Cover Reveal: Ripped by Katy Evans

Katy Evans fans REJOICE!!!!! The cover of Ripped, book #5 in the REAL series is here!!!

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What do you think?!!!!

SYNOPSIS:

Every woman wants me–except the one I sing for.

Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about Crack Bikini being in town.

But when you love a girl, you don’t leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise.

Any man with half a brain should know..

So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?

Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.

When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like

I’m a god–but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl’s not happy to see me.

Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that’s her — Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she’s out for my blood.

That’s alright.

Let her come at me. Because I’m out for her heart and, this time, there’s no way she can stop me.

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Katy Evans is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Real series.

To find more about her, look her up on her website, Twitter, or Facebook, she’d also love to hear from you!

Website: www.katyevans.net

Twitter: @authorkatyevans

FB: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKatyEvans

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Pink Shades of Words Anthology

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On Sale until May 31, 2014

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17 of Today’s Best Selling Authors in Young Adult, New Adult & Romance came together to support Breast Cancer Research.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated towards Fifty Shades of Pink

Avon Breast Cancer Team- Santa Barbara, CA.

FIFTY SHADES OF PINK team is made up of a group of girlfriends who raise funds annually to participate in the Avon 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk in Santa Barbara, CA.

For one weekend in September, we wake up before the crack of dawn and dress in as much Pink as humanly possible and prepare to walk for 39.9 miles.

We suffer and laugh through:
Blisters that are almost covering your entire foot and body parts you never realize you could get a blister on (ButtCrackGate 2013)
Passing out in the triage medical unit
Sleeping in a tent on the grass
Taking the best mobile showers EVER
Limping like old ladies
Cursing at the curbs to get onto the sidewalk (Walk 39 miles and you will be cursing at them too).

We do this all in the hopes that no other Mother, Sister, Aunt or Friend will have to deal with Breast Cancer.

 

If you would like to make a direct donation, you can visit our page: www.avonwalk.org/goto/50shadesofpink

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Direct email to team captain: glorya.hidalgo@gmail.com

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What PINK SHADES OF WORDS means to its authors…

Tess Oliver

My contribution to Pink Shades of Words, “A Bend in the Road”, is dedicated to my mom, Jutta Eva Walker, a true romantic who was never without a book on her lap or a smile on her face. She survived and escaped the horrors of Hitler’s Germany, but she couldn’t beat breast cancer. Let’s find a cure.

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Hilary Storm

This fundraiser is close to my heart. It meant a lot to me that I was asked and I didn’t hesitate at all to say yes. It’s great to be included in an anthology with a line up like it has!

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J.L. Berg

Cancer was a strong theme in my first novel, When You’re Ready and in September if last year, I set aside 20% of my net sales to donated to a cancer charity my readers chose. They almost unanimously picked the Breast Cancer Research Fund and with their help, I was able to make a difference. I wanted to continue that with Pink Shades of a Words. I’ve also been personally affected by the disease in many ways.

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C.D. Reiss

Anything a writer can do to help such a great cause, well…it’s kind of a no brainer!

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Shayne McClendon

It’s a cause I believe in helping with.

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Jade C. Jamison

I love doing anything I can for a good cause. This is not the first time I’ve been able, as an author, to help out a worthy cause, and it won’t be the last. Glorya asked and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

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Maggi Myers

I lost my mother-in-law to breast cancer in 2010, so being a part of this anthology meant honoring her battle and her legacy. We miss her every day.

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Julie Richman

I am the mother of a cancer survivor. I am the friend of numerous Breast Cancer survivors. With funding, medical institutions worldwide are making great strides. It’s my pleasure to do whatever I can to ensure funds are raised for those who can make a difference.

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Gretchen de la O

I participated in Pink Shades of Words because I have friends and family who have been affected by this insidious disease. If sharing my words and stories helped raise some money and pushed mankind closer to a cure, then I’d do it over again and again. It is time to eradicate this crappy disease from the face of this earth!

I don’t know if I ever told Glorya Hidalgo, thank you. If it wasn’t for her selflessness, love, and huge heart, I may never would have had a chance to be a part of something greater than my life experiences. She made this possible and to that, I am eternally grateful to be involved with Pink Shades of Words.

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Dani Hart

Honestly, I will contribute endlessly to any meaningful charity. I feel strongly that if you are in a position to help others you should.

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As an author, I feel it is essential for me to give back to my community. As a woman, breast cancer is a real threat, so anything that I can do to help fund research is so critical.

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CJ Roberts

As an author, I feel it is essential for me to give back to my community. As a woman, breast cancer is a real threat, so anything that I can do to help fund research is so critical.

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Jessica Sorensen

I chose to participate in Pink Shades of Words because it’s such a good cause that I really wanted to help with.

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JL Brooks

I contributed to honor my best friend Shana who was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer at 6 months pregnant. She has always been a champion in everything I do and the strongest woman I have ever met.

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Cover Reveal: The Devil’s Contract by Claire Contreras

We’re very excited to share the cover of The Devil’s Contract by Author Claire Contreras! 
Title: THE DEVIL’S CONTRACT
Author: Claire Contreras
Age group: Adult
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber


Synopsis:

He gave them a choice.

She took it.

He made her promise two years.

She should have known there was a catch.

Excerpt

As Amara stepped out of the car, a shiver ran through her. She felt eyes on her, and looked around quickly as she held on to Colin’s hand a little harder.

“You okay?” he asked, looking down. He placed one hand on the small of her back as he held her other one.

“Yeah…” she said slowly, still scanning the street.

The neighborhood his apartment building was in was definitely safe, but in that moment she felt anything but.

“You’re overworking yourself. I don’t understand why you won’t let me—“ Colin went on about that, as he usually did, but Amara was too distracted to argue with him.

Her eyes wandered to the building beside them, where she saw a group of people in dress clothes getting into a limousine, and that’s when she saw him. Philip. Amara’s heart lurched to her throat so quickly, she thought she was going to faint. She saw him around all the time, and he was always watching, always waiting. Amara always wondered when the day would come, but Philip never gave anything away. He just watched.

Philip was dressed in a tuxedo, standing beside a woman in a red dress. They were looking at Amara, scrutinizing her as they exchanged words. Philip had a glass cup in his hand, which he raised as if to salute her.

Amara felt her knees giving out beneath her.

“Sweetheart, you’re scaring me,” Colin said. He stopped walking and faced her, holding both of her arms. Amara was still looking in Philip’s direction, and Colin’s eyes followed. He gave Philip a small wave, he’d met him a couple of times in parties and saw him around the neighborhood often.

“Is everything all right?” Colin asked, his voice full of concern.
Amara nodded, looking into Philip’s icy blue eyes. “Yeah, everything’s fine,” she whispered. “Just fine.”

About the Author:
Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Miami, Fl, where she currently resides with her husband, two boys, and two American Bulldogs. 

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.

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Review: Reasonable Doubt by Whitney G

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Synopsis:
My cock has an appetite.

A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar…(Although, that’s a story for another day.)

As a high profile lawyer, I don’t have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online.

My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats.

This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less.

At least it was , until “Alyssa”…

She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades.

But then she came into my firm for an interview–a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed…

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Let me start of saying Whitney is indeed a G! Reasonable Doubt is so gangsta! I’m seeing a new formula where authors are dropping novellas to build up a series and I LOVE IT!!!! I’ve been seeing so much buzz about this book from my Facebook and IG Book Buddies, I had to jump on the bandwagon. Let me tell you, if you haven’t read this, DOWNLOAD NOW! It will be the best $.99 you’ve spent!

Andrew is HOT! His intensity and dirty mouth made my lady parts (yes, I said lady parts) tingle! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by his bluntness, he’s a lawyer, so he has no issues with saying the first thing that comes to mind. I love how he doesn’t make any exceptions to his rule. When he says “One dinner. One Night. No repeats” he means it! Don’t even talk to him after sex! He may come across a little cocky and sex crazed, guess what?!
HE IS!!!! However, there’s another layer to him that’s broken. I love how we’re teased with a little bit of his past to know there’s a story there. The author does a great job giving you the right amount of smut to get your rocks off, and just enough mystery to get you intrigued on where the story is going. I’m stalking Whitney’s Facebook page everyday for news of book 2! I. CAN’T. WAIT! The ending left me like

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It’s a little unconventional considering it’s a novella, like seriously you can finish this book in a few hours, I’m giving Reasonable Doubt:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Andrew has earned a spot on my Top 10 Book Boyfriend list!

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About the Author:
A self diagnosed candy addict, travel junkie, and hypochondriac, Whitney Gracia Williams LOVES to write about characters that make you laugh, cry, and want to (in the case of Selena Ross) reach through your Kindle and slap them.

She is the “imaginary bestselling” author of the Jilted Bride Series, Mid Life Love, Wasted Love, and Captain of My Soul.

When she’s not locked inside her room, feverishly typing away on her laptop, she can be found here:

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She also loves getting emails from her readers, so if you want to tell her how much you loved (or hated) her stories, email her at whitgracia@gmail.com

Review & Giveaway: Breaking Alexandria by K.A. Robinson

 

Synopsis:

 

Alexandria’s
drug-dealing boyfriend, Joel, isn’t exactly the white knight she’s always
dreamed of, but she can’t deny the crazy connection they have. She would do
anything for him, including helping him sell drugs in order to fit perfectly
into his world.

After catching Alexandria dealing for Joel, instead of turning her into the
cops, Alexandria’s mother forces her to move to her grandparents’ farm in West
Virginia. Spending the summer in the country, away from Joel, is the last thing
Alexandria wants to do. But lucky for her, the sexy farmhand, Landon, who helps
out around her grandparents’ place, is a very nice distraction. She tries her
best to ignore her attraction to him, especially since she still loves Joel.

When Joel does the unforgivable, Alexandria turns to her new friend, Landon,
for comfort, and it ignites an undeniable spark of attraction between them.
Soon, she finds herself caught between two very different men, and the
struggles within her heart just might end up breaking Alexandria.

 

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Review:

 

What a great book! Based off the synopsis, I thought I would be reading about a love triangle gone bad. I thought there would be crazy drama, where the main female character would go back and forth between her two lovers, not knowing what she wanted. I had my pimp hand ready to slap my Kindle!

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What I got instead was a story about a girl who loves two men very differently! This is a first for me, but I actually gained two book boyfriends! Joel is rough around the edges. He’s a drug dealer and doesn’t hide who he is. He loves Lexi fiercely, and wants what’s best for her. She’s younger than him, but I never got the impression that he forced her to do anything she didn’t want to do. With Joel, Lexi lives a carefree life, no rules! And Joel supports that! I really liked him, even though I knew his drug dealing was wrong, he was loving and caring with Lexi. When she makes comments about not caring about anything but him, and protecting him, he gives her a hard time. He doesn’t want her mixed up in his lifestyle. With Landon, Lexi learns how to take things easy. She learns that life is about more than partying. She lives the simple life with Landon, where she doesn’t get into fights, and she’s not so isolated. I liked Landon as well, he’s strong, loving and shows Lexi the meaning of true hard work. I felt like with Landon, Lexi was able to be more of her true self. She had changed so much of herself to be with Joel, and she realizes she doesn’t have to change to be with Landon. By loving both men, Lexi learns the meaning of love and how to let go of the past. She learns that letting go is the only way she can move forward!

A realistic, heartwarming story about love, forgiveness, and finding happiness, Breaking Alexandria is a phenomenal book!

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York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author of The Torn Series and The Ties
Series. She lives in a small town in West Virginia with her husband and toddler
son. When she isn’t writing, she is reading or listening to rock music.

 

“You’re mine, and I intend to keep it that way for
as long as you want me. I keep waiting for the day when you’ll wake up and
realize that you’re so much better than me.”

I shoved him down on the bed and climbed on top of him.
“Shut up. I’m not better than you. You’re fucking perfect, Joel. Perfect.”

-Joel & Lexi

 


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Torn Series:

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 Tainted:

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Interview with Phoenix Rayne

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I had a chance to interview FABtabulous author Phoenix Rayne about Wounded Love! Book 2 in the From Love to Loathe series, Wounded Love continues the story of Cricket and Jyme as they try to navigate through some pretty murky waters! It appears that Cricket and Jyme have it all together now. They have a house, serenity, and safety.
A normal life. But something always seems to take Cricket back to her past, sometimes, her future requires it.

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NWA GG: Hello Phoenix, thanks for agreeing to chat with me, I have so many questions, so let’s get to it shall we?
PR: Glad to be here! I’m excited to talk about Wounded Loveand what’s going on with Cricket and Jyme!

NWA GG: We’re introduced to a few new characters in Wounded Love! Chyna, Nan, Cinnamon (although she’s in Heels of Love, she’s more present throughout Wounded Love), tell us about them.

PR: Chyna is Cricket’s older sister. Cricket thought Chyna was dead but obviously she’s not. Chyna was Cricket’s rock for so long, and now it’s time for Cricket to return the favor.

Nan is Cricket’s motherly figure. Nan took Cricket and Chyna in when they were young but the girls seemed to still find their way down the destruction path. It’s obvious Nan adores Cricket and Chyna, and she will do anything for the both of them.

Cinnamon comes into her own in Wounded Love. She comes out of her shell so to speak. She’s fed up of being on the side lines and she wants some respect.

NWA GG: When writing a series, how do you know when to stop one book, and pick up the story for the next book?

PR: I just stop till I can’t write anymore. Now with Wounded Love I knew how the book was going to end before I wrote it. Book Three, Winter in Love was never going to happen. My friend Ro, made me write Book Three. She told me the story wasn’t finished. She told me to get out of my feelings about Wounded Love and finish the damn story! So I did and Winter in Love will be out this Fall.

NWA GG: Please thank Ro for me!!!

NWA GG: Which book was emotionally harder to write, Heels of Love or Wounded Love?

PR: Wounded Love but out of the series, it was Winter in Love, hands down! You guys will see why this fall.

NWA GG: I was emotional after Heels of Love, but Wounded Love gutted me. I can only imagine how I will be for Winter in Love.

NWA GG: You’re a contemporary romance writer, however, I saw some dark elements in Wounded Love (i.e., the shower scene), would you write something under the “dark” erotica genre?

PR: I know a lot of people are probably wondering why oh why was the scary shower scene in there? I promise I have a reason for this madness and you will see in Book Three. I could see myself writing a dark drama but then again I love butterflies and unicorns. I can’t stick with just one genre. I know I’m categorized as Contemporary Romance, but I think writing has no title because it falls between the lines of so many genres.

NWA GG: As a reader, of course I love HEA endings. The ending of Wounded Love was both happy and sad. Why was it important to you to end the story the way you did?

PR: Once you finish Book Two, the title of Book Three, Winter in Love tells it all. Cricket and Jyme aren’t the only one’s who has a voice in their love story.

NWA GG: Did you have to rewrite any characters or certain scenes because they were either too intense or not developed enough?

PR: YES…. I had to rewrite the shower scene like 5 times. It was too rough and intense at first believe it or not.

NWA GG: That scene was tough to read, I can’t imagine what the original scene was like!

NWA GG: Cricket and Jyme really push each other to their limits. Do you think a relationship could survive what they’ve been through?

PR: Yes I really do, if you can survive all of that, then hell, you are meant to be together forever!

NWA GG: What’s something readers should keep in mind while they’re reading Wounded Love?

PR: Sometimes love is too much!

NWA GG:What’s your fav scene from Wounded Love?

PR: The Epilogue.

NWA GG: Mine too! I always LOVE hearing from Jyme! Speaking of him, that leads into my next question…

NWA GG: I have to ask… can you give us a sneak peek into “Winter in Love?” Or Jyme’s POV book?

PR: Jyme’s POV starts with his relationship with his ex Elle and then it ends where Wounded Love ended. The books will clearly be Jyme’s thoughts of the situations.

Winter in Love is the story of Winter Babe Samson. Winter is a troubled teen who loathes her mother and doesn’t understand her father. Winter’s life is like a rollercoaster, it can be bumpy, but it’s worth the ride!

NWA GG: What book are you reading right now?

PR: I just finished Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvian Reynard. I have like 20 books I need to read.

NWA GG: Oh the Professor! Yummy!

NWA GG: Do you have any author events you’ll be attending?

PR: As a matter of fact I do. I will be attending two different events here in Nashville this summer. And I will be attending The Indie Mash up in Springdale, AR this summer. Although I am a published Author with a Publishing Powerhouse, Arkansas is my home state, and I gotta show some love. My events will be posted on my website Phoenixrayne.com

NWA GG: Awesome! I will be at Indie Mashup as well, I’m so excited! Thanks again for chatting with me! I will see you in July!

PR: No problem!

About Phoenix Rayne:
Phoenix Rayne was born in Federal Way Washington in a small community. Currently she resides in Nashville Tennessee where she is a student as well as a full time author… Phoenix is a published author that has several novels under her belt that she has penned with G-Street Chronicles. When not writing you can find her in a shoe store shopping or catching a good movie.

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Review: Wounded Love by Phoenix Rayne

Book: Wounded Love
Author: Phoenix Rayne
Series: From Love to Loathe, Book Two
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: G Street Chronicles
SYNOPSIS:
It appears that Cricket and Jyme have it all together now. They have a house, serenity, safety a normal life. But something always seems to take Cricket back to her past sometimes, her future requires it.
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Wounded Love picks up where Heels of Love left off! If you read Heels of Love, then you know the state of Cricket and Jyme’s relationship! If you haven’t read it

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I’ll go ahead and say I liked Wounded Love a little more than Heels of Love. You find out a lot more about Ms. Cricket, who’s past was a huge mystery. Well, her past comes back with a vengeance, leaving Jyme with no choice but to hang on for the ride he’s about to go on. This was a tough read, Cricket and Jyme endure some heartbreaking, raw, and gripping trials and tribulations.

Jyme and Cricket go through major transformations in this book. Gone are the characters I’d grown to love in Heels of Love, and in their place are two people who are so broken and hurt, they go to EXTREMES in the name of love! I didn’t know who to trust at one point! I’ve been obsessed with Jyme since book 1, and he GUTTED ME in this book!

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I thought I was scared of him in book 1, I was terrified of him in this book!!!! He became very unpredictable with his behavior to the point once again, like in Heels of Love, I thought he would physically hurt Cricket, and to some aspect, he did! He’s fallen in love with Cricket and has given her his entire self, even in his fragile state of being broken hearted by his ex. He knew that Cricket had a dark past, but he actually lives it with her and gets way more than he bargained for! Cricket may have tried to live a “normal life” with Jyme, but when she goes back to her old life, you find out the lengths she will go through for him! She realizes it’s no longer about what happens to her, but keeping Jyme safe is her main goal. Her devotion to him is so strong. Her survival instincts would make Jason Bourne jealous. She’s always one step ahead of anyone who is trying to keep her from her end goal…keeping those she loves safe.

Along with some new and a few old faces this story takes you on a journey of love, betrayal, and sacrifice. The story is very fast paced, a little too fast at times, and there are a few important tidbits that don’t add up. I found myself going back a few chapters to make sure I didn’t miss anything. But, this book held me in a trance with all the drama and action. There’s so much more at stake in this book than just Crikcet and Jyme, there’s a future they’ve created together that is worth fighting for! Phoenix Rayne said this series is a story about love, not a love story! And she’s set the stage for Jyme’s POV that will be released this summer, and the last installment in the From Love to Loathe series, Winter in Love that will be released this fall! I can’t give up on Cricket and Jyme just yet! I know there’s more in store and I can’t wait to see how their story ends!

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EXCERPT:
I woke to an alarm but it wasn’t my alarm. I sat up, looked around, and realized it was the hotel’s fire alarm going off. I jumped up, ran to Cinnamon’s room, and swung the door open. She was knocked out on her bed half dressed; I shook the shit out of her, and she started yelling. 
“What the hell is that noise?” 
I ran down to Sugar’s room, and she was butt naked and so was her company. I screamed at the both of them to get up. They both jumped up disoriented. I ran back to my room. I put my stilettos I’d had on earlier in my big purse and slid into my house shoes. I ran back down the hall, passing Sugar and her company. I ran back into Cinnamon’s room, and she was wide-awake at her safe in her closet getting money out. I had forgotten about my safe, so I ran back to my room. I put the code in and yanked the door open; I pulled out the small stack of money and reached in deeper. I got the plastic bag that was balled up in the corner and shoved everything in my purse. I reached deeper, found the last item in the safe, and slid it on my ring finger. I slammed the door and took off towards the living room. Cinnamon was waiting at the door; we clasped hands and ran for the stairs. The hotel was in an uproar. We made it down to the lobby, but it was so 
congested with customers trying to leave the casino. 
“Basement,” I yelled to Cinnamon. We took the employee stairs and ran down the long concrete hall. There were about a dozen people in front of us, but we finally made it through the door. When we got outside, the back lawn was crammed with people rushing towards the front of the building. Cinnamon and I still held on to each other’s hands. We made it to the front of the building, and everyone was frantic. I pulled out my cell phone to call Sugar, but someone pushed me so hard I dropped the phone. I let go of Cinnamon’s hand to retrieve my fallen phone. I found it and stood up straight; a man in all black with a white ski mask stood right in front of me. Before I could even prepare a good scream, someone covered my mouth with a wet bandana, and then I was out. I woke up to soft kisses all over my face, and then I stretched wide. I was sleeping well and I kept my eyes shut. Someone was happy to see me. I have had this dream so many times, and I enjoyed every single one of them. 
“Hi there,” I breathed. 
“Hi.” 
“Where’ve you been?” 
“Looking for you.” 
“I’ve been right here the whole time.” 
“What?” 
“You used to come and see me all the time, and then you stopped.” I told him. I kissed his neck and pulled him closer. 
“I’ve missed you so much.” 
“Cricket?” He said my name in an odd way. 
“What’s wrong? Do you have to go now? Please, Jyme, just stay a little longer.” 
“Cricket,” 
“Shh, just hold me real tight before you go.” There was a knock at the door, and I freaked. 
“NO…PLEASE…JYME, DON’T LET HIM HURT ME. HE HITS ME SO HARD. PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME PLEASE.” I screamed at the top of lungs through tears. Someone knocked again, louder this time. 
“Wait a minute,” Jyme yelling. I clung to him and wrapped my arms around him tighter. I cried into his chest, and my eyes started stinging. 
“Cricket, I’m right here, and I won’t let anybody hurt you, I swear.” 
“But he’s at the door, and he’ll beat it down. He’s done it before,” I said frantically. 
“Shh, Babe. Are you afraid of me?” he asked softly. 
“No.” I assured him. “Then open your eyes and look at me” I slowly opened my eyes and blinked several times through piercing pain. Then, I saw him, and I slid my fingers through his jet-black hair. 
“Oh it’s you!” 
“It’s me,” he chuckled 
“You know, you with hair; you’ve never come to see me.” 
“Cricket, you’re really here, and I’m really here with you. I’m not sure what you’re talking about right now. But I’m not going anywhere, and neither are you.” 
“Huh” I asked him. I couldn’t help it but I pinched myself. I felt the pain but I didn’t wake up. 
There was another knock at the door, and Jyme got up from the bed. I really saw him this time. His hair was loose and shoulder length. He wore jeans and a t-shirt, and his feet were bare. I looked around and recognized everything. We were in our room, and nothing had changed. The bedding was the same, and so was the furniture. I looked out the window, and there were the boats all in the water. 
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(From Love to Loathe, Book #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: G Street Chronicles


SYNOPSIS:
When Cricket Hooper moves to Seattle she only has a couple of goals—find a job and an apartment near her friend Chelle, and basically to live a quiet, normal life. However, it isn’t long before life becomes far from normal.

When a mysterious man helps get her car out of the mud after she makes a wrong turn, she finds herself in his thrall. He wines and dines her, quite literally, and before Cricket can stop it, things are steamy and serious…very serious.

Cricket is thrown aback when Jyme turns out to be more than a simple fisherman, but then she isn’t telling all of her story either.




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Phoenix Rayne


Phoenix Rayne was born in Federal Way Washington in a small community. Currently she resides in Nashville Tennessee where she is a student as well as a full time author… Phoenix is a published author that has several novels under her belt that she has penned with G-Street Chronicles. When not writing you can find her in a shoe store shopping or catching a good movie.

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The Doorman and City Solipsism by Zack Love

Happy Saturday!!!!! The master of the male POV is back with two new releases! Check outThe Doorman and City Solipsism by Zack Love!

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Alex seems to have it all: a great penthouse apartment, a lovely girlfriend, and a prestigious Wall Street job. But below the surface he is sure of nothing but his angst-ridden doubts. And when he realizes that his doorman may be God, or sent by God, he will question things like never before.

This novelette is a story of New York doormen, tormented love, empty office life, and the theological questions that arise in response to the horrors of evil.

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Have you ever been on a train, bus, metro/subway — or any other shared space with strangers — and started to wonder what that person right next to you is thinking? Did you ever start to think or hope that maybe your temporary neighbor was somehow sharing your thoughts and/or desires? Ever sensed some sort of romantic connection or sexual tension and wished you could get into the individual’s head, to know for sure?

“City Solipsism” will take you on a journey into the mind of one commuter on a New York City subway car, riding next to and thinking about a person standing awkwardly close…The man and woman are total strangers but their proximity is almost intimate, as their hands share the same metal subway pole…

NOTE: Readers seeking the over-top-hilarity of “Sex in the Title” should know that “City Solipsism” is written in a very different style. Rather than a comedic series of misadventures in New York, this short story takes more of a philosophical and psychological walk through the mind of one New Yorker observing and speculating about another.

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Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he tried to create a bachelor’s degree in Women. With the bachelor portion of that degree in hand, he settled in New York City but – to afford renting his bed-sized studio – found himself flirting mostly with a computer screen and stacks of documents. Determined not to die a corporate drone, Zack decided to sacrifice sleep for screenwriting, an active social life, and Internet startups offering temporary billion-dollar fantasies.

To feed his steady diet of NYC nightlife, he regularly crashed VIP parties in the early 2000s and twice bumped into his burgeoning crush, a Hollywood starlet. But – much to Zack’s surprise – neither of those awkward conversations led to marriage with the A-list actress. Zack eventually consoled himself by imagining fiascoes far worse than those involving his celebrity crush. In the process, he dreamed up a motley gang of five men inspired by some of his college friends and quirky work colleagues. And thus was born Sex in the Title. But the novel is not autobiographical: Zack never had his third leg attacked by any mammal (nor by any plant, for that matter). In fact, keeping his member safe has been one of Zack’s lifelong goals – and one of the few that he’s managed to accomplish.

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THE DOORMAN

During my first year at 777 Fifth Avenue, I came to realize that Lenny had never made a false prediction or failed to supply the correct answer to a question, no matter what the subject. He wasn’t just a handyman who could fix a twitching toilet or stubborn sink; he could look at his watch while taking you down in the elevator and accurately estimate the number of minutes before a downpour would start or a cab would show up outside. He could tell you the corner where the scent of fresh lox and bagels mixed just right with the scent of the neighboring Laundromat; he knew the best place to buy your curtains or cut your hair or get your suits dry-cleaned; and he knew every phone number you needed, like the yellow pages on two short legs. He was a pipe-smoking almanac, energetically rattling off any fact about the world. “Bhutan’s current population? Let me see,” he would say, looking up for a moment before launching into his usual light-speed speech, “2,047,453. But seven more were just born yesterday, so it’s at 2,047,460 now.” Of course, I couldn’t verify such a preposterously precise claim, but he was always right about everything else, so I was inclined to believe him. He could tend to any wound or malady, as though he had perfectly mastered the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, and his advice always seemed more effective than any doctor recommendation I obtained. And despite the swiftness of his incessant chatter, there wasn’t a word he uttered without gentle passion and infectious enthusiasm. And so he would engage you in some topic you never imagined could interest you for more than a polite minute – the history of vacuum cleaners, or the different flavors of ice cream in China, or the intricate ways of the delicate blue ball turning third in line from the sun. The elevator ride would be over but you’d still be listening until someone else called the elevator or Lenny jokingly reminded you that you had originally entered the elevator with a look of great purpose. Mercifully enough, Lenny always kept it brief in the mornings, knowing that I had to be at work by 8:30 a.m.

At one point, I began to think that I had a divine doorman. Lenny was the most unlikely incarnation of God I could imagine, and yet I kept drifting irresistibly towards this absurd conclusion. Despite my staunchly atheistic inclinations, I couldn’t explain Lenny any other way. But eventually I came to my senses and realized that he was just one of those game show freaks with an encyclopedic memory. That didn’t make him God, did it? Would God proclaim so regularly how much he likes Patsy’s Pizza?

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The pages of my calendar flip by faster each year as the bewildering march of time presses forward through alarm clock blues, dinners at the office, and “free time” planned away – in the same way – month after month. As I stand on the same subway platform, waiting for the same local train, I think to myself how youth is marked by a breathtaking novelty that diminishes with each year of age – until life becomes a delusive struggle to break routines, escape the ordinary, and rediscover the joy of discovery.

“What does it take now – as a ‘grown-up’- to make a month memorable?” I wonder. “How do you make treading the treadmill feel like trailblazing a trail? What would make this morning any more remarkable than any other morning?”

And then I notice someone who doesn’t look quite so beleaguered by it all. She’s a woman in her early-twenties with features that hail from either Italy or Spain – I can’t be sure because it’s been about six years since I played my guitar for coins across Europe (and even then, I wasn’t great at differentiating Italians from Spaniards).

Summer sticks to her skirt sumptuously, in the shiny gray fabric hanging loosely from her curves. Her chestnut eyes, apparently hidden from strangers; her simple but graceful face, unpainted by Madison Avenue; and her straight black hair, parted down the middle without ego, all suggest a minimalist – almost pastoral – beauty that is oddly discordant with her fashionable attire, comfortable indifference to the crowds, and quasi-attentive perusal of the Time magazine unfolded over her hand.

I don’t know her name and I’m sure that I’ve never seen her before, but there is something familiar about her. She seems to have this schizophrenically interested or curious look that reminds me of the female shoppers I once observed in a busy Florentine marketplace. The young Italian women in that spice-filled outdoor market, buying their extra virgin olive oil and red ripe tomatoes, seemed flirtatious in their enjoyment of the young men eyeing them, yet guardedly guilt-ridden about any deviations from a properly Catholic day of shopping. And here in our subway car, the way in which this bucolic belle’s eyes occasionally seem undecided between the text of her magazine and the people standing around her makes me wonder how those Florentine shoppers would look if their daily routine were transformed from an outdoor Tuscan shopping spree to an indoor New York subway ride. Would they all look at the magazines in their hands more or less than this woman two feet away from me does?

At the risk of fetishizing an unsuspecting subway rider, I’m going to call her “Florence.” The name of that city evokes in me so many magical memories that I’ll call her “Florence” even though the vestiges of my origin-detection skills insist that her roots might actually be Spanish. Calling her “Madrid” just wouldn’t sound as good, and admitting my uncertainty by calling her “Southern Europe” would sound even worse. So she’ll be Florence for now.

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Review & Giveaway: True North: Finding Home by Allie Juliette Mousseau

Series: True North Book #1
Author: Allie Juliette Mousseau
Genre: New Adult Romance (18+ – Contains explicit sex)
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Summary from Goodreads: “When you’re lost… True North”

The North brothers were hell on wheels-adrenaline-junky bad boys. You’d think they had a death wish – every one of them – but they didn’t really, they just got off on the thrill of pushing every limit, that gravity or any other force told them they couldn’t conquer. What they weren’t prepared for were the women that would steal their hearts…

Livie Morrisey is dreading seeing Jake after his heroic homecoming from Afghanistan. She’s been in love with Jake North since she was a little girl, but he’s three-and-a-half years older than her and her big brother’s best friend. She was always nothing but the off-limits little sister – until the night before Jake left for the Army, when he’d given her her first kiss. They’d kept in touch for a year, but once Jake was deployed to Afghanistan, he’d cut off contact suddenly and she’d never heard from him again.

For the past three years Livie has kept herself distracted with homework and her university studies, but now Jake’s going to be up close and personal. And Livie can’t decide if tonight’s finally the night to prove to Jake she’s all grown up or the night she should let him go forever.


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JAKE, JAKE JAKE!!!!!!!! End review! No seriously, I really enjoyed True North! For me it was more than a love story, it was about helping someone find their way out of the dark, and bringing to light a dirty little secret! Livie is a true example of a girl who is down for her man! She’s loved Jake since she was young and to finally get a chance to be with him is like a dream come true. She’s persistent, strong, an determined! There’s quite an age difference between her and Jake and the fact that he’s her big brother’s best friend adds an additional layer of difficulty. When Jake leaves for the Military, Livie is crushed but Jake does something that gives her hope of a future for them. Fast forward a few years and Livie has not heard from Jake! But of course she’s still in love with him! I love the fact that she’s willing to put her feelings for Jake on display the minute she sees him. It’s now or never in her mind! Again, she’s loved him FOREVER, and she doesn’t want to play games, she just wants to be with Jake!

Now Jake on the other hand, what a hottie!!!!! Swoon alert ladies, be ready to melt! Jake has loved Livie as long as she’s loved him, but he’s kept his feelings under wrap. He’s sweet, protective, and wants to make a name for himself outside of the fame the “North” last time brings him in his hometown. He’s not a hot head or a bad boy! He knows since he’s leaving for the Military, he may never see Livie again. When he returns home, he’s a shell and not the same Jake that left all those years ago. He’s seen some horrible things while away and has brought some ghosts home with him that he can’t shake. He wants Livie, but he’s afraid he may hurt her. In true male fashion he pushes Livie away! Remember what I said about Livie being determined? Of course she gets her man, but getting together is just half of what’s in store for Jake and Livie! Jake is keeping a painful secret that will bust open old ghosts and hurtful memories he’s been keeping for a long time. Livie helps Jake through this time, because it’s life or death for Jake, and since they’ve finally gotten together, Jake and Livie have no intentions of letting each other go! These two are a true team, and I really loved that! Their story brought to light a very sensitive topic that many men and women in the Military experience. There’s help, there’s hope, and there are people who love them that will help them through the dark!

A touching story about love conquering all fears, pain, and hurt,True North was a excellent read!

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About the Author

Allie Juliette Mousseau writes sexy, emotionally charged New Adult Romance in a variety of genres and temperatures.
She writes from passionate and angsty; fun and light to intense and epic. She incorporates a lot of romance, tension, and hot and sexy spice. Always a HEA and stand alone – even in a series.

Her alter-ego:
Alana Jewel Mousseau creates captivating YA worlds through the magic of ink. She writes brave but “human” main characters, imaginative plots and complex worlds; from High Octane action to exploring the deepest emotions – you won’t want to put down your book!

She can always be found writing, playing in puddles with her children, hiking with her husband, or adventuring somewhere in the world. Her favorite place to write is outdoors, but when the weather gets too chilly she’ll be inside at her desk looking at the mountain view from her home office in Montana where she lives with her loving husband, children, and 85 pound golden retriever, who likes to sleep on her feet while she writes.


With a free spirit, Allie loves to travel and has spent three years sparking her imagination while travelling the U.S. and Canada in an RV with her family. She looks forward in continuing her journey to see the world, while finishing her degree in Literature

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Books by Allie:
True North: Finding Home, Livie and Jake – NA Contemporary
Enemy Lines – A Sci-fi Adult Novella
Without Borders – a sexy Contemporary short story

Books by Alana:
The Scars Saga – A Young Adult Sci-fi trilogy; paranormal romance series:
Scars of the Bifrost Bk 1
Unlocking Brisingamen Bk 2 – Coming Soon!
Ragnarok Bk 3 – Coming Soon!

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On Deck and In the Cue

March has been a busy month of reading! I’ve had the chance to review some amazing books that I want to briefly share. I have reviews posted for these!