Friday, July 20, 2018

Excerpt & Preorder blast: JUSTIFIED TEMPTATION by Erin Lockwood

Check out this excerpt of JUSTIFIED TEMPTATION by Erin Lockwood! Preorder your copy today!

Adult Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone
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How long could you stay faithful?

Naomi Devereaux is the most devoted married woman in the world. Or so she thought until she is stranded on an island with the gray-eyed, masculine Guy Harrington. She loves her husband, her best friend since college, even when she gives up hope of ever seeing him again. What she’s left with are her survival instincts and her undeniable physical attraction to Guy, who provokes a sexual awakening she’s never experienced. 

Even the most faithful women have a breaking point.

Guy holds his hand out for me to use him as leverage as I jump from one large rock to another. I follow him, focusing on my feet and where my next step will be. It’s not terribly high up, but it’s steep. 

“This is my first time hiking.”

Guy places his hand on a large rock to his side, giving him leverage to scoot up to a higher rock. Once he’s there, he turns and offers his hand to me. 

“See?” he says. “You have an adventurous side after all.” 

I smile at the thought. He’s right. I love how the view seems to change with every step. I’m probably exploring territory that nobody else has ever explored before. Just Guy and me. 

“So, what would you call this? A very big hill or a tiny mountain?” I ask between steps. 

“For all we know, it could be a volcano,” he answers while breathing hard. He’s not just trekking uphill on his own; he’s also holding and guiding me along the way. “Let’s just call it a mountain for shits and giggles.” 

I laugh out loud. “Shits and giggles, huh?” 

Guy stops to smile at me. “What? You don’t like my phrases?”

Shaking my head, I say, “Mr. Harrington, you definitely have a way with words. One way or another, you always seem to get a reaction out of me.” 

He turns to continue climbing up our little mountain. “Mr. Harrington is too formal. I only allow people to call me Guy.” He takes one long stride up a boulder and turns to reach his hand out for me. “Especially you.” 

“Why especially me?” I ask, taking his hand and letting him easily hoist me up to his level. 

“Because, as far as I’m concerned, you’re the only woman in the world.”

The rock we’re standing on together doesn’t have too much surface area on top. We’re inches from each other. His arms are wrapped around me, keeping me from falling off this small space. Our noses are almost touching, and the heat from our breaths is mingling every time we breathe out. 

There’s nowhere else to look, except into each other’s eyes. I feel him wanting to be even closer. It would be so easy to give in, but I hold myself back.

“But you know that’s not true,” I say only an inch from his mouth, instantly cutting the tension between us. 

He lets me go with one arm and reaches up to cup his fingers around a rock’s ledge. 

“Here, scoot to the side of me, and I’ll push you up to the next rock. I don’t think we have too much more to climb. I think it gets flat at the top.” 

I do what he said, moving on from that intense moment. I’m feeling proud of myself. The more I’m around Guy, the easier it feels to fall into his temptation. It’s confusing, being here with him for so long and not knowing when we’ll ever be rescued … or if we’ll ever be rescued. But I’m faithful to Charles, and nothing—not all the time in the world, not the most pristine, masculine man—can shake that.

About the Author:

Erin Lockwood grew up in Castro Valley, California and attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated in 2003 with a degree in journalism. From there she moved to Denver and spent the next seven years searching for the love of her life and building the family of her dreams.

It wasn’t long until, with children starting preschool and more time on her hands, Erin refocused on her career, beginning with a successful entry into the world of residential real estate as a Realtor. Free time was spent reading book after book (and binge-watching the subsequent films) in the New Adult genre. Feeling hopelessly in love with her husband, she wrote him a short story leading up to their fifth wedding anniversary. That’s when she discovered her tireless passion to share her experience of falling in love through fictional characters. That story evolved into the first novel in the Angles trilogy.

Erin still lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Phil, and their three children.

Great Summer Reads - Beyond - Catina Haverlock and Angela Larkin

Catina worked her way through college as a TV reporter and a dating game show host. She's a sucker for Young Adult romance stories (both real and make-believe). She has a panache for match-making and loves that many of her "set-ups" have resulted in marriages. 

After spending most of her adult life in Las Vegas, Catina traded in tumbleweeds for earthquakes and now lives with her husband and four children near San Diego, California. If she's not home, chances are you can find her at the beach, Disneyland or In-N-Out Burger.

Angela Larkin writes clean teen romance and is a big fan of kissing (in life and in books). She's been a gold miner, a pool cleaner, a mannequin dresser, and a teacher. She's lived a true romance: meeting her husband in a case of mistaken identity. They recently moved with their four children from the sparkling city of Las Vegas to the shade of the North Carolina Pines. Chances are, she's reading past bedtime.

"Dangerous. Wrong.
She could be so close to finding out who I really am, and I don't want to think about how badly that could damage her. If I have any conscience, I'll turn and run. But I can't let her go."

Presley Hale has no idea the guy she just told off in the school parking lot died in a drowning accident four months ago. Why would she? It's not like she knows she can see the dead. Stunned by Presley's sixth sense, Landon Blackwood rethinks his planned departure and begins tracking her to find answers to their mysterious connection.

When their complicated relationship turns dangerous, they learn that tampering with the boundaries of death comes with consequences. Can Landon save Presley from the insidious spirits who have marked her for death, or was their love doomed from the beginning?

The next book in this Series is available this September!


Violet’s shivering had finally subsided and she sat wrapped up in my comforter at the foot of my bed. We sat cross legged, knees to knees. I could tell she had been crying for a while. I laid my hand over hers.
“Tell me what’s going on.”
Violet didn’t look at me, but stared over my shoulder. “I’m forgetting.”
“What do you mean?”
“I feel like I’m forgetting my brother,” she said, her voice distant.
“No, Vi. Of course you’re not.” Again, I felt the choking guilt of having free access to the one thing that Violet missed the most.
She met my eyes. “That day we ditched and went to Kings Beach. Landon’s beach. That was our place. But I let myself have fun that day without him. How could I?”

“That’s a good thing.”
“I don’t think so. He used to be in my thoughts every minute. And now I find myself going an hour, maybe two not thinking of him at all.”
“Why is allowing yourself a little happiness bad?”
“Because I’m forgetting.” Her voice broke.
“He’s your twin; you are never going to forget.”
“Exactly. He was my twin and I have to pull up videos to remember how his laugh sounded.”
His voice gets husky when he laughs, I thought. 
“Which side his dimple was on when he smiled. The exact shade of his hair.” She pressed her face into her hands, then roughly pulled her fingers through her hair. “It’s getting blurred.”
Dimple on the left. Hair the color of coffee without cream.
My eyes dropped to my hands in my lap. “I know it’s not the same, and I’m not trying to marginalize your pain, but sometimes when I look at Chase, I feel like I’ve lost a brother too. I’ve thought of that day at Kings beach also. Where was Chase? While we were ditching school, he was in a special-ed classroom. If he didn’t have autism, I would have brought him with us. Who am I to be making new friends and being all spontaneous when both of those things are so hard for him?”
I risked a glance and looked at her carefully. Her eyes were locked on mine and filling with tears, but I felt safe to continue. “I just want you to know that I understand how it feels to have things not turn out the way you’d hoped. What it’s like to be alone.”
Violet nodded. “There’s just no escaping it. I can’t run fast enough. It doesn’t matter how many things I fill my life with; how I try to distract myself. The pain is always there. It will always be there.”
I squeezed her hands.
She continued. “I’m just so scared I’m losing that connection we had. I’m telling you, Presley...it was like paranormal.” She smiled ruefully. “There was this one time I was at leadership camp in Sacramento. I got totally sick in the middle of the night. I thought it was just food poisoning. Then it got so bad that I couldn’t get off the bathroom floor to ask for help. Somehow, from a hundred miles away, Landon knew I was in trouble. He called and woke up my camp counselor to make her check on me.” Her eyes rounded. “My appendix ruptured and the surgeon said I would’ve been dead by morning.”
“That’s incredible,” I said.
“Exactly. Who has that? It was something unexplainable. And after he died, I could still feel him. That probably sounds crazy, but I swear I could sense him. And it’s fading. And I will never get it back.”
I could’ve fixed it in one sentence and just told her that Landon was standing outside right now. But that wasn’t my place. And who knew? It might make things worse.
I chose my words carefully. “I think I’ve learned enough about Landon to know that he’d want you to be happy. That he would be glad that things are getting a little easier for you. You’re not betraying him.”
Violet leaned forward and threw her arms around me. Her chin rested on my shoulder. “Can I just stay here tonight?”
“Of course you can.”

Long after Violet’s breaths grew slow and rhythmic, I laid there wondering how I landed here and how long I could keep this up.

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Lullaby Baby by Isabella Starling Cover Reveal

Lullaby Baby

by Isabella Starling Publication Date: Fall 2018 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

The sweetest lullabies won’t mend your heart, They’ll break it.

About Isabella Starling

Dark, dirty and taboo is what Isabella Starling is known for. An Amazon top 25 bestselling Author, Isabella has 10 books under her belt in under a year. She is a self-proclaimed Tumblr gif addict and always looking for her next forbidden story. If you pick up a Starling book, you can count on a bad-mouthed, bossy man who will dominate his woman with a rough hand. Add just a sprinkle of taboo, a touch of BDSM and a pinch of suspense, and you’re all set for a story you won’t forget.

Romance Writers of America announces 2018 RITA Award winners

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Romance Writers of America announces 2018 RITA Award winners

DENVER, CO Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for published and aspiring romance fiction authors, announced the winners of the 2018 RITA® Awards on Thursday, July 19, at a black-tie awards ceremony at its 38th Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.
The RITA® Award is the highest award of distinction in romance fiction and recognizes outstanding published romance novels and novellas. 
Up to 2,000 romance novels and novellas from 13 different categories are judged each year in the RITA® competition. After the first round of judging by fellow published romance authors, the competition narrows to approximately 100 finalists. Then, final round judges, also published romance authors, select one winner in each category from among the finalists. 
The 2018 RITA® Award winners are:
Romance Novella: Forbidden River by Brynn Kelly
Contemporary Romance Long: Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan
Young Adult Romance: Seize Today by Pintip Dunn
Historical Romance Long: Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen
Romantic Suspense: The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon
Paranormal Romance: Hunt the Darkness by Stephanie Rowe
Erotic Romance: Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner
Historical Romance Short: Waltzing with the Earl by Kelly Bowen
Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements: Then There Was You by Kara Isaac
Contemporary Romance Short: Second Chance Summer by Kait Nolan
Contemporary Romance Mid-length: Tell Me by Abigail Strom
Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
Best First Book: Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
The list of winners, along with author photos and book covers, can be found on the RWA website at https://www.rwa.org/page/2018-winners
Romance Writers of America’s mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre. Romance fiction is a $1 billion industry, and it’s a consistent, top-performing category on the best-seller lists. To learn more about romance fiction and RWA, visit http://www.rwa.org or call 832-717-5200, Ext. 128.

First Anniversary Blog Blitz: The Second Cup by Sarah Marie Graye

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First Anniversary Blog Blitz:
The Second Cup by Sarah Marie Graye

The Second Cup was originally published on 19 July 2017. The extended edition (includes character interviews) was published on 12 February 2018.
The Second Cup

This book was an interesting one; it had grabbed me originally by not only the cover with the butterflies in the jar but also the tagline - "Can someone else steal your suicide"? Well if Ryan's Bed by Tijan is anything to go by, we know that it's true. I wasn't sure what to expect, and I have to admit it was a confusing read as felt in quite a few places disjointed and seemed to go off on tangents. We have four unlikely friends - Faye, Beth, Abbie, and Olivia. All of whom their lives are at a stagnant feel. For Faye she never got over who love of Jack - he was the "one who got away", Beth is a weird one and dreams of her suicide often and how she would do it, Abbie has been married a couple of times and has decided this marriage she is in is a loveless one and Olivia is a doormat with a relationship that is now miserable and not going anywhere. Faye decides one day to go on the search for Jack and the results of her journey set a domino effect between her friends as their lives start to collapse. I did find it interesting how the author connected the characters together from Ethan who had connections to Abbie and Faye , to Beth whose dream suicide mirrors Jack's , Olivia who when visiting Beth in hospital spots the girl who made her life hell and led her to the guy she is currently with and also Olivia's connections to both Abbie and her first ex-husband Paul.
If you are in the mood for a slower paced women's fiction with a bit of edge, then check out Sarah Marie Graye "The Second Cup” and like most Women Fiction novels, The Second Cup has a series of discussion questions at the end of the book for readers.

Author bio

Sarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester in 1975, to English Catholic parents. To the outside world Sarah Marie’s childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing, until aged nine, when she was diagnosed with depression.

It’s a diagnosis that has stayed with Sarah Marie over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision, including the one to write a novel.

Sarah Marie wrote The Second Cup as part of an MA Creative Writing practice as research degree at London South Bank University – where she was the vice-chancellor’s scholarship holder.

Sarah Marie was diagnosed with ADHD in November 2017 and published an extended edition of The Second Cup in February 2018 that included character interviews so she could diagnose one of her characters with the same condition.

Book blurb

Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Theirs did.

Faye knows her heart still belongs to her first love, Jack. She also knows he might have moved on, but when she decides to track him down, nothing prepares her for the news that he's taken his own life.

Faye is left wondering how to move forward - and whether or not Jack's best friend Ethan will let her down again. And the news of Jack's death ripples through the lives of her friends too.

Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage, and wondering if she was right to leave her first love behind. Poor Olivia is juggling her job and her boyfriend and trying to deal with a death of her own. And Jack's death has hit Beth the hardest, even though she never knew him.

Is Beth about to take her own life too?

Amazon links

Amazon book page:              https://getbook.at/SecondCup

Amazon author page:           https://author.to/SarahMarieGraye

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