Passing the Torch Book Review

PASSING THE TORCH

by L.L. Sanders

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Deep in the Arizona desert live a girl and her dad, burying secrets–and bodies.

Mesa Kingston’s first memory of burying a corpse was at eight years old. Back then it had been the carcass of a large lizard her dad found that they buried in the backyard of their isolated cottage. At age fourteen, the body of a young lady accompanied the reptile’s remains, and ever since, an accumulation of female bodies began to grow. Now, the only way Mesa can stop the haunting screams of the dead is by drowning them out with flames. Or is there more to the blaze than even she can perceive?

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Good girls do anything for their fathers, including rob, cheat, and kill, and I always considered myself a good girl. The time I first came to that conclusion will stay with me forever. Years later, here I am, still fulfilling my daughterly duty.

After wiping the sweat from my palm onto my jeans, I press the bulbous tip of the match against the strike strip on the side of the small carton. My hands shake worse than Grandma’s had when trying to slice her ninety-first birthday cake just a few hours ago, but I manage to run the match across it anyway. The flame comes alive at my fingertips, dancing merrily at the prospect of latching on to something and disintegrating it into smoldering embers. Although the light breeze causes the flame to flicker at the end of the matchstick, I’m aware of the control I have over it. I watch the glow change shape through a veil of tears and with that the decision was absolute.

The flame will get to perform its destructive duty.

I flick the match toward the pile of wooden planks that used to be the porch. Instantly the fire catches the fumes of the pooled liquid and expands so quickly a wall of gasoline-scented hot air rushes me before the blaze travels deeper into the house. I back away to a safe distance as the straw-like grass crunches beneath my feet. Nearing the homemade fence, which is nothing more than a double row of chicken wire, I hear the screams from the distance, cries of agony that meld with my memory like two spreading pools of melted wax. I can’t stop the waterworks. I don’t even make an attempt.

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I haven’t been a fan of reviewing short stories, but I am certainly thrilled (no pun intended, truly) that I chose to review Passing the Torch by L.L. Sanders.

I love psychological thrillers and have since a very young age and I can say with a great amount of certainty that Ms. Sanders is a master at her craft if this story is any indication of her abilities.

I don’t wish to steal the thunder of this incredible short story, but I promise you will be surprised from beginning to end.

I highly recommend Passing the Torch by L.L. Sanders and give it five steaming, hot cups of Room With Books coffee!

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About the Author

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The L.L. stands for Leslie Lee. I write erotic romance and post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction under Leslie Lee Sanders.

But horror and thriller fiction is what I grew up on, what inspires me, and what began my pursuit to authorship. I’ve written many short scary stories since the 6th grade. Now they’re much more mature in general, thanks to the wide range of emotion and experience I’ve encountered over the years.

I’m a huge fan of horror and psychological thrillers in every fashion, including movies, books, art, campfire tales, etc. Some of my favorite stories are those that twist at the end or are ambiguous with deep societal or morality themes. This includes dystopias like Hugh Howey’s Wool, psychological thrillers like Shutter Island, and popular and classic horror/romances like V.C. Andrews’s Flowers in the Attic, my favorite.

All my ideas start with a twist, which is exactly how most of my stories end.

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WEBSITE: http://llsanders.com/

 

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The Exiled Jeweler Book Tour

The Exiled Jeweler

by Susie Warren

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BookCover_TheExiledJewelerEmilia Berceto’s beauty captures the attention of a well-known Italian billionaire, Alex Armanti, when she attends a gala at his mansion in Los Angeles. Images secretly captured of her partially nude are released to the tabloids and her overly protective family sends her far away.

Four years later, Emilia continues to live a secluded life designing custom jewelry for the wealthy. Her family needs her to return home to California when their jewelry empire is near bankruptcy. When she returns, she must face the man who caused her downfall and is threatening to reveal her secret if she is to save her family’s jewelry empire.

 

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Alex watched as she carelessly shrugged her shoulders. “Emilia, there was plenty to discuss. I could have sued the tabloids for publishing a photograph taken at my house.”

Her eyes widened. “Your name wasn’t even mentioned in the story.”

He noticed her defiance. Her spine was rigid and her eyes were full of outrage, reminding him she would make the same decision again given the opportunity.

“If you had acknowledged a connection to me, then the media would have come to your rescue. But instead you chose to run as if you were guilty of a crime.”

“It would have been better to admit that I undressed in public for a man that I had just met?”

“Cara, we could have spun the story however we wanted. For all people knew, we had known each other for years.”

“That would have been a lie.”

The way her mind worked surprised him. She had no idea how to deal with unwanted speculation or attention from the media. She assumed that keeping a distance would protect her when she should be actively cultivating the image she wanted to present to the world.

“We had met before at your parents’ house.”

“You barely noticed me.”

He had been captivated by her. The way she gracefully moved throughout the room, her soft laughter and how she engaged with everyone around her.

“You were just finishing college and I was about to turn thirty. Your parents were obviously protective so I didn’t flirt with you. But we both felt the chemistry that sparked between us.”

Why was he explaining himself? It was not something he typically did.

“I don’t know what you want from me.”

He watched Emilia: she fluctuated between defiant and victimized so easily that he didn’t know where she stood. He didn’t understand her. Most women would have welcomed his involvement. Why did she want to push him away?

He needed to end the conversation, but somehow he let the words slip out, “You didn’t trust me to help you.”

She was beautiful. Her black dress closely skimmed her body, revealing gorgeous breasts, a flat stomach and perfectly shaped hips. He wanted to explore her curves but held himself in check. They needed to have this conversation so the past could be forgotten.

“I didn’t consider you in the process. You were not identified by the media and I thought it was best to try and contain the damage.”

He stepped toward her and noticed she retreated. “You should have stood up for yourself and fought back.”

“You weren’t the one humiliated and dealing with your family’s issues around negative publicity. My parents were mortified. Escape was a welcome relief at that point.”

Alex watched as color flooded back into her exquisite face. The mixture of her strong-willed defiance, coupled with her fragile exterior that cared about what others thought of her touched his inner core.

 

About the Author

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Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm.

Susie loves to hear from readers and responds to each email and Facebook post. Please reach out to her via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Susie-Warren/647556668647832 or Twitter @susiecwarren

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The Rosa Legacy Series

The first novel in The Rosa Legacy series, Ruthless Perfection, started with the idea of a traditional Italian mother who wanted her only daughter happily married. The mother, Carla Rosa Neri, along with her two sisters, Francesca and Marie, had emigrated from Italy as young girls and each went off to create a dynamic and successful family.

Each of the sisters had an only daughter and they made sure the girls spent time together. They attended the same boarding school in the northeast and visited each other’s homes in the summer.

Ruthless Perfection

Carla Rosa married into the Neri family with a long history in the Carrara marble industry. Her daughter, Isabel Neri, being a filmmaker and wanting to honor her grandfather’s legacy, approaches a reclusive billionaire, Marc Santoro, to ask permission to produce a documentary about the life of a quarry worker. Ruthless Perfection is the story of how they fall in love.

The Exiled Jeweler

Francesca Rosa married into the Berceto family with a long history in the jewelry making business. The Second novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Exiled Jeweler, is about her daughter, Emelia, who went into seclusion after a scandal tore the family apart. Emelia is a talented jewelry designer who lived a sheltered life and was drawn into a passionate encounter with her family’s rival, Alexander Armati at a gala. Outside in the garden, photographs were taken on them and sold to the tabloid press. Her family was shocked and embarrassed and sent Emelia off to Florida. Four years later, she returns when her grandfather has a heart attack and her parents are deciding to sell the family business.

The Convenient Wedding

Marie Rosa married into the prominent Montgomery family, with a successful background in politics. Her only daughter, Lucia, is fascinated by politics and becomes a campaign aide. The opportunity to work on a senate campaign in Connecticut draws her into the middle of a scandal. Anderson Adams is a dark horse in the senate race yet convinces Lucia to play along with a strategy to save his campaign. The third novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Convenient Wedding, is the story about how they reconcile their public image with their private life. The Convenient Wedding will be available in February 2015.

 

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Susie will be awarding a Vintage Books Smartphone Case to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. This plastic hard case features a nostalgic photo of book spines of popular books. It’s scratch resistant – made from polycarbonate used for motorcycle helmets. Full colour, high quality image is printed all over the case, available for iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, and Samsung Galaxy S3.

An Out of Print Poe-ka Dots iPhone Case will be awarded to a randomly drawn host. It fits iPhone 5 and 5S (or similar case depending on phone). A smart design combines a face of Edgar Allan Poe with a fashionable polka dots pattern. On the inside there is a quote “Calleth the Raven, “Nevermore.” The snap-on, hard shell case is a part of Out of Print collection with iconic book covers. (US ONLY)

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Love is Everything Book Blast

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Author is giving away FOUR prizes. Two winners will received a signed copy of Love Is Everything and two winners will receive an Amazon gift card ($10 value) ENTER CONTEST BELOW.

Book Title: Love Is Everything

Author: Elsie Hillman-Gordon

Genre: Fiction, Inspirational, Christian, Romance
Book Release Date: May 30, 2014
Paperback: 106 pages
ISBN-10: 1496112458
ISBN-13: 978-1496112453

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Award-winning author Elsie Hillman-Gordon published her first fiction novella, Love Is Everything, in May 2014. Her book received the Gold/1st Place award for *Best Short Story* in the 2015 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program.

Elsie lives in Washington, DC with her husband. She holds a BA in English and executive graduate certificates in editorial practices and marketing. She has worked for several media organizations, including NPR. In her free time, she stays busy supporting community outreach projects sponsored through her sorority, church, and non-profit organizations.

Elsie’s passion is creative writing, but she also enjoys live theater, movies, reading, and long walks on autumn days. She believes in random acts of kindness and encouraging people to reach for their dreams.

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Do you like to read inspirational fiction? Do you believe that people who have loved and lost can find true love again, that a hurting heart can heal, and that God’s love will see you through difficult times? If so, you’ll enjoy reading Love Is Everything.

It’s the story of thirty-five year old Vanessa Dennison—a woman struggling to find joy in life and doubting her faith in God after losing her parents in a tragic accident. But after reluctantly accepting a blind date with Elliott Reeves, a handsome widower with a strong faith and young daughter, she embraces anew her relationship with God and the power of love.

Sweet and emotional, this tale of rediscovering love, faith, and hope is sure to touch your heart. It’s a must read for anyone who’s ever loved and lost, especially those still reluctant to take a chance on love.

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Kindling Flames: Stolen Fire Book Blitz

Kindling Flames: Stolen Fire

The Ancient Fire Series #4

by Julie Wetzel

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Published:  March 3rd, 2015

Publisher:  Crimson Tree Publishing

Genre:  NA Urban Paranormal Romance

Content Warning:  Violence, adult language

Recommended Age:  18+

 

About the Book

Stolen-Fire

Night. A time of quiet, of peace, of rest, and now, a time of terror.

With an uncontrolled vampire plaguing the city, the Vampire Council of Brenton once again calls on Darien Ritter for help.

Overwhelmed with the issues of a new menagerie and plans for his wedding, Darien still manages to step up and answer the call. The only problem is, he suddenly finds himself a little too… human.

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Kindling Flames: Stolen Fire

by Julie Wetzel

“We are at your call, Master.” A male voice rang out across the room, drawing everyone’s attention.

Darien turned in his chair to see Josh coming through the doorway. His brother was only a step behind.

“I don’t have full control over my powers at the moment.” Darien stood up as he addressed the new vampires. “What I ask of you could be dangerous.”

“We know,” Josh answered as he leaned his hip against the railing that divided the room. “We were wondering when you were going to bring this problem to us.”

“Yes.” Jakob continued down the steps towards Darien. “A few of us have felt the subtle shift in power.” He stopped to look Darien over. “How much of your power do you have left?”

Darien tensed at the question. “Practically none,” he admitted. If he wanted help, he was going to have to be up front and honest with these people.

An evil glint flickered in Jakob’s eyes as he stepped around the end of the couch.

Darien turned to face him.

“So, I could bleed you out, and there’d be nothing you could do about it?” A hint of fangs slipped past Jakob’s lip as he spoke. The cocky smile vanished from his face as Elliot’s hand closed around his neck.

Vicky blinked in surprise. She hadn’t even seen him move.

Darien smiled at him. “Yes,” he admitted. “You could bleed me dry right now, and there would be nothing I could do about it.” He looked pointedly at Elliot’s hand, pressed into Jakob’s throat. “If you managed to survive the night, my death would leave you tied to this inexperienced rogue. And, if he isn’t stopped, the Council will hunt him. They now know he has my powers, and Clara will stop at nothing to destroy him, leaving this kiss masterless.” Reaching out, Darien drew Elliot’s hand away from the stunned vampire. “Who do you think will take you in, then?”

Understanding flickered in Jakob’s eyes. Hurting Darien would be a death sentence for all of them. “Forgive me, My Master.” Jakob dropped to a knee in front of Darien. He raised his hand to his heart and bowed his head.

Darien reached out and touched him on the shoulder. “Remember this.”

Jakob looked up as Darien spoke.

“Just because someone is down, doesn’t mean they don’t have unseen strength.”

 

About the Author

Julie-Wetzel

Originally from Ohio, Julie always dreamed of a job in science. Either shooting for the stars or delving into the mysteries of volcanoes. But, life never leads where you expect. In 2007, she moved to Mississippi to be with her significant other.

Now a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, what time she’s not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling is spent crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.

Julie Wetzel is the author of her debut novel Kindling Flames. Kindling Flames was released through Crimson Tree Publishing in 2014.

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The Elementalist Book Blitz

The Elementalist

The Ransomed Souls Series #2

By Melissa J. Cunningham

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Published:  March 3rd, 2015

Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing

Genre:  YA paranormal romance

Content Warning:  Violence and minor language

Recommended Age:  14+

 

About the Book

The-Elementalist

Deceased Alisa Callahan thinks nothing could be worse than watching the boy she loves move on in his life without her… until she is ripped from her less-than-peaceful existence in Elysium to be trapped… in someone’s else’s body.

Seventeen-year-old Claire Balister wants only one thing. To master the art of Elementalism. To accomplish this, she must learn to control a damned soul. Her old classmate and suicide victim, Alisa Callahan, is the perfect candidate. But when the spell goes wrong, Claire finds herself in the worst possible situation… sharing her body with an unwanted guest.

Everything swirls out of control when Alisa learns the terrifying truth about her entrapment. Her only hope rests with a boy who can’t remember her, his past, or more importantly, who he really is…

One of the bad guys.

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She cursed under her breath. It could only be one person, she chose to ignore him, but the banging continued. She glanced at the clock. Five minutes left. She had time to quickly tell Jamie to leave.

Claire hurried across the hall and into her room. Unlatching the window she let it swing open. “Jamie, I can’t talk right now.” She tried to shut the window, but he blocked her efforts with his arm.

“Wait. You don’t even know why I’m here.”

“It doesn’t matter. You have to go.” She pushed on the window harder, but instead of backing away like he would have in the past, Jamie climbed inside. He stood in her room as she stared him down, her jaw clenching.

“I don’t have time for this!” she yelled, and ran back into the bathroom, slamming the door behind her and locking it.

Three minutes were left on the timer.

“Are you okay?” Jamie asked from the other side of the door.

“Damn it, Jamie. I need you to go away!”

“Are you sick?”

“Argg!” She refused to explain. It was none of his business. Why wouldn’t he just leave? She could hear him on the other side, his feet shuffling.

“I’ll just wait in your room then. I want to tell you something important.”

“Just go home!” she yelled, counting down the seconds. Thirty, twenty-nine, twenty-eight…

“I saw that guy come over here. I saw him come into your house, Claire. I have a right to know why he’s here. I know he’s not here for your mom. I saw her leave.”

Claire gritted her teeth, refusing to be baited by his jealousy. He was watching her house now? She’d known he would be like this if they got too serious, and now she regretted their budding romance.

“After the other night, I have the right to know if you like him. I mean—”

“Oh my gosh, Jamie!” she screeched. “I don’t. Have. Time!” Fourteen, thirteen, twelve.

Jamie’s fist banged against the door in frustration, and Claire jumped, startled, her heart racing from more than just this intrusion and the timer flew from her fingers into the bathwater with Brecken. Face up, it continued to count down, even under the water. Five, four, three.

“Is he in there with you? Oh hell, Claire. Please tell me he’s not in there with you.” The defeat in Jamie’s voice was almost her undoing. She was already two seconds over the limit.

With shaking hands, she grabbed Brecken by his T-shirt and tried to pull him up, but he was much heavier than she’d anticipated, due either to dead weight or the water in his clothes, maybe both, and he fell back under the water causing waves to spill over the side of the tub and drench her shoes.

She screamed in fright, because the spell only protected him for exactly ten minutes.

“Claire? What’s going on? What happened? Water just came under the door!” Jamie pounded on the other side, his hammering like thunder in her ears, her complementing shrieks producing the perfect storm.

Grabbing Brecken behind the head, she sat him up in the tub, but he was slippery and hard to hold. His head lolled forward and water spilled from his mouth and nose. “Brecken! Wake up!” she screamed, trying to slap him to awareness, but the only thing her struggles did was make him slip out of her grasp and back under the water.

“Jamie!” she screeched. “Help me!”

The door burst open one second later.

 

About the Author

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Melissa J. Cunningham began writing five years ago when she decided, out of the blue, to enter a community writing contest and won first place. From that moment on she had a new love: Writing. Melissa is a member of the League of Utah Writers. Her past publication experience includes a recurring opinion column called Writing Reality, for her local newspaper: The Leader

Melissa’s first novel: Reluctant Guardian, was accepted for publication through Clean Teen Publishing in August 2013.

When Melissa is not writing you can find her spending time with her family and her horses, cats, dogs and chickens or reading. Melissa is also a local music teacher.

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Seduced by Darkness Release Day

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Seduced by Darkness

Seduced Saga, Book 5

by  Karpov Kinrade

 

 

Now available! The complete, 5-book Seduced Saga from USA Today bestselling author Karpov Kinrade: An epic paranormal romance of shifters, witches, secrets, lies, mystery, suspense, and dangerous love.

 

 

The fifth and final book in Karpov Kinrade’s bestselling Seduced Saga, Seduced by Darkness, is here!

Please note, these books must be read in order, and are dependent on each other. 

Seduced by Innocence (Book 1)

INNOCENCE-3DRose Wintersong will kill her first love–just as she’s killed others. That is the dark prophecy that has guided her path for years. So she stays hidden with her coven of witches, raised a recluse by her despotic mother, hiding herself, and her powers, from the world.

Until she meets Derek, the sexy martial arts instructor who teaches her more than self-defense.

Derek O’Conner was born into wealth and power as a Druid Shifter whose family protects the wellspring of magic that has made them who they are. But he doesn’t want that responsibility and is on the run from his own destiny when he meets Rose, a shy beauty who doesn’t know her own inner strength.

Neither of them realize they are from opposing families at war, or that their love could destroy everything.

Until it’s too late.

Forbidden passions. Deadly secrets. A love that will stand against it all.

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Seduced by Pain (Book 2)

There’s a fine line between pain and pleasure, and it’s so very easy to cross.

As Rose Wintersong awakens to her own sexual nature, the darkness growing inside her threatens to consume the man she loves. Each touch puts his very soul at risk. But she thinks she’s found a way to control it. Pain.

Derek O’Conner has always exercised control over his own powers, but being with Rose unleashes the beast within and challenges him to embrace his own wild magic. When they embark on a sexual path that leads them down a deadly road of pain and pleasure, Derek finds he is unable to stay away from the woman whose family has tried to destroy his.

But one night, one touch, could destroy them both and give Rose’s family what they need to end the O’Conner shifter line forever.

 >> Available exclusively on Amazon (and free through KindleUnlimited!) <<

Seduced by Power (Book 3)

Rose Wintersong thought she could control the dark power she was born with.

She was wrong.

Now, the man she loves is trapped in a hell dimension and she will risk everything to save him. But what awaits her in hell is more than she imagined, as deadly secrets from her past come forth to claim her.

Caught between love and duty, between the past and the future, Rose must find the strength to become something more. Her metamorphosis is the only way to save her lover and his clan of Druid Shifters–and the only way to stop an unbeatable new evil from being unleashed into the world.

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Seduced by Lies (Book 4)

Everyone has secrets. Some secrets are more deadly than others.

Rose Wintersong and her friends have gone through hell and back to protect those they love. Now that life in their lush forest safehouse has returned to normal, she thinks the worst is over.

She’s wrong.

A new evil is brewing in the darkness, something that threatens everyone she loves, including her new husband and his pack of shifters. When one of their best friends is nearly killed by a beast that hunts like a wolf, Rose and Derek embark on a journey to Rome to see his attacker avenged.

But secrets have a way of poisoning those we love the most. A truth Rose finds out the hard way.

 >> Available exclusively on Amazon (and free through KindleUnlimited!) <<

Seduced by Darkness (Book 5) 

Drake Davis has had and lost more para-powers than most people could ever dream of.

But that’s nothing compared to the changes he’s experiencing as a Nephilim–a being part human and part angel with a lust for blood.

He’ll do anything to protect his wife and child from whatever darkness is hunting them… but can he protect them from the new darkness growing within?

 >> Available exclusively on Amazon (and free through KindleUnlimited!) <<

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The Final Straight Blog Tour

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The Final Straight

by Charlotte Howard

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April Miller works for her best-friend, Max Knight on his livery and competition yard. Their friendship has withstood many turbulent times, and while April is deeply in love with Max, she is also aware of his womanising ways and has refused to succumb to his flirtatious charms. When her ex, AJ, suddenly comes back with a business proposal, April finds herself torn between the two men.

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Author Interview

Name: Charlotte Howard      

Age:  29 with experience.

Patricia: From whence do you hale?

Haha! Well, I grew up on the Nottingham/Lincoln border, but I live in Somerset. I’ve been here 12 years now and am still classed as an outsider!

Patricia: Please tell us about yourself.

I’m married with two human sproglings and numerous fur-babies. I spent my days running around after children, and my nights living in my deepest fantasies. Or studying for an English degree. Whichever has the closest deadline.

Patricia: Tell us your latest news?

The Final Straight has been released! It’s been a long time coming, as this was actually the first contemporary romance I wrote, but it kept being rejected so I kept editing and re-writing, and it’s finally been accepted and published!

Patricia: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I started off with poetry, short stories, and then wrote a crime / romance novella. I will admit, that it wasn’t until I read a certain trilogy that I realized contemporary / erotic romance was where I belonged.

Patricia: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I still don’t! I freelanced for a long time before settling on fiction, writing articles for websites and magazines, with the occasional advertisement thrown in to pay the rent, but even when it was a steady paying job, I didn’t consider myself to be a writer – I was a freelancer, who was getting paid to do what I love.

Patricia: What inspired you to write your first book?

**Technically** The Final Straight is my first book, because I wrote it before Seven Dirty Words. I grew up surrounded by horses, so they had to feature somewhere (they’re in The Final Straight, Seven Dirty Words and Four Letter Words).  I suppose I was inspired and influenced by the titles I was reading at the time – when I first started stepping away from crime fiction and heading more into romance.

Patricia: Do you have a specific writing style?

Hmm… Not sure, you’d have to ask my editor! I suppose every writer has a certain ‘voice’. I know that at my local writers’ group, if you tossed all of our short stories into the middle and picked out a random one to read, you would still know exactly who wrote it. I’m just not sure what my style is.

Patricia: How did you come up with the title?

It took a very long time. The Final Straight has had several titles – April’s Baby and A Month of April being two that stuck for a while. In the end we (my editor, publisher and I) decided it had to have a hint of horsiness in it. I came up with The Final Straight (a racing term) because that’s how it feels towards the end of the book – April is racing down a metaphorical final straight, deciding between her past and her future.

Patricia: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Sometimes what you need and want is right in front of you.

Patricia: How much of the book is realistic?

I think it could be realistic in the right circumstances, I’m sure there is an element of April’s life that most will be able to relate to – the bad ex, the best-friend zone, mixing business and pleasure…

Patricia: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I suppose a bit of both, with a lot of fantasy and what-ifs thrown in. There was a time when I REALLY REALLY fancied someone I worked with, but he was a good friend and we had a good work dynamic – I didn’t want to ruin that, so I didn’t pursue it. He ended up dating my flat mate for a while (another girl we worked with) and it hurt. A lot. There are times when I think “what if?”

Patricia: What books have most influenced your life most?

I am a big Tami Hoag fan, and although she writes crime fiction, some of the scenes do get steamy, and it was reading those books that made me realize it’s okay to write sex into a story, even if it’s not in the romance genre.

Patricia: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I’m not sure. Probably Lucy Felthouse. I met her at the Romance Festival in 2013, and since then she’s been my editor for three books. She’s also the one who encouraged me to write One Night in Edinburgh, which I wouldn’t have considered if she hadn’t pushed.

Patricia: What book are you reading now?

At the moment I’m reading Grace Marshall’s Identity Crisis – Part Two of the Executive Decision trilogy.

Patricia: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

To be honest, I’ve been so selfish recently – trying to get the next novel finished – that I haven’t spent much time looking! I’m sure I’ve probably read some books by new authors and just not realized how new they are. Sorry!!

Patricia: What are your current projects?

I’m writing another standalone novel at the moment, although after editing it might end up being a novella, and then I’m going to concentrate on the trilogy idea I have. Saying that, I have two more standalone novels in my head and I’ll probably end up writing them first.

Patricia: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Yeovil Creative Writers. They are an amazing group of people and an eclectic bunch. We have actresses, teachers, students, and even a prison officer who are all inspiring and encouraging.

Patricia: Do you see writing as a career?

I’d like to, but I think I need to sell a few more books first!

Patricia: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I might have ramped up the sex scenes and made it more erotica than contemporary, but I’m happy with how it is.

Patricia: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My grandma. She used to write short stories and plays, and when I was 10 I wrote a poem that she read out to her group. Four years later she sent it off to a competition, and it got published in an anthology.

Patricia: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

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“You up there?” she called. The thud of footsteps grew louder as she made her way up the stairs. It wasn’t long before she was in the doorway, hands on hips, surrounded by a halo of curls the same colour as her temper.

The dog had followed and was panting by her leg. April batted her away, and Max rolled his eyes at the anger and frustration that exuded from her every pore, turning his back on her and dropping the towel.

“What the hell, Max?” she exclaimed, but it wasn’t because of his nudity. She’d seen him naked more times than any other woman.

He stepped into a pair of tight boxer shorts and turned around, preparing himself for the grief he been hoping to avoid. “What have I done now?” he asked, walking towards the wardrobe and pulling out a pair of dark, shredded jeans.

“What’s the point? Do you even remember her name?”

He didn’t answer. She wasn’t expecting him to; she never did. Fastening the button on his waistband, he went to the chest of drawers and took out a clean T-shirt.

“Well, I’ll tell you what her name was,” April said, walking into the room. “Mellie Banks. Ring a bell?”

Max shrugged.

“It should,” she snapped. “Her father has three horses on this yard, or did until he turned up this morning and took them off.”

He moved behind her and started to massage at the knot of tension that had built at the base of her neck.

“Don’t try to appease me, Max,” she said, but he could tell that her anger was waning. He continued to press into her muscles, letting his thumbs make small circles either side of her spine. Bending his head to the curve of her shoulder, he placed his forehead on the sleeve of her polo T-shirt and took a deep breath, inhaling the dusty scent of straw and shavings.

“I’m sorry,” he murmured into her back.

She shrugged out of his touch and turned to face him. “You’re hopeless,” she sighed. The corners of her lips flickered into the smallest of smiles.

“We could just hide in bed all day,” he said, taking her hands and tugging her forwards. “Forget about Mellie Banks. Forget about the yard…”

“And who’s going to pay my bills when this place falls on its arse?”

The edge of the mattress connected with his knees and he fell backwards, pulling her with him. “You know I’ll always take care of you.”

She landed on top of him, inches away from his face. He lifted a hand and tucked a stray red curl behind her ear. With a frustrated groan, she rolled off of him and lay on her side.

“As much as I would like to be the next notch on your bedpost, we have a business to run.” She shoved herself up.

He watched as she straightened her clothes and ran her fingers through her hair.

“Anyway,” she said, glancing over her shoulder. “I’m not your type. I have a brain.” She flashed him a smile before bending down to pick up the towel and tossing it in his direction.

“Ouch.” He feigned a hurt expression before getting up to follow her. Bracken panted around his ankles.

“I’ll make you a coffee, and then if you need me I’ll be saving your business.”

Patricia: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Editing. I hate it. It’s so depressing when a Beta reader comes back and says “It’s good but…” It’s usually a gaping plot hole I need to fill in.

Patricia: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I don’t have a favourite author, but as I said earlier, I am a big Tami Hoag fan. I love the way she is able to keep the reader hooked right from page one to the end. I find it very difficult to put her books down.

Patricia: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I have been to Bedford and Scarborough for events, but that’s it. I’d like to do a world book signing one day, but I’m not quite on the best sellers list yet!

Patricia: Who designed the covers?

Cora Graphics – http://www.coragraphics.it/.  Cora is amazingly talented! She did my cover for One Night in Edinburgh as well.

Patricia: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Trying not to get too attached to my characters. I really didn’t want to end my relationship with Max.

Patricia: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

That characters never behave. I’d start off with a firm plot in mind, knowing exactly how I wanted it to go and where it would end up, and they all decided to do their own thing and take me in a completely different direction.

Patricia: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing, join your local writers’ group, and grow a thick skin. You’ll need it. Criticism isn’t easy to take, and you will upset someone at some point and get a negative review. You need to let that roll off your back.

Patricia: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Buy my books? Haha! Only that I hope they enjoy reading The Final Straight as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Patricia: Do you remember the first book you read?

It was probably a Roald Dahl one. I was obsessed with Roald Dahl when I was younger!

Patricia: What makes you laugh/cry?

My children make me laugh all the time. Especially my 6 year old son who has been a werewolf for about three years now… Cry? Everything. I’m the worst person for bursting into tears at the slightest thing. Especially TV programms – Bones is the main culprit. Before it even starts, my husband hands me a box of tissues!

Patricia: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?

I’d love to meet Alex O’Loughlin of Hawaii Five-O. Just so I can stroke his arms… Pervvy I know.

Patricia: What do you want written on your head stone and why?

Here lies Charlotte, aged 102. The good die young.

It says everything about me.

Patricia: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Apart from reading? I don’t suppose tea-drinking counts… I enjoy watching films and shoe-shopping.

Patricia: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Too many to list. Haha! Bones, Grimm, Castle, Hawaii Five-O, NCIS: Los Angeles, Sherlock, Elementary… The list really is endless. My husband hates our Sky planner.

Patricia: Favorite foods/Colors/Music

Curry without a doubt. Purple, black and turquoise. And I listen to rock – anything from Guns n Roses to Papa Roach. At the same time I’m a huge Will Smith fan, so a bit of hip hop every now and then.

Patricia: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I was training to be a veterinary nurse before I met my husband, but if I could go back to being 18, I would go to uni and become an English teacher.

Patricia: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

www.charlottehowardauthor.co.uk

http://choward2614.wordpress.com

 

About the Author

Charlotte lives in Somerset with her husband, two children, and growing menagerie of pets and can always be found with a cup of tea in her hand. When she’s not writing or running around after small people and animals, she loves to eat curry and watch action films.

Charlotte is an active (and vocal) member of the Yeovil Creative Writers.

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A Love Called Simon Release Blitz

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A Love Called Simon

by Sandi Lynn

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No more men.
No more rich men.

That was what I vowed when I left New York and moved to Seattle until I met Simon Young, CEO of Young International, one of the largest luxury hotel chains in the world. He desired me and I let him. I was fully aware of his love for women and his hatred for relationship but I decided to play his game. I had a void that needed to be fulfilled and Simon Young was the man who could do it. Entering into a physical relationship only was the plan. No strings and no emotions allowed. But plans are made to be changed and rules are meant to be broken. We grew closer and I was falling in love, but Simon had a secret. A secret that would destroy everything. He was about to lose me and I was willing to walk away.

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Sandi Lynn is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who spends her days writing. She has a severe coffee addiction and can usually be found hanging out at the local Starbucks with her laptop, sipping lattes, and writing novels.

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Danger Deceptions Devotion:

The Firsts

by Lorhainne Eckhart

Genre: Romance/Mystery-Thriller/Women’s Fiction
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Release Date: March 17, 2015

 

 

This very special box set edition contains all of the first books from each of my series: The Outsiders, The Friessens, The Wilde Brothers, Walk the Right Road and The Saved Series.

The One:  You never know when you’ll suddenly meet the one.

 

The Forgotten Child:  How do you tell a man there is something wrong with his child?

 



The Deadline:  Andy Friessen has packed up everything and moved his family two states away to Montana to protect his wife, Laura, his newborn babies, and his stepson, Gabriel, from the threats of his mother.  What Andy doesn’t know is that they’ll soon face a new threat, one he never saw coming.

Saved:  Growing up I had dreams that one day I’d fall in love, get married and start a family.  Then one night I was taken.  But I survived, I escaped and I was saved.  Eric didn’t see me as damaged.  He didn’t see my baby as a monster.  He protected me, he kept me safe…he saved me.

 

The Choice:  One woman.  Two men.  And a choice that will kill her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart’s books have been described as Longmire meets old-school Dallas, and she recently received the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Award for Romantic Suspense for her title Lost and Found. With over thirty titles under her belt, she is frequently a Top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres, such as romance, westerns, and mystery/suspense, including such series as The Outsider, Walk the Right Road, The Wilde Brothers, The Saved, and her most recent addition, The Friessens: A New Beginning.

Lorhainne lives on sunny Salt Spring Island with her family, where she is working on her next novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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His to Take Release Blitz

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His to Take

Wicked Lovers, Book 9

by Shayla Black

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Racing against time, NSA Agent Joaquin Muñoz is searching for a little girl who vanished twenty years ago with a dangerous secret. Since Bailey Benson fits the profile, Joaquin abducts the beauty and whisks her to the safety of Club Dominion—before anyone can silence her for good.

At first, Bailey is terrified, but when her captor demands information about her past, she’s stunned. Are her horrific visions actually distant memories that imperil all she holds dear? Confined with Joaquin in a place that echoes with moans and breathes passion, he proves himself a fierce protector, as well as a sensual Master who’s slowly crawling deeper in her head…and heart. But giving in to him might be the most delicious danger of all.

Because Bailey soon learns that her past isn’t the only mystery. Joaquin has a secret of his own—a burning vengeance in his soul. The exposed truth leaves her vulnerable and wondering how much about the man she loves is a lie, how much more is at risk than her heart. And if she can trust him to protect her long enough to learn the truth.

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You know what they say about curiosity and the cat…but if you still want to know, read below.

Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances produced via traditional, small press, independent, and audio publishing. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

Shayla’s books have been translated in about a dozen languages. She has also received or been nominated for The Passionate Plume, The Holt Medallion, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. RT Bookclub has twice nominated her for Best Erotic Romance of the year, as well as awarded her several Top Picks, and a KISS Hero Award.

A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every new book.

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