Spotlight and Sweepstakes: Meant for You by Michelle Major

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Single mom Jenny Castelli has a temper to match her red hair. When the former mean girls of her high school insult her son, Jenny fires off a big lie—that she’s engaged to a rich, handsome guy and is bringing him to their ten-year reunion. Now she needs to find the perfect fake fiancé for one night. And only one man fits the bill.   Geek turned tech entrepreneur Owen Dalton already had his heart broken by Jenny Castelli. Still, he finds himself agreeing to her proposition—even as he struggles to remember that the chemistry sparking between them isn’t real. But when Jenny’s ex makes a play for custody and Owen is forced to deal with the family who always treated him as “second best,” their arrangement suddenly becomes very personal. And that lie they’ve been telling everyone? It isn’t nearly as big as the one they’ve been telling themselves.

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About the author and where to find her:

major photo smallMichelle Major grew up in Ohio but dreamed of living in the mountains. More than twenty years ago, she pointed her car west and settled in Colorado. Today her home includes her husband, their two children, several furry pets, and a couple of well-behaved reptiles. She’s grateful to have found her passion for writing stories with happy endings.

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Audio Excerpt and Sweepstakes: Time Keeper by Tara Sim

Author: Tara Sim

Narrator: Gary Furlong

Length: 8h 50m

Publisher: Forever Young Audiobooks

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release date: Feb. 14, 2017

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Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Tara Sim is the author of Timekeeper (Sky Pony Press) and can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, and check out her website at tarasim.com.

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Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn’t looked back.

Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek’s production of Rent in 2010.

Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over.

He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.

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Release Blitz: An Accident by Lindsay Marie Miller

Title: An Accident (Andrew Sister’s #2)

Author: Lindsay Marie Miller

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 28, 2017

Synopsis

Amy Andrews is an aspiring young artist living alone in the heart of New York City. With an acceptance letter to NYU in the mail, her dreams of opening her own Manhattan gallery one day appear within reach.

Until Austin Taylor crosses her path. A smooth talkin’ country boy from Southern Missouri with a knack for the culinary arts. What starts as innocent flirtation quickly blossoms into a passionate love affair, branded by sweet temptation and burning desire.

But when a heavy dose of reality drives them apart, will their whirlwind romance come to an end?

Or is their love the kind that lasts a lifetime?

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With Appearances by Benny & Claire Lewis
*Can be read as a Stand Alone*

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LINDSAY MARIE MILLER graduated from Florida State University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. An author of Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense, she enjoys writing about strong heroines and the honorable gentlemen who claim their hearts. The author resides in her hometown of Tallahassee, FL, where she is currently working on her next novel.

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Excerpt and Sweepstakes: Tricksters Series by A.L. Davroe

Nexis (Tricksters, #1) by A.L. Davroe.  Release Date: Dec. 1, 2015.  Genre: YA Sci-Fi / YA Science Fiction, published by Entangled Teen.

In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.

Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again.

But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.

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Redux (Tricksters, #2) by A.L. Davroe.  Published by Entangled Teen.  Published on March 21st, 2017.  Genre: YA Sci-Fi / YA Science Fiction. 

The domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.

To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.

But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging…life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.

But then Ella learns a secret…and it changes everything.

Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.

Or die trying.

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I sag to the floor, a shaking mess.

            Slowly, Quentin gathers the rope up once more, coiling it around his arm. Then he’s still for a long minute. I can tell he’s staring at me, waiting. “Elle?”

            I shake my head. “I-I can’t.”

            He crouches down in front of me, meets my haunted eyes. I feel him take up my hands, hold them against his chest. “You’re shaking.”

            Of course I am. I don’t want to die.

            “You can do this,” he whispers.

            Mute now, I shake my head again.

            “Hey.” Shifting both my hands to one of his, he reaches out with the other, stills my head with a palm to my cheek. “Look at me.”

            I do, only because I don’t have a choice. He has me trapped.

            His expression is calm. Serene, like the boy who shot my uncle in the head. I wish I could turn off like that, become cool and calculated and unfeeling. “I will not let you fall. You need to trust me. You need to trust yourself. Stand up.”

            Swallowing hard, I get to shaking legs. I don’t know how I’m going to go down on such unstable things. One is injured as it is.

            “Shoes,” he prompts.

            I slip out of my heels, let the cold stone touch my synthetic skin. It feels strange being on flat feet. I’ve grown up on heels. Without them he seems like a giant as he bends and comes around to my back, putting them into my pack as I stand like an idiot. Seeing that I’m being useless and silly, he bends at my hip and I feel him tugging my skirts. I wince as I hear the tearing noise of him splitting my beautiful dress from hem to seam.

            Four times, like Violet did with hers.

            And then he’s winding the strips around my thighs, his fingers passing in and out like butterfly wings. My legs go from shaking to jelly and I have to hold the wall to keep myself upright.

            When he’s done, he stands in front of me, stares at me, and frowns. After a thought, he unbuttons his jacket and slides it off his shoulders.

            I blink at him, confused.

            “Put it on.”

            I do as I’m told. It’s big on me, stiff in the shoulder from all the dried blood. It smells like him and the weight of it makes me feel like I’m being held. My fingers fumble on the buttons and he steps into my space to help, his knuckles grazing my hitching chest. The warm certainty of his presence disappears for an instant as he bends to retrieve the rope and then he’s back, tying it under my arms.

            When he finishes with the knot, he just sort of goes still, his body close to mine and me wavering against the solid weight of him. His fingers slide from the knot, inch up, flutter along my clavicle, against my neck. One hand slips back behind my neck and into my hair, tugging just slightly, as the other tips up my jaw.

            His breath is warm and minty as he breathes something that seems like relief, and if it’s possible, something about him—his expression, his body—eases me. He stares down, his eyes clear and true, and that melts me into his body and his touch.

            And then he’s kissing me again. And I’m kissing him. It’s just like it was in the aerovator during our escape. That heat, that familiarity. That instant awakening and settling inside of me—like a flock of birds and a lazy pool of molten heat exploding through my veins and muscles at the same time. That feeling like it’s perfect and sound. It’s everything I ever wanted of a kiss from Quentin Cyr before…before…Gus.

            I shove at him, step away from him, gasping. “What are you doing?” I demand. “You can’t keep kissing me, you’re-you’re in love with someone. I heard you tell Carsai.”

            Unapologetic, he grins at me. “Hmm, that’s something to think about, isn’t it?”

            “You’re a cad.”

            He shrugs. “You’re not scared anymore, though, are you?”

            Heaving in confusion, glaring in heat, I growl as I have to admit that no, I’m not scared anymore.

            “I’m not sorry,” he says, voice quiet. “I like kissing you.”

            Gritting my teeth, I march over to the ropes and pass them around myself as I saw Violet and Bastian do before. I shore up my grip on both ends of the rope and I don’t look down. To look down would be to see where I’m going and right now, I don’t want to.

            “Hey,” Quentin calls to me from where he’s standing, lifting the security rope around him as he backs his weight against it. I feel it tug a little against my chest, like he’s drawing me back to him.

            I pause, look at him even though I don’t want to make eye contact.

            “Go easy,” he says, voice like honey. “Just breathe.”


A.L. (Amanda) Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. She prefers revisionist tales in paranormal, romance, Steampunk, and fantasy. She is the author of Salvation Station (adult psych horror), The City Steam Collection (adult psych horror), For Your Heart (YA Paranormal Romance) and her YA Sci-Fi novel, Nexis, is coming out with Entangled Publishing December 1, 2015!

By day, Amanda lives in Connecticut with her two feline hench-creatures and makes cheese. She’s a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she’s a huge advocate of alternative healing methods. Amanda also wears purple shoes and corsets…Though not always in the same ensemble. She’s a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, a bit gothic, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.

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Review: Claiming Grace (Book #1: Ace Security Series) by Susan Stoker

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For Logan Anderson, moving on from a traumatic past means moving back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Colorado, to start a personal-security business with his brothers. But it’s not long before Logan runs into Grace Mason, his best friend from high school…and the woman who never answered his letters during his Army years.

Grace was pleasantly surprised to see Logan return to Castle Rock, despite their falling-out ten years ago. Everyone always assumed they would end up together, including Grace, who had eyes only for him. But as Logan eventually escaped their town, Grace got pulled further into her family’s controlling grasp—and farther away from the man she loved.

Now, united by scars both visible and not, the two must fight to free Grace from the suffocating hold of her family. But the Masons won’t let go easily—and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep the couple apart.

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My Rating: 4½/5 stars

Hello, Susan Stoker and welcome to my world!!  As you already figured out, Claiming Grace was my first Susan Stoker read, and holy hell, am I glad I started here!!

As the story opens, the three Anderson boys, Logan, Blake, and Nathan are standing beside their father’s grave lamenting not only their loss, but the unfortunate circumstances of their shared lives.  The boys and their father, Ace, spent a lifetime suffering physical abuse at the hands of their wretched mother.  Ace’s death was the result of her madness reaching a horrifying conclusion which has left Anderson boys orphaned and looking for a way to help others in situations much like their own.  Out of tragedy is born Ace Security, a firm dedicated to helping abuse victims in a wide variety of ways including personal protection, court appearance companions, and rescue should the situation call for it.  Never, in a thousand lifetimes could the boys imagine how in demand their services will be and how close to home they will be working. 

Coming home wasn’t something Logan Anderson ever saw himself doing, but the chance to reconnect and work with his brothers was too hard to resist.  Additionally, coming home means once again seeing Grace, the woman who broke his heart a decade ago.  As a teenager, Logan fell hard for Grace and thought she had done the same with him.  Time, distance, and a slew of unanswered letters proved otherwise.  Seeing Grace again, as a beautiful and curvy woman, is more than Logan could have every hoped for, but talking to her is a cat of a different color.  He doesn’t understand how and why Grace abandoned him so many years ago, and the only way he’s going to find out is if he talks to her.  Swallowing his pride isn’t easy, but getting answers is worth it. 

The answers Logan gets from Grace and her only two friends not only disturb him, but cause him to reevaluate his definition of abuse.   As it turns out, Grace has been living her life in fear, in fear of her parents, their harsh words, and threats to the safety of herself and her two friends.  Every aspect of Grace’s life, from the moment she was born has been monitored, controlled, and abused by her parents.  Any attempt to free herself from their control has resulted in limited physical violence and threats her well-connected, wealthy parents could certainly pull off.  Getting away from them is of the highest priority and it’s going to take the help of Logan, his brothers, and her two friends to see to Grace’s safety and security. 

The Bottom Line:  Holy crap did I LOVE this book!!  From the beginning to the end, which I managed in one sitting, I was wrapped up, consumed by this read.  All three Anderson brothers are yummy, nerdy, sexy, and honorable which makes their chosen profession so very appropriate.  While the book contains information about all three brothers, Claiming Grace is Logan’s story, and what a story it is.  Logan must readjust his thinking and call on all his resources to save Grace which creates a real sense of evolution in his character.  Grace is likeable character, especially when she takes control of her own life, but this story was all about Logan for me.  Grace is a nice compliment to Logan and enhances his character and his life.  I see these two being the nucleus of the group as the series continues and each only getting stronger as the series continues.

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.  She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

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Review: For Whom the Bread Rolls (Book #2: A Pancake House Mystery) by Sarah Fox

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Tourist season’s in full swing in the small seaside town of Wildwood Cove, and Marley McKinney couldn’t be happier. Since taking over the Flip Side restaurant, she’s made a few close friends, adopted a cat named Flapjack, and started dating her childhood crush. The only cloud on the horizon is local nuisance Ida Winkler, who blames Marley for landing her nephew in prison. Trying to get a rise out of Marley, Ida’s been making crank calls and even vandalizing the pancake house.

The police can’t do much about the pranks, so Marley sets out to bury the hatchet once and for all. But someone’s beat her to it—in the most shocking way possible. After stumbling across Ida’s dead body, Marley’s suddenly the number-one suspect in her murder. Clearing her good name is going to be a tall order, but Marley’s not about to let Ida keep ruining her life—especially from beyond the grave.

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

In the weeks since her uncle passed away, Marley made the monumental decision to embrace life in Wildwood Cove.  That means early, early mornings opening the Flip Side Pancake House, considering how to redecorate her Victorian, taking refreshing dips in the ocean, and canoodling with her boyfriend, Brett.  Literally, the only thing plaguing Marley’s life is Ida Winkler.

Ida Winkler is no one’s favorite person; in fact, Ida is a certified menace.  Of late, Ida has been vandalizing the Flip Side and making prank calls during the restaurant’s peak hours.  That is, when she’s not stealing things from anyone and everyone.  Yeah, Ida’s a certified menace and Marley is squarely in her crosshairs.  With the police being utterly useless (lack of proof!), Marley determines her only course of action is to confront Ida and try and talk some sense into her.  As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  When Marley gets to Ida’s house, she quite unpleasantly discovers, Ida’s cold, dead corpse and herself as a person of interest.

With her reputation and her livelihood at stake, Marley can’t afford to be a person of interest, and the only way to clear her name and save her business is to dig in, dig around, and figure out who killed Ida Winkler.  As it turns out, Marley wasn’t the only person Ida rubbed the wrong way which means Marley’s list of potential suspects gets quite long, quickly.  Narrowing the list down takes a lot of patience, even more persistence, and a willingness to put herself in danger.  As Marley quickly finds out, poking around and asking questions about a murder makes people twitchy, especially the people involved in the murder 😊  It doesn’t take long for Marley to become the object of the culprit’s anger which means danger is fast on her heels. 

The Bottom Line: The Pancake House Mystery series is really keeping me entertained!  This is just the right amount of mystery and danger mixed with strange and somewhat endearing characters.  Except Ida, Ida sucks!  This book is all about Marley trying to become an accepted and respected member of the community through good deeds and hard work.  Getting tangled up in a murder isn’t ideal, but through her determination and with the help of some loyal friends, Marley is able to not only disentangle herself, but solve the mystery of Ida Winkler’s murder.  There’s lots of community and relationship building in this book which mixes nicely with the light mystery aspect.  Overall, this series is helping me fall a little more in love with the cozy mystery genre 😊

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Review: Last Dance (Book #1: Missed Connections Series) by Jeffe Kennedy

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It was five minutes. His hand on the small of her back. His eyes watching like there was no one else in the crowded club. His body a breath away from hers. A kiss full of heat and need and promise.

But then the stranger disappears. And Charlotte Emory can’t forget him. Worse, according to the dating Rules she and her four best friends swear by, all she can do is post an ad online. No names, no numbers. Just a missed connection – and the hope he’ll meet her, and see where another dance leads.

Except Mr. Mystery has his game, too, and he isn’t playing for only one night. He tempts Charley into a daring exploration of power, lust, and suspense, where even the most innocent requests sound indecent…and the indecent ones make her burn all night.

If she plays by the Rules, they’ll never get past teasing each other. But rules were made to be broken…  

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

The Rules guide, instruct, and keep the girls from making poor choices.  The Rules are in place for a reason and are not to be violated as violation of the Rules means consequences and one more bad decision to live with. 

Charley Emory created the Rules to keep she and her best friends from making bad decisions where men are concerned.  Oh, she has faced the consequences a time or two, but by and large, they have served her well.  Of course, it’s easy to abide by the Rules when you generally view men as nothing more than a means to a sexual end; a tissue to be used once and then discarded.  Charley never conceived of a time when her very own Rules would come back to bite her on the ass.  To be fair, Charley is too arrogant to conceive of any man being worth her time and attention beyond a night or two.

Daniel Holt has adored Charley Emory from afar for months and months.  He’s seen her perform on stage every chance he’s gotten and wanted, almost desperately to meet her.  When the chance finally comes, Daniel plays it beyond cool and leaves Charley wanting more.  In fact, Daniel doesn’t even leave Charley with his name or phone number, but he does leave her a message in Missed Connections, a way to meet him again, if she’s interested.  For several weeks, Charley and Daniel rely on Missed Connections to meet one another and tease one another relentlessly, driving the considerable sexual tension between them higher and higher.  While the games are fun, titillating even, Charley soon tires of them and wants to know more, something substantive about her missed connection.  What she finds out rocks her world to its very core and alters every perception she has ever had about men and relationships.  The only question is, will the new information help Charley or hurt her?

The Bottom Line:  Truth time!  I knew I would enjoy this book as I am a long-time fan of Jeffe Kennedy’s writing, and I did like most of it.  Then, there’s Charley, whom I did not care for at all, not even a tiny little bit.  So, how does that get me to a 4-star rating??  Here’s the skinny.  I love the concept of this book, a group of women trying to help one another make better decisions and choices in their personal encounters, supporting one another rather than tearing one another down.  I love the concept of the fictional Missed Connections encounters (not in real life, that shit’s just sketchy!), two people having to cleverly word ads in order to meet again.  I loved Daniel Holt.  Even though Daniel goes about meeting Charley in a somewhat devious way, his intentions are good and he wants nothing but the best for her.  In this way, I was able to forgive Daniel his sins 😊  As always, with Jeffe Kennedy’s books, the naughty bits are delicious and the writing and plot are top notch.  In all, Last Dance (with the exception of Charley!) is a fine start to a new series!

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jeffeJeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.  Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, released starting with Going Under, followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract.   She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

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