Friday, July 21, 2017

Maryann Jordan's Clues of the Heart Spotlight





Author - Maryann Jordan 
Book - Clues of the Heart 
Series  - Baytown Boys
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Military duty called them away to war zones, but after tours overseas, the group of friends found their way back home as men, seeking the peaceful little seaside town. Now, the band of brothers, together once more, work to provide a place for less fortunate veterans to call home.

Katelyn MacFarlane had loved…and lost, when her young fiancé was killed in action. Now, six years later, still at the same job in Baytown, she feels as though life is passing her by.

Gareth Harrison, the town’s private investigator, has had his eye on the beautiful bartender since he moved to town, and offering her a job gives her the change she needs. Treading carefully, he wonders if Katelyn’s broken heart can learn to love again.

When a body is discovered on the local golf course, the missing persons case they’ve been working on suddenly takes a new turn. Racing to find clues to the killer, they also discover clues to their hearts.

****Due to scenes of an explicit sexual nature and language that some consider crude, please be warned - for 18+ only! If you do not like alphas with heart who fall instantly in love with strong female characters while dealing with real life issues...again be warned!!*****












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As an Amazon Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. I joke that I "cut my romance teeth" on the historical romance books. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma's Home was created.
My first novel, Emma's Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love's Series.  From there I have continued with the romantic suspense Alvarez Security Series and now the Saints Protection & Investigation Series, all bestsellers.
My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.
I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years.  I recently retired and now can spend more time devoted to my writing.
I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 34 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.
When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!
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The Witchbreed Series by R.L. Martinez Blitz and #Giveaway


In the Blood
R.L. Martinez
(The Witchbreed Series #1)
Published by: Lakewater Press
Publication date: March 21st 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
A snake. A lion. A return.
In a time when magic is feared, Lady Oriabel Dominax has no choice but to conceal her healing powers while she cares for her father’s struggling estate. One touch of the Witch’s Tree shows her visions of witches hung and burned at the very hands of the people for whom she cares, the people who love her. But with the arrival of a new lord, a man hiding secrets of his own, falling in love might be one wrong move too many.
Incarcerated for an unspeakable crime, fearless warrior Lady Ottilde Dominax is plagued by mysterious dreams of her sister’s death. When a hooded figure offers her the chance of escape, although untrusting, she does not hesitate. Racing across nations to reach Oriabel, her journey is cut short by an encounter with a wedowyn, a formidable beast which she has no chance to overpower alone. Though it is not death that greets her, but something far worse.
Blackmail, betrayal, and murder are only the beginning as a darker magic is awakened. And someone has plans for the Dominax twins, plans more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.
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Beneath the Skin
R.L. Martinez
(The Witchbreed Series #2)
Published by: Lakewater Press
Publication date: July 21st 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Abandoned, betrayed, and wanted for murder, Lady Oriabel Dominax is a witch on the run. The deadly magic now awakened inside her is hungry, and it is all Oriabel can do to control it. With no choice but to trust strangers as her guardians, she quickly discovers not everyone is who they say they are and the very magic she fears might be her only weapon to protect those she loves.
Since rescuing her sister from certain death, Lady Ottilde Dominax’s only goal is to keep Oriabel safe and alive. Not an easy task when both the enemy and their so-called allies are hunting them. Placing all her trust in the very man who held her prisoner, Ottilde must open her heart and mind to a future she could never have predicted, a future guided only by love and survival.
Life, death, and tragedy lie ahead as the Dominax twins set out on a perilous journey to safety. But knowing they are mere pawns in someone else’s game means fighting for family is all they have left.


Author Bio:
Being a stay-at-home mom is probably the hardest job Robin’s ever had (and that’s after working at places like Goodwill, MCL Cafeteria, and Captain D’s). Her house is never clean! No matter how many dishes she does or toys she picks up, her two little ones come right behind her and make a whole new mess. Anyway, this is the first time she hasn’t had some sort of job outside the home since she was fifteen. Kinda scary!
Now that her kids have both started all-day school, she can fling herself into the stories that constantly swirl inside her head. One of the main reasons she writes is to read books that she wishes other people were writing. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, two small sons, two naughty canines, and a mouse-killing cat.

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Withhold by Andrea Pearson Blitz and #Giveaway


Withhold
Andrea Pearson
(Mosaic Chronicles, #9)
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
With the lives of everyone she holds dear at stake, will Nicole be able to do what it takes to stop the evil surrounding her?
In the ultimate battle between good and evil, Nicole is in a race to stop Keitus before he achieves his plans. If he succeeds, he will crush everyone who has opposed him and enslave Earth and countless other planets. Unfortunately, he is only minutes away from his goal.
With so much at stake, Nicole and her friends must approach Helen, a volatile and dangerous spirit who will probably destroy them regardless of whether she gives them what they want. And the chances of her helping them are slim.
Fast-paced and epic magical fights, exciting plot twists, and non-stop action and adventure await. So sit down, buckle up, and hold on for the explosive, much-anticipated conclusion to the award-winning and bestselling Mosaic Chronicles.
EXCERPT FROM DISCERN (Book 1):
Nicole put her stuff down, not wanting anything to be in her hands when she picked up the disgusting book. She reached for it, but hesitated. Already, she could sense warmth coming from the leather cover, and she wasn’t even touching it. Its magical pulses were different from the other items—they seemed to drip off the book like sweat.
Nicole hesitated, but wasn’t sure why. It wasn’t as if something bad would happen, right? She took a deep breath and placed her hands on the book. It shivered under her touch and she cringed, pulling back. The sensation of warm leather made her flesh crawl, and she rubbed her hands and arms on her jeans, trying to get the feeling to go away.
Come on, Nicole. Don’t wimp out.
Without letting herself think about it, she picked up the book and lifted the cover.
A wind rushed over her, blowing her hair back, roaring in her ears. She caught a brief whiff of tobacco smoke before the surge of air reversed and sucked the breath out of her lungs, making her gasp.
The floor under her quaked. The book vibrated. The leather on the cover moved, muscles beneath it flexing. Nicole tried to drop the book, but couldn’t. She was unable to control her hands or fingers. They clenched so tightly, they ached. A shadow covered the pages of the book, preventing her from reading.
What was going on? She gasped again, trying to breathe against the strong wind. She felt someone touch her shoulder, but she couldn’t move. Her fingers still clung to the book. The shadow on the pages shifted, roiled, and turned toward her, the brief outline of a face visible. It watched her for several moments.
Nicole . . .
The voice was soft, deep. A strange yearning inside her made her want to read the book, to understand. To join the owner of the voice, though she didn’t know where or what he was.
The wind slowed to a gentle and familiar caress across her cheek. Familiar?
Then suddenly, it all stopped. The book fell from her hands and slammed itself shut. She backed away, her arms, legs—everything—shaking.
“What happened?” Professor Coolidge asked next to her, making her jump.
“I—I don’t know.” Nicole tried to smooth her hair, but her hands shook too much. She tucked them under her arms. “It said my name . . . and there was a shadow. In-inside it.”
Coolidge lifted the leather book. His mouth popped open in surprise. “You’ve activated a force within it—something alive.” He looked at her, fear and worry on his face. “How did you do that?”
Nicole shook her head. “I don’t know,” she repeated.
Professor Coolidge put the book back on the table. “I’m not sure what to say, other than the book is much more powerful than it used to be.” He peered at her, scrutinizing her. “And I’d love to know why it called to you, why you woke it up, when so many others have not.”


Author Bio:
Andrea Pearson is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast who plays several instruments, not including the banjo, and loves putting together musical arrangements. Her favorite sports are basketball and football, though several knee surgeries and incurably awful coordination prevent her from playing them.
Andrea graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders. She is the author of many full-length novels (the Kilenya Series and Mosaic Chronicles) and several novellas. Writing is the chocolate of her life - it is, in fact, the only thing she ever craves. Being with her family and close friends is where she's happiest, and she loves thunderstorms, the ocean, hiking, public speaking, painting, and traveling.

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Judy Meadows' Escape from Behruz Promo Tour

ESCAPE FROM BEHRUZ
by Judy Meadows

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Record of Wrongs by Sharon Kay (Redemption County, #1)

Record of Wrongs
by Sharon Kay
Series: Redemption County - Book 1
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Sharon Kay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 270
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
 Do your past mistakes define you forever?

Cruz Zaffino leaves prison after a serving a decade for a crime he didn’t commit. With his life all over the internet, there’s nowhere he can go to avoid his illicit past. Involved with one of Chicago’s toughest gangs, he made enemies bent on ruining everything he has. Nowhere is beyond their reach.

Every day, Rosie Marlow lives with the scars from the worst mistake of her life. It’s the one secret she has in her tiny, gossip-fueled town. When Cruz walks into her bar, covered in tattoos and dangerous attitude, she’s captivated. His rough sexuality makes her melt, and his harsh experience calls to her own broken soul. But her story is private and buried so deep, she’s never had the strength to share it.

She’s the unexpected light to his darkness, yet he knows she’s hiding something. Sultry summer nights in each other’s arms weaken her resistance and taunt her with the idea of forever. But as his adversaries draw close, can she love him enough to let him go? 

  
 Record of Wrongs by Sharon Kay (Redemption County, #1)

Record of Wrongs (Redemption County #1)Without a doubt, Cruz Zaffino was a very bad boy, but ten years in prison for the trigger he never pulled couldn’t be erased when his conviction was overturned and the new life he wanted to make wouldn’t be easy. All he wanted was to be left alone, to blend into the small town he ran to for his life do-over. He had no idea he would find more than he could ever deserve, a feisty ray of sunshine in cowboy boots.

Her small town gossip mill knows all of Rosie’s darkest mistakes, all but one and she has vowed they will never find out. When Mr. Tall, Dark and Dangerous walks into the bar, little did Rosie know this brooding and tattooed male would become her knight in tarnished armor or that his own scars of the past may give her the strength she needs to face her own.

When the past comes roaring back, all they are learning to share may be lost in the blink of an eye.
Oh, yes, Sharon Kay’s RECORD OF WRONGS has perfectly flawed characters that will sear a place in your heart with their pasts, scorch your fantasies with their present and make you melt with their tentative and teasing attraction to each other. Ms. Kay manages to bring real people to life, not just characters as she deftly draws their souls, their thoughts and their hearts with her words. Enjoy the light-hearted banter, a slower “country-pace” and even a county fair as two strangers struggle to let go of their pasts and look to the future. All under the scrutiny of a small town that stands by its own...all they had to do was ask the dog.

I received an ARC edition from Sharon Kay in exchange for my honest review.

Binding Curse by T.F. Walsh Dark Fae Hollows, #4

Binding Curse
by T.F. Walsh

Series: Dark Fae Hollows - Book 4
Publication Date: July 24, 2017
Publisher: T.F. Walsh
Genre: Dystopian | Post Apocalyptic
Print Length: 278 pages
Available from: Amazon

She needs him to save the world. He needs her to save himself.

A terrifying darkness has risen and is sweeping Kutia Hollow, leaving dead bodies in its wake. Luna Vale, a fae militia lieutenant in post-apocalyptic Moscow, discovers evidence that a criminal holds the answer to stopping the murders. Except those in charge at the precinct are corrupt. She's determined to protect everyone from extinction and breaks Axel out of prison.

Devastated to be on the run from her former friends and colleagues, she must now work together with Axel before the killers close in on them. But time is running out, and falling for Axel only heightens the dangers. To survive, Luna must find strength in her arcane powers and confront the cursed creatures whose malevolence knows no bounds. Failure isn't an option. Not when it means losing her family, her job, and her life.

Don't miss this thrilling, fast-paced, conflict-ridden urban fantasy from T.F. Walsh. If you enjoyed works by Ilona Andrews and Kelly Meding, Binding Curse is for you.

BINDING CURSE is a standalone contribution to the Charmed Legacy Dark Fae Hollows collection. Stories can be read in any order.

 
 Binding Curse by T.F. Walsh Dark Fae Hollows, #4

Binding Curse (Dark Fae Hollow, #4)The place, post- apocalyptic Moscow, where one murder causes two deaths and now the body count is rising and it must be stopped. Fae militia officer, Luna Vale will find herself on the run for her life and the lives of those around her when she discovers evidence that could save lives, too bad her superiors are corrupt, or is there a deadly answer to their strange behavior? One prisoner may hold the key to helping her save the world, but can she trust the fierce and handsome Axel? He could be the lesser of two evils and her guts says to go with it. Little did she know her heart and even her body would soon follow, even as they race against time and death, because with the Binding, no one knows where their time is up until their secret binding partner falls dead…and then it is too late.

Prophecy has it a young queen must awaken to save her people, but dark powers will do anything to stop that from happening, it may be time for Luna to call on her own magic and trust in the unknown. Three cheers for teamwork as Axel and Luna decide it is them against the world and no matter what, they must have each other’s backs.

Travel the dark alleys, through the underbelly of Moscow life in a desperate race against total annihilation of the world, fae and human. Let T.F. Walsh pull you out of reality and into a world of magic, danger and non-stop action in BINDING CURSE with powerful characters, deadly twists and a shaky belief in magic and a queen no one has ever seen. This one is another in the five-star column for an author who never fails to deliver!

I received an ARC edition from T.F. Walsh in exchange for my honest review.

First Words: Final Lesson by Shakyra Dunn

First Words: Final Lesson
by Shakyra Dunn
Publication Date: July 12, 2017
Publisher: Shakyra Dunn
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 85 pages
Available from: Amazon

 
A recently-crowned princess with a thirst for magic accidently destroys her home. A simple youthful rebellion grows into a lifelong friendship. A young woman meets reliable allies. And a young boy is dealt a harsh hand when he sets out to make his own path.

Four tales. Four parties. All intertwined to set the stage for a bigger event. The sense of adventure builds as lessons prepare to be learned.

  
First Words: Final Lesson by Shakyra Dunn

First Words: Final LessonShakyra Dunn has set the stage for some fascinating fantasy reading with FIRST WORDS: FINAL LESSON by brilliantly weaving four lives together with the events that will lead them to their destiny.

What a prequel! A young girl is made “princess” in a land who opposes magic, yet she is given a grimoire filled with lessons in just that. Encouraged by a mysterious stranger to try out her ability, she destroys her home, her people and in turn, destroys her mind. It is her older brother who takes her away to learn to control her powers, even as he prepares for his own magical journey in the world.

As a young prince in another land steals away in a childlike act of harmless rebellion, he befriends a young stranger in tears, a boy lost, yet with a fiery passion and loyalty that will build a bond between them.

These are just a few pieces of the puzzle that Shakyra Dunn has begun putting together for her readers, and it will whet the appetites of readers perfectly! Short, yet filled with vivid characters, all youthful and untried, I couldn’t help but think that we will be reading of their personal and magical coming of age as this series progresses! Colorful, emotionally charged and wonderfully written, even the dialogue felt like it was spoken by young adults! I am looking forward to more from this gem of an author!

I received this copy from Shakyra Dunn in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.

Cristin Harber's DELTA: REDEMPTION Excerpt Promo

We're just days away from the release of DELTA: REDEMPTION by Cristin Harber, but we couldn't wait to share a sneak peek! Check out an excerpt below and preorder your copy today!

 

ABOUT DELTA: REDEMPTION

"My name's Victoria--No last name. Don't ask."
That was all that the woman would share when Delta team's expert trigger man, an Australian named Ryder, pulled her from the pits of a human trafficking nightmare and took the gun from her hand.
He didn't mean to steal her revenge but survival was the priority. Now that Victoria's home? She had a past he was trying to understand while keeping a secret from her that might tear her apart.
But he's not the only one. When she goes missing, Delta team discovers that Victoria No Name was a one-woman vigilante force, taking on whoever crossed her path, from gun runners to a drug pushing motorcycle club.
She was exactly who Ryder thought she might be, and now he was coming in to help--whether she wanted backup or not.
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READ AN EXCERPT FROM DELTA: REDEMPTION

The tears came. She couldn’t stop them, and she hated the path they burned down her cheeks, hated that Ryder was witness to her unraveling, just like he’d been in Russia. He rested his hand on her back, not speaking, and he didn’t move to shush her. His palm simply rested there. “Ryder.” She fell against him, and he wrapped his arm around her. “Easy, love,” he whispered. “Take a breath.” “I can’t.” His chin touched the top of her head, and the arms that she knew could hug her like all hell did the job, wrapping her away from the world until the tears stopped. “Feel better?” Nodding, Victoria drew in a deep breath, wiping under her eyes. “Could you hand me a tissue?” He was already halfway off the bed as if reading her mind and handed her the box. Again, Victoria wiped her face. With another fresh tissue to cover her eyes, she could barely look at him. “This can’t be what you signed up for,” Victoria mumbled. “Sorry.” “Stop apologizing.” She balled the tissue up and hazarded a glance in his direction. “Why did you come here?” “I was worried about you.” Ryder tilted his head back to the bed. “Can I sit again?” Victoria’s eyes squeezed shut, but she nodded. “I don’t have to. Never mind.” She blinked and refocused on him. “What?” “I didn’t mean to invade your space.” Her head dropped. Ruined. He saw nothing but a ruined woman who was so fragile he misread what she meant with a simple look. “I didn’t—I wasn’t… I made a face. Or I didn’t mean to make a face.” She cringed. Such a mess! She couldn’t even get her words right. “I sound like an idiot!” “You don’t.” “I do. I’m not someone people worry about. Ever. I worry about people. That’s what I do. Did! I took care of people, and now look at me. I’m broken.” A sob caught in her throat. “I thought I was strong, and now, I’m this.” He came to her bedside, swooping next to her. “Victoria.” “Something happened to me. Over there.” She sucked a breath as she collapsed against the pillows. “And I can’t.” He put a careful hand on her forearm. “Listen to me.” He ducked down close. “I don’t know what’s the right or wrong thing to say now, so I’m just going to say this.” He came closer so their eyes met. His head was almost level with hers on another pillow, but he held her gaze and didn’t let go. “Please don’t tell me to get up,” she whispered. “To get back to my life.” “I wouldn’t dream of it.” Ryder shifted so his weight was semi-on the bed, but he didn’t break their stare. “We brought everyone home, and every girl said you were their savior, that you put yourself in front of guards for them, that you made sure they had food. If nightmares struck, you coaxed them back to sleep. You were their guardian angel in hell.” Her eyes burned again with tears, but she wouldn’t look away from his emerald ones. “Whoever you are, love, wherever you’re from, you take as long as you need to get back the strength it took to become you, and I will stay by your side to help you if that’s what it takes.” “Why?” Her voice broke along with a stray tear. “Because I admire warriors.”

ABOUT CRISTIN HARBER

Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

#Cover Reveal - André by Sybil Bartel


André
Sybil Bartel
(Uncompromising #3)
Publication date: October 16th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
André
The Marines trained me to set my sights and wait for the shot. For eight years, I guarded my brothers and defended my country. Now I protect my clients. My personal security firm is the best in the business because I leave nothing to chance… until a dark-haired, hazel-eyed spitfire crosses my path.
She and her sexy-as-hell striptease were supposed to be a one-night distraction. But too late I noticed the branding on her back and my blood ran cold. This woman wasn’t a distraction—she was a death sentence.
Knowing who she was left me no choice. I took her on as my client. But running from her past wasn’t an option.
The Marines didn’t train me to retreat. They taught me to engage.
One shot. One kill.
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Author Bio:
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.
Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
But Seriously?
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.
She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.
To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

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