfully. “It must be that hot blood of yours.”

“What kind of spirit are you? How can you enjoy watching your victims freeze or starve to death?” Girasol asked. “You are so wicked. I don’t know what’s worse—you or that evil sorcerer, Magh,” she shouted disgustedly.

“Magh? Sorcerer? Do tell…he sounds like someone I would like,” Yegwa asked with interest. “Is he single?”

“Single? What?” Girasol blazed. “Forget about Magh! I don’t have time for this back and forth with you.”

“Ooh, well, la-ti-da…aren’t you the peppery dish,” Yegwa said, letting loose a shrill cackle. “If I had teeth, I’d eat you right up!”

“What about my friends?” the firebird asked again. She looked around the top of the canyon walls trying to find the owner of the ghostly voice.

“You’re welcome to keep company with them if you wish. I don’t keep anyone imprisoned, you know,” Yegwa said, trying to sound sugary sweet.

“Thanks a lot,” Girasol said sarcastically. She tapped her head with her right wing, trying to figure out a way to save her friends. “Hot blood. . .hmmm. . .Warmth. . .that’s it,” she realized. “If they’re going to snap out of this, they need to be warm!” she thought suddenly.

They were going to freeze to death if she did not help them soon. She remembered seeing Blue pick up some pepo seeds earlier. She searched the bag hung across his shoulder and brought one out. He was so far gone, he did not even notice her. One seed would give her enough energy for five days. “In this cold, I might need this and more to keep them warm,” she thought, while chewing the seed.

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Sybrina-Durant-300x205I am the author of the “Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox” series of instructional books for boys and girls. I also co-write, edit and publish children’s books by other authors, Sandi Johnson (Children’s books) and Britt Brundige (Tween graphic novel). For the older crowd, there’s a little bit of romance by Historical Regency Romance author, Gina Rose.

I am also the publisher of the 4 volume set – Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus. Check out all of these books and if you like them, please recommend them to other Good Reads members.

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Spotlight: The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise

The first time you meet someone, you make eye contact. You
smile, say hello. Should be simple, if you’re anyone but me. The first time I
met Dylan Reed, I found myself making eye contact with a different part of his
body. You see, I’m very good at being shy, not to mention extremely well-versed
in rambling nonsense and, unfortunately, rather highly skilled at making a fool
of myself in front of a guy I’m attracted to.
 
At the time, I knew nothing about him and thought none of
what I said would matter since I’d never speak to him again. Turns out, I was
very wrong. He was the star wide receiver of the football team, one of the few
players expected to make it into the NFL, and I ended up seeing him all over
campus.
I might have also propositioned him, run away from him,
attacked him with a cooking utensil…and…uh, maybe I shouldn’t tell you all of
it. It’s pretty normal stuff, things you’d expect…from me. Eventually, the time
came when I couldn’t hide anymore—not that he’d have let me even if I tried.
Before now, he never knew I was secretly watching him. Now
that we see each other every day, he knows when I have a hard time looking
away. It doesn’t help that I’m not the most subtle person in the world either.
 
He smiles at me and tells me he finds me fascinating because
of my quirks. I can’t even tell him that I think my heart beats differently
whenever he’s around.
 
He thinks we’re going to be best friends. I think I have a
big thing for him, and the more I get to know him, the more I don’t care that
I’m not allowed to be his friend, let alone fall for him.
 
The thing is, that’s exactly what I’m doing—what we’re
doing, I think.
 
Falling.
 
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Writing has become my world and I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than giving life to new characters and new stories. You know how some things simply makes your heart burst with happiness? A really good book, a puppy, hugging someone you’ve been missing like crazy? That’s what writing does to me. And all the hard work, all the sleepless nights, all the anxiety…everything is worth it at the end. And I’m hoping that reading my books will leave you with that same happy feeling.