Spotlight: On the Fly Series (Book #1: Love in the Air Series) by Kate Asher and Maizie Kaye

Her unlikely love affair might just be scarier than her fear of flying… 
Emma Chadwick will never fly again…no matter who’s getting married or what work meeting she has to attend. That’s the plan. Right after she gets through one last anxiety-inducing flight. When she clutches her armrest on take-off, her nails don’t dig into leather. Nope. It’s a sexy muscular arm… attached to a complete jerk. Just her luck. 
Ander Jorgenson is nobody’s hero. He’s made a career of dismantling companies, and he’s prepared to take apart the failing airline that his father built. If only the shackles of family obligation would let him. The last thing he needs interrupting his brooding is the tempting woman freaking out in the seat next to him. It’s just a plane, for heaven sake. 
Finding true love on an airplane happens more often than people think, but that’s not the case with Ander and Emma. It’s what happens after they land that leads to sparks… 
On the Fly features a confident CEO determined to avoid the shadow of his father’s legacy, a smart-as-a-whip heroine unwilling to put up with her boss’s antics, and enough chemistry to make you rush to book your next flight on this family-owned airline today!
Full-length stand-alone stand-in date romance novel.


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Excerpt and Sweepstakes: The Relationshit Show by S. Cole

Once upon a time, there was a young girl who thought she found the love of her life at only fourteen years old . . . but after five years of puppy love combined with ‘we think we’re grown’ love, her fairy tale came to an end.
That girl was me. 
I’m Cole and this is my story, my journey, and as it turned out, my hot mess of a dating life.
There are the guys who ghosted me and also the one who returned like a zombie again and again. There are drunken adventures and one night stands. There’s even that time I became a bride for the span of a night.
While struggling with writer’s block and depression, I jotted it all down, kept the records, and now I’m ready to share it with you. 
Yeah, you! 
I’ve condensed it all into seventeen episodes of love, life, lust and the chaos of millennial dating. So get comfortable, grab your popcorn, some tissues, and of course that bottle of wine. It’s time to binge on your favorite reality star… me.
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When he arrived, I ordered the Uber, and in no time, one showed up. We got dropped off at the restaurant. Driver earned extra points when he asked me if I wanted to order a large cheese dip. However, he lost points when he stuck his chip in the dip, sucked the cheese off of the chip, and then stuck said chip back into the queso. I was baffled and confused and hurt that he would treat the cheese dip that way.

“Why’d you do that?” I couldn’t help myself. I had to ask.

He shrugged his shoulders. “I like the cheese. I don’t like the chip.”

Blasphemy.

I decided to shrug it off. I mean, at least the man liked cheese. You may be shocked to know, I’ve dated some guys who don’t.

Extreme blasphemy.

After the crazy queso fiasco, things were all fine and dandy . . .

S. Cole, otherwise known as Shay, is kind of a hot mess. A fun hot mess, but a mess nonetheless. She gets shit done, but . . . ya get the point. Shay is a daughter, sister, friend, and great worker! She’s really awesome at all of those things, but she probably writes best. She has written stories for as long as she can remember. Like, at least since she was seven years old. That’s when she wrote her first book. Shay loved conjuring up stories so much, she continued writing them into her twenties. But now, she can drink while she’s doing it, so it’s even better! Maybe that’s why the characters that reside in her little black heart finally bothered her enough that she had to actually share them with readers. #winemademedoit

Shay grew up in a home where she was taught to embrace her inner nerd and creativity . . . and her short stature. At 5’1, Shay is that short girl who writes about the deranged and devious. For some reason, she strayed from her usual love of crime fiction to write something funny. She once told her friend ‘I write dark shit, but when I’m in a dark place, I’ve got to write light’.
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Cover Reveal: Malady (Book #2: Deviant Games Series) by Natalie Bennett

Let’s play a game…
Words can be powerful things, and those four just granted me a golden ticket straight to hell.
Two beautifully deranged boys have decided I’m their next acquisition.
To make things fair they give me a chance to save myself. All I have to do is beat them at a few games of their choice.
Truth or dare.
Hide and seek.
Simon says.
Seems simple until you account for the bloodied twist they each have.
They say in all chaos there’s calculation. For my sake I hope that’s true because if we’re going to play, I’m playing to win.
Malady is a complete novel. There’s no cliffhanger, but it must be read after Crucible.

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With a penchant for (writing) villainous immoral men, and a tendency to deviate away from traditional happily ever afters, Natalie Bennett is an international bestselling author of twisted and unconventional love stories.
When she’s not slaying words she’s somewhere in the sunshine state, happily taking life one curve-ball at a time.

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Cover Reveal: Center of Gravity (An Ice Tigers Hockey Romance) by Isabella Cassazza

It was supposed to be only one night. But one night can change your life forever. And even the most magical nights have consequences.
Emilia Ravelli lives a fairy-tale life… or does she? 
What appears picture perfect on the outside can crumble on the inside. And holding up appearances is the number one rule for anyone carrying the Ravelli name.
But what if one reckless night changes everything?
Sent to Boston to manage the Ice Tigers’ franchise, can she break free from her overbearing grandfather?
Matt Walker has lost it all… or did he?
Betrayed by those he trusted most, all he wants is to win the Cup.
But what if the new team owner turns his world upside down?
Can Emilia convince him there’s more to this world than stickhandling?
Two lost souls. 
A secret that changes their lives forever.
An unexpected love story.

 

 

 

Isabella Cassazza lives in Europe. She has been an avid reader from an early age, and when she’s not writing, she usually has a book in her hands. Other than that, she enjoys a good hockey game, equestrian sport and chocolate—lots of chocolate.
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Mini-Review: Sin Eater by Megan Campisi

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For the crime of stealing bread, fourteen-year-old May receives a life sentence: she must become a Sin Eater—a shunned woman, brutally marked, whose fate is to hear the final confessions of the dying, eat ritual foods symbolizing their sins as a funeral rite, and thereby shoulder their transgressions to grant their souls access to heaven. 

Orphaned and friendless, apprenticed to an older Sin Eater who cannot speak to her, May must make her way in a dangerous and cruel world she barely understands. When a deer heart appears on the coffin of a royal governess who did not confess to the dreadful sin it represents, the older Sin Eater refuses to eat it. She is taken to prison, tortured, and killed. To avenge her death, May must find out who placed the deer heart on the coffin and why.

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Source: NetGalley and Atria Books          Rating: 4/5 stars

The Bottom Line: Upon reflection, I can’t say I loved this book, but I can definitively say I found it fascinating.  Though the names have been altered, the setting is clearly England during the reign of Elizabeth I and there are nefarious deeds being perpetrated in the castle.  Getting to the bottom of the mystery requires the abilities of one young lady, a recently appointed sin eater who is caught up in a mess she never should have been privy to. 

In truth, I could have done without the whole court conspiracy bit and just read about the life of May, the sin eater.  Her punishment is reprehensible, the people she lives among treat her as an outcast, at best, yet they need her on a daily basis to make themselves feel better about their miserable lives.  The dynamic between May and the people she “serves” was the most intriguing aspect of this read, followed closely by the sins and the foods associated with them.  Finally, “watching” as May comes to terms with her life sentence was like watching a train wreck, you know its’s bad and you should be watching, but you also can’t stop yourself.

The writing is top notch the story is fascinating, but this isn’t going to be a story for all readers.  This book sort of defies placement within a specific genre, the abuse May suffers, and the matching up of the fake names with the real historical figures will be bothersome to many.  For the rest of us, it’s just an intense and wonderfully weird read.

Releasing April 7, 2020: Amazon |B&N | Kobo | Audible | Hardcover

Mini-Review: Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West

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Isobel Johnson knows helicopter parents like Julia Abbott–a stage mom whose world revolves around interfering in her children’s lives–come with the territory. Julia resents teachers like Isobel, who effortlessly bond with students, including Julia’s own teenagers, who have started pulling further away from her. 

Isobel has spent her teaching career in Liston Heights side-stepping the community’s high-powered families. But when she receives a threatening voicemail accusing her of Anti-Americanism and a “blatant liberal agenda,” she realizes she’s squarely in the fray. Rather than cowering, Isobel doubles down on her social-justice ideals. Meanwhile, Julia, obsessed with the casting of the high school’s winter musical, inadvertently shoves the female student lead after sneaking onto the school campus. The damning video footage goes viral and has far-reaching consequences for Julia and her entire family. 

With nothing to unite them beyond the sting of humiliation from public meltdowns, Isobel and Julia will find common ground where they least expect it, confronting a secret Facebook gossip site that’s stirring up more trouble for this tumultuous, fractured school community.

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Source: NetGalley and Berkley          My Rating: 3/5 stars

The Bottom Line: Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes is one of those reads that I finished and after 24 hours of reflection find that I mostly just feel ambivalent towards this story and its characters.  There are a lot of threads and plot lines in this book and while they are all connected to one another, they don’t always connect well.  What’s more, outside of the teenagers (GASP!) there isn’t really a decent character in this book.  The adults are simply pathetic, each looking for ways to better others or tear down those they perceive as having slighted them.  The pettiness is next level with personal and professional attacks alike.  The greatest level of maturity, proper behavior, and actions in the book come from the kids and that simply makes no sense given who their parents are.  At the end of it all, I walked away from this book thankful there wasn’t anything left to read, no more drama and no more catastrophes. 

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Cover Reveal: SHATTERED SKULL (Book #1: Sons of Sinister Series) by Tabatha Vargo

The first time I saw Aiken Cross aka Skull, he was standing atop a speeding motorcycle.
 
The second time, he was putting his fist through my brother’s face.
 
Now he’s everywhere I look.
 
He’s making my life hell with his vulgar remarks and seductive lure, but it’s not my fault my brother joined The Border Lords, his rival crew. I keep my nose out of their business and my head in the books, yet he’s always there provoking me. Dragging me into their conflict.
Everyone in town knows you don’t mess with the Sons of Sinister, but no one ever told me what to do when a Son of Sinister messes with me.


Tabatha is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for her sexy adult romance Little Black Book.
 
Tabatha writes in all genres, including adult and new adult, and isn’t afraid to venture into the dark side on occasion, as she proved with her dark, prison romance, Slammer. 
 
She’s an avid reader of all things smutty and the writer of sexy stories featuring redeemable alpha bad boys and sweet, strong women.
 
Her other loves include her children, her loving, supportive husband, anything historical, and wind chimes.
 
When she isn’t writing, she’s texting book ideas to herself.
 
Tabatha is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
 
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