Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Interview with Krysten Lindsay Hager, COMPETING WITH THE STAR


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Competing with the Star is about a high school girl named Hadley who just starting dating this amazingly sweet guy named Nick—he’s thoughtful and caring and spends time with his grandpa in a nursing home. He’s her first love and her best friend, but then she finds out he used to have a crush on her friend, Simone, who happens to be a former TV star. That wouldn’t be so bad if Simone and Nick didn’t kiss after school. Both of them swear the other one made the first move and now Hadley has to determine who is telling the truth and who she can trust. The book can be read as a standalone, but there is also a previous book called Next Door to a Star where we see how Hadley moves to her current town and meets everyone. But you can read this book first if you’re more into romances.

Do you have a favorite character?
I love how the star, Simone Hendrickson, is the girl the others want to be like, but for as much as she has going for her, she is the most insecure one of the group. Hadley, the main character, is a favorite because of the way she is just finding herself and dealing with her insecurities and Pilar’s transformation from mean girl to loyal friend is amazing. But I have to say Nick Jenkins, Hadley’s boyfriend is probably my favorite because he is such a thoughtful guy whether he’s out with Hadley or going to the nursing home to spend time with his grandfather. He and Hadley spend time with his grandpa and it just shows what a sweet guy he is—the perfect boyfriend.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
When I was writing Competing with the Star, all of a sudden the mean girl character, Pilar Ito, showed a different side to her. You saw what was behind her defensive nature and why she came across the way she did. She went from a mean girl who went along with whatever the most popular girls told her to do to becoming Hadley’s friend who truly had her back. I loved the character transformation (Pilar is so different in Next Door with a Star) and I get a lot of messages from readers saying that she became they’re favorite character.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
Ashley Byland from Redbird Designs was the artist. She sent me photos of the model that was on the cover for next Door to a Star and I got to pick the picture I liked the best. I wanted a beach scene and a pier in the backdrop to show that the book is set in a beach town (Grand Haven, Michigan.)

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I listen to music before I start to write and certain songs really inspire some scenes. Clark Manson’s “Track 9” song was on repeat when I was writing. I don’t put music on as I write though. I almost always write late at night. I used to only write at my desk, but I recently moved and I’m having issues writing fiction in my office. I have no clue why, but I’ve been taking my laptop into the living room to get inspired. I’ve never written like that before, but it’s working for me!

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I tend to let the story and characters take me where they want to go. I did both an independent study and a creative writing class with author Thomas Foster who wrote, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, and he told me to let my characters tell me what they wanted to do instead of directing them. Great advice.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
Instagram is one of my favorite sites to share photos and interact with readers. https://www.instagram.com/krystenlindsay/
I also love blogging and putting stuff up about my books on my website. I think every writer needs to invest in a website and not just a blog: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I love reading and learning new things—I’m really into watching documentaries and when I take an interest in someone like a writer, artist, or actor, I want to learn everything about them. Sometimes some of the little facts I pick up end up as story inspirations. Right now I’m also passionate about bringing awareness to Lewy Body Parkinson’s with dementia, which is the disease Nick’s grandfather has in the book. It’s based on my own experience having a family member with it and it’s not very well known so I want to help bring some light to it so other people won’t feel as alone as my family did.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
Definitely chocolate. I actually prefer to talk over texting because there’s always that weirdness over who stops texting first. Plus people seem to assume you’re available to answer a text 24/7, but with the phone you can just not pick up if you’re busy and no one gets upset.

What’s next for you?
I’m working on another YA book called, Dating the It Guy, as well as more YA projects, a new adult book, and I’m also working on the fourth book in my Landry’s True Colors Series.

Competing with the Star
Krysten Lindsay Hager
(The Star Series, #2)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: March 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult


Hadley Daniels’s life seems perfect…
Before the beginning of sophomore year of high school, Hadley and her family move to a beautiful beach town, where she makes amazing new friends and lands the boyfriend of her dreams-Nick Jenkins. He’s the kind of guy every girl swoons over, and it isn’t long until Hadley discovers some are still swooning.
A famous ex-girlfriend makes matters more complicated…
After some time dating, Hadley and Nick form a deep bond. But insecurity sets in when Hadley discovers her boyfriend once had a huge crush on her friend-who just happens to be the beautiful former teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson.
The past is the past-or so they say…
Hadley confronts Nick, who confesses about his history with Simone. Though he claims to only have eyes for Hadley now, it’s hard to believe-especially when she’s blindsided with the news that Nick and Simone kissed after school.
Now Hadley must determine who is telling the truth. Love, betrayal, friendship…who needs soap opera drama when you’re busy competing with a star?



Author Bio:
Krysten Lindsay Hager is a book addict who has worked as a journalist and humor essayist. She is the author of the LANDRY’s TRUE COLORS SERIES and the STAR SERIES. TRUE COLORS was her debut novel and the first book in the LANDRY’S TRUE COLORS series. BEST FRIENDS…FOREVER? (Book 2) was #1 in Amazon’s hot new releases in teen & young adult values and virtues fiction and #1 in Amazon’s hot new release in children’s books on values. Landry in Like (Book 3) was #3 in Amazon’s Hot New Releases for Girls & Women. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times, and on the talk show Living Dayton. Check out her YA novel, NEXT DOOR TO A STAR (book 1 in the STAR SERIES) and COMPETING WITH THE STAR: Book 2 in the STAR SERIES.
You can follow her at: http://www.krystenlindsay.com




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Monday, August 22, 2016

#Excerpt: UNCHAINED MELODY by Cynthia Roberts


Unchained Melody
Cynthia Roberts
(Love Song Standards #1)
Publication date: January 28th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years.
Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to happily ever after.




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EXCERPT:
Her next move was brazen as she stood on tippy toes and entwined her arms about his neck. She drew his head down to touch her lips to his, and he did not resist.
His hands roamed up the small of her back, following the seductive outline of her waistline, leaving a blazoned trail of sensations in their quake.
Her insides quivered as his mouth warmly opened and his tongue worked its way insider her mouth.
He took her face between his hands and aroused her with long, ravishing kisses, bringing to life a passion that had been dormant for far too long.
The cold Winter night did not chill her wrapped in the warmth of his embrace. Even the silvery moon that glowed overhead cast a radiance over the newly fallen snow and the couple.
She hungered for more than just kisses and knew that he could carry her to heights of ecstasy she never experienced before. She knew by the way he kissed and worked his magic over her that he was a man expert in loving a woman.
Pamela forced herself to sever their tie. As much as she wanted him in her bed, she could not rush into anything she would be sorry for later.
“You sure know how to kiss a woman, Gavin Templeton,” she exhaled as she fumbled in her purse for her keys.
“The pleasure is all mine,” he rasped.
He lifted her chin with the tip of his finger and looked at her warmly.
“I’d love to see you again, that is, if you feel the same”
“I would love nothing more. I’m starting back to work on Monday and going to take it slow at first. My schedule needs to be reworked and I have to prepare for a major case I’m committed to.”
Pamela looked away shyly for a brief moment and gathered Gavin’s hands in her own, drawing them to her breast.
“Law has been my life 24/7. I would love a reason to change that. I’m a little mystified by the way fate has brought us together. I also don’t want to rush things between us. I hope you don’t mind.” Her eyes pleaded for his understanding. “There’s so much I don’t know about you, and you me.”
Gavin grasped her by her shoulders and kneaded them softly.
“I’m not a love them and leave them kind of guy. I’m attracted to you and not because you saved my life. I was drawn to you the moment I laid eyes on you. I’m fine with slow. I can be very patient when I have to.”
Pamela’s eyebrow quirked playfully.
“Well,” he interjected, joking. “To some degree.”
She laughed and he drew her into his arms. When she tilted her head back to gaze into his eyes, he captured her lips once again and she moaned softly with pleasure.
He broke the kiss and smiled knowingly at the sound she made.
“Slow, hah?”
She jabbed his rib playfully and replied, “You keep kissing me like that, and that could change.”






Author Bio:
Please feel free to visit my website http://www.romanceauthorcynthiaroberts.com to read some wonderfully touching reviews and the direct links to them all.

My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn't until much later in life I actually took up the pen to write and my first historical romance, Wind Warrior was born. I don't fit into one specific genre. When the ideas start to flow, lord only knows what category they'll fit into **wink wink **

I wish I could have gotten to this point in my career much sooner rather than later but, life simply got in the way far too many times. Because of those multiple detours, however, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer and can draw upon those painful moments in my past when I need to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel.

It is my hope my readers walk away with not just an entertaining read but the importance in knowing, "Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities."








Friday, August 19, 2016

#Review: FIRST POSITION by Melissa Brayden



  4 of 5 stars

Have you ever worked your entire life to achieve something only to have it taken away in an instant? Anastasia Mikhelson, a principal dancer with the prestigious City Ballet, is beyond fuming with newcomer, Natalie Federico, a free spirit,  is hired to share a lead role in a new ballet. Natalie had trained with the City Ballet school when she was younger, but quit when she realized that she was not suited to the rigid technique and form needed to become a prima ballerina. Now cast together, these two must learn to meld their styles--Ana's precise technique with Natatlie's passion--and dance like they've never danced before.

From the first day, sparks fly and not in a good way. Ana cannot believe that Natalie threw away a chance to train with City Ballet and yet, here she was being cast as a principal dancer. Life wasn't fair and Ana wants nothing to do with Natalie. I found both characters to be believable and could immerse myself in their world. Ms. Brayden does an excellent job of letting the reader in to each girl's head. While each girl begins to have an effect on each other, I could feel their pain, anguish and triumph. I've loved stories about the world of ballet and "First Position" is a wonderful peek inside this world. No spoilers here--read the book and find out what happens when opposites are thrown together and sparks fly. Recommended.

I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

#Excerpt: MR. CORPORATE by J A Huss


Mr. Corporate
J.A. Huss
(Mister #3)
Publication date: August 17th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Weston Conrad is the best headhunter in the business. That handsome smile goes a long way towards convincing most people to trust him with their future.
I’m not most people. I’m his direct competition. And it doesn’t hurt to be just the kind of woman he’s been looking for.
I’m gonna flash you these legs, Weston Conrad.
I’m gonna wear low-cut shirts and micro-mini skirts.
I’m gonna dazzle you with wit and conversation and kiss those lips like they’re exactly what I’ve been waiting for.
So don’t hate me when you figure out my secret.
You understand, right? You’re Mr. Corporate and this is just business.

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EXCERPT
Weston takes off his tie and begins unbuttoning his shirt. My eyes open a little wider. I watch every move. The way his fingers flip each button loose. The way his tanned and muscular chest flashes me as the shirt comes apart. That stupid Corporate grin on his face.
I sigh with frustration just as he takes the whole thing off and starts going for his belt.
Will Weston Conrad strip naked to swim?
Oh, yeah. You bet your ass he will. I called him Naked Man back when we were together. He has a thing for it.
“Come on, Tori. Let’s swim. You don’t need a suit. I’ve seen your goods.”
“First of all,” I say, crossing my arms and maintaining eye contact as the pants come down, “I’m not ‘goods.’ Second of all, I’m not giving you the pleasure of seeing me naked after you’ve been such an asshole.”
“When was I an asshole?”
He’s kidding, right? “All the time.”
“I’m just truthful, Victoria. You just can’t handle the truth.”
“I’m tired of fighting—” But I stop talking. Because yeah, he still looks amazing in those black boxer briefs he’s partial to.
“Did you miss him?” West asks.
“Who?” I say, forcing myself to look up at his face.
“Naked Man?”
I almost laugh, but catch myself just in time. “Weston—” But before I can get anything else out, he’s crossing the floor, I’m backing up, my hands are up, warning him to stay away, and I bump into the couch and fall back.
He stops in front of me, his goddamned bulge staring me in the face.
At least he’s not hard.
Ooops. Spoke too soon.
“Weston, stop it.”
“Come on,” he says, extending his hand. “We’re going to the beach.”
“I’m not getting naked with you.”
“I don’t need you naked. Your fucking skirt is so short you could wade in up to your thighs.” He shakes his hand at me, urging. “Come on.”
I close my eyes so I can stop staring at the bulge, stop imagining his hard cock and all the ways I’ve been intimate with it in the past, and take his hand, letting him pull me to my feet. His arm slips around my back and he pulls me into his chest. God, I can feel his fucking dick against my hips.
“Victoria,” he says in my ear. “You’ve missed me,” he says, switching to the other one.
I wait for what comes next. It’s a thing he always did with me when I was on the verge of something. Panic, or sadness, or whatever comes with all the things we went through.
He would stand behind me, both hands squeezing my shoulders. His mouth would go to work on my earlobe, and my neck, and my mouth. Then his fingers would dip down into my bra to squeeze my breasts and pinch my nipples.
We’d always have sex after that. Always. It drove me crazy.
But before I can say anything—No, we’re not doing that, or, Back off, mister, I’m not yours—he backs away and he’s heading for the door, tugging me along.
I sigh, missing his attention so much in that unused moment.

COMING UP NEXT – MR. MYSTERIOUS!

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Author Bio:
JA Huss is the USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.
You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her blog, New Adult Addiction (www.jahuss.com).
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

#Excerpt: THIS IS ME by C E Wilson


This is Me
C.E. Wilson
Publication date: August 11th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

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Rogan is a robot. More specifically, he is an Asist – a personalized humanoid servant that provides protection, assistance, and companionship for a lonely young woman living on her own in the city.

Chloe is trying to get her big break, singing at bars and clubs all over the city at night while she pays the bills as a substitute teacher during the day. Ever since she activated him many months ago, Rogan has been her beautiful, dependable, obedient, dead-eyed security blanket.
One morning she is shocked when he disobeys a direct command in an attempt to please her and his dull artificial eyes flash a hint of something new. Is this the result of the adaptive Asist servility programming or is Rogan actually thinking? Can a robot think? Can a robot feel?

As Chloe struggles with these thoughts she is blindsided by the singular Niven Adams, a handsome, confident man with the voice of an angel who is everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. He’s the perfect guy for her, except for one problem. Niven doesn’t approve of Asists and takes an immediate dislike to Rogan. As Niven charms his way deeper and deeper into Chloe’s heart, Rogan tries to convince her that he is more than a mass-produced disposable servant.

With Rogan doing everything in his power to prove that his thoughts and feelings are real and Niven trying to persuade her to abandon her robot and have a normal human relationship, Chloe is trapped between the two things that mean the most to her. Does she embrace her relationship with the blond newcomer, or face that her Asist’s feelings may be more than features of his programming?

What really makes a person a person?
Is it a ticking muscle inside their chest, or is it something more?

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Author Bio:
C.E. Wilson is 32 years old, grew up in Millersville, Pennsylvania, and has been living in Pittsburgh since 2009. For the first few years living in Pittsburgh, she was an English teacher. Her first book, "Oath of Servitude," was published in 2012. In 2013, she quit teaching to be a full time author and hasn't looked back since. She loves spending time with her daughter and husband.


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Monday, August 15, 2016

Book Tour Blast: STING by Sandra Brown


Sting
Sandra Brown
Published by: Grand Central
Publication date: August 16th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

When Shaw Kinnard encounters the incongruously elegant Jordie Bennet in a seen-better-days bayou bar, it’s not love at first sight. He’s there to kill her. Instead, he abducts her, eager to get hold of the $30 Million her brother has pocketed from his badly bent boss. Now they are on the run from said boss—and the FBI.


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Author Bio:
Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE(2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), & HELLO, DARKNESS (2003).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program “PM Magazine.”

In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown recently was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.







#Excerpt: SONAR THE SURGE by B. Truly


* * * Symone * * *

Chaos spun around me and my heart hammered inside my chest. There were too many hostages to count. Several were scurrying out of the hole Bryan had made with his blue fire.

We had to get the refugees to the ships that were waiting above the surface. Polars were coming out of the woodwork. It was getting difficult to keep the Kadanans who didn’t know how to fight out of harm’s way. Nile was yelling, trying to direct the hostages to continue out of the opening. At the same time, he was shooting his laser. Glancing to my side, I saw Bryan and Shi getting ambushed. Cessar ran over to help them. I was about to, when a young Kadanan girl slammed into me. Her chest was heaving. She couldn’t have been more than fifteen. Her gray eyes were full of fear.

“What’s your name?” I shouted over the noise.

“Kira.”

“I need you to be brave, Kira. That hole up ahead leads outside where we have help waiting. I want you to run with the group and not look back.”

“What about you?”

“I will be right behind you.”

She hesitated, then took off. I fully intended to make sure she made it out, but trouble was on my heels. A female shot her laser. I took a nose dive. I stayed on the pavement and quickly rolled toward her, knocking her feet from under her. I sprang up before she did. Her brown eyes glowed with fury. Before she could even think of her next move, I blasted her. She laid limp.

Someone from behind kicked my laser from my grasp and clocked me in the head. I went down on one knee, but I caught his foot before he hooved me in the ribs. I got to my feet and plowed one of my super kicks into his spine. He grabbed for the laser in his holster. My foot connected with the gun and sent it spiraling across the room.

A loud bang caught my attention. To my left, Nile was getting triple-teamed.

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BLURB:
Eclipsed by darkness, the Romelands must face the ultimate quest. If they are forced toward the umbra peak, they will be completely obscured.

Symone struggles with her most challenging battles … the conflict within herself. Losing loved ones steals part of her soul. Despair has created a gaping hole where her heart should be. Symone doesn’t even recognize herself. She has to determine if this is the person she’s turned into, or if it is who she has always been.

Nile is an attractive aristocrat whose charm and arrogance drives Symone insane. Beyond Symone’s control, Nile is spun into her life. But she’s not sure if she can have a relationship with him or where that could lead her. Embracing love could make her whole again, but it may also destroy her. Symone must travel through the opaque light in order to find where her destiny lies.

Symone’s family, Shiray and Syira, continue to fight in the feuds of their galaxy. Together they have to find the balance between compassion and sacrifice. Kadanans are being held captive, and they hold the fate of their world in their hands. They have only begun to understand the consequences of the devastating realities of war.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend, is the philosophy the Romelands now abide by. With chaos and turmoil at every corner, they may forget what is worth fighting for. The surge for power has erupted. Only the strongest race will be left standing.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

B Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old and is grateful to have accomplished this dream. She has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She is addicted to romance and gets a thrill out of action and suspense. She writes New Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal-Romance.
    
In the Sonar series, B Truly said, “It was fun to explore different elements of Sci-fi romance and create various realms of powers for my characters. I want to show my readers that Sci-fi can be fun, but also traumatic. I hope you guys enjoy the Sonar Series.”

B Truly has three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Sugarland, Texas.



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Friday, August 12, 2016

#Excerpt: UNDER A MILLION STARS by Rita Branches


Under A Million Stars
Rita Branches
Publication date: August 8th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces?

Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.

Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.

Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. As he watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realizes that their relationship is more important than the truth he’s hiding.

Now it’s up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie’s broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from.

Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?
EXCERPT:
Jacob
These two weeks had been hell for me.
I didn’t know how I was going to pull this off for the eight months I still had left in this hell of a town. My parents didn’t get me, and she was around all the time, suffocating me. My heart skipped a beat every time I heard her voice, and it doubled in speed when she was near me. I wouldn’t be able to stay away, I knew it. She was breaking my heart all over again.
I heard her at night, when she thought everyone was sleeping. I just sat on the floor, resting my head against the wall, and listen to her cry and throw up every other night.
I stayed there like a jerk, as if I didn’t give a crap about her or her feelings, but I cried. I missed her. I wanted to hold her at night and tell her that everything would be alright, but I couldn’t. I promised I would stay away—I couldn’t hurt her, anymore. I pushed my knees to my chest to hold myself together and to keep me from crumbling. Sometimes, I had to place my closed fist against my mouth, so she wouldn’t hear me sob. I wished she would have, though. I wished she would have opened the door and saw me sitting there, caring about her, suffering like she did.
My mom was getting suspicious about me. She knew about her, or at least that something wasn’t right. My face, the permanent dark circles under my eyes, and my lack of appetite wasn’t normal, though. I was okay, before her parents’ accident—I had started to pull myself together.
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This night was especially bad. She stayed in the bathroom for hours. I had been on the other side, hearing her cry and wishing I could take it all away.
I was starting to get really scared for her. I left before my parents woke up, unable to face them and those disapproving looks, anymore, like I wasn’t doing anything right with my life. They wanted a perfect son and they didn’t have one.
I was in no condition to go to college—I couldn’t even imagine myself being closed behind four walls for another four or five years. I needed something to take my thoughts away—something that would fuel me with adrenaline. They wouldn’t approve of the plans I’d been making. They’d hate them, in fact, but I didn’t care, anymore, I just needed to get away.


Author Bio:
Rita Branches is an independent YA (young adult) author who enjoys spending every free moment (when she´s not reading) writing emotional stories. Visit: http://ritabranches.wordpress.com/


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

NEW #Romance Release, SALE .99: DARE TO LOVE A SPY by Debra Elizabeth


It's Release Day!
DARE TO LOVE A SPY will be on SALE for .99 for a few days before price goes up to $2.99. This book is Hannah's story who was first introduced in LOVE BY SECRETS. Find out if Hannah's finds her own Happily Ever After!

Blurb:
Miss Hannah Richardson is enjoying a Season in London. She's not looking for a husband, at least not this Season. She wants to enjoy herself before settling down to married life. All that changes, however, when she sees the Duke of Wetherby. He's tall, dark and impossibly handsome and someone Hannah wants to get to know better.

Camden Darkin, the Duke of Wetherby, is not fond of attending soirees, dinners or balls, but his latest mission for the Crown demands he mingle with the ton. He has vowed not to marry because of his dangerous work and the constant bevy of beauties anxious mothers throw into his path is not tempting him in the least. That is, until he meets Hannah Richardson, a young woman unlike any other he's ever met. Can he learn to love or will his hardened heart rob him of the very thing he needs the most?

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Excerpt:


“I’m told this is the loveliest rose garden in all of London.”
Mary tilted her head. “Then you’ve been told correctly.” Without looking in his direction, Mary followed Camden to the far corner of her gardens.
“What news do you have?” Camden asked. “You know I don’t like to meet during the day.”
Mary crept closer, until only a hair’s breadth separated them. “There are two new couples attending the Hunt dinner on Friday, Lord and Lady Knightly and Lord and Lady Sargent. I’ve heard that the Lord and Lady Knightly have recently returned from an extended trip abroad. From what I could gather, Lord Knightly enjoys country life, but his young, spirited wife wants to be in London for the Season. I’ve not heard anything about Lord and Lady Sargent.”
Camden stood still, absorbing the information, his large frame dwarfing Mary’s petite one. “We need to start somewhere in ferreting out the truth. It may have been a commoner who murdered Henry, but seeing as both couples were in London during the time of the murders, I’ll visit the Home Office and see what information can be gleaned about them. It may be coincidental, but it’s a start and perhaps a tidbit of information has been acquired already to guide the investigation.”
In an uncharacteristic show of emotion, Mary grasped his hand and held his gaze. “Camden, do be careful. This old heart would not survive if anything should befall you.”
Camden leaned down and kissed her cheek. “My dear Lady Tisbury, I would never want to cause you any undue suffering, so I give you my solemn promise that I will be careful. I shall see you on Friday,” he said, melting into the background and slipping out the hidden gate in the back of the gardens.
“I’ll hold you to that promise,” Mary whispered.
“Aunt Mary, where are you?” came a young woman’s voice on the wind.
Mary hurried along the path to a patch of white roses in the opposite corner of the gardens. “Hannah, dear, I’m in the white garden.”
Hannah came into view, and Mary took a moment to study her niece. She was becoming more poised and beautiful every day, although a bit of her wild streak still remained. Mary loved her even more for it, but she’d never tell Hannah’s parents that. John Richardson, Mary’s brother and Hannah’s father, was a stickler for decorum. To him, Hannah was a handful. To Mary, Hannah was perfect. Her dark hair was gathered into a bun at the nape of her neck, and her brown eyes sparkled with flecks of gold. Where had the time gone? It seemed only yesterday that she was a child running free, her hair flying out behind her and her laughter filling the air with her joy. But as with all things, the child had matured, and a lovely young woman now stood before her. “What brings you out in the gardens today, dear?”  
“I came looking for you to see if you needed help with the flowers.”
Mary handed Hannah the basket on her arm and the clipping shears. “That would be lovely. I want the white and pink roses for the centerpiece tonight.”
Hannah nodded and began clipping the roses the way her aunt had showed her countless times before. “Umm…I was thinking.”
Mary arched an eyebrow. She knew Hannah well, and especially knew when she was about to ask a favor. “Yes, Hannah?”
“Perhaps it would not be too impertinent to ask for new ribbons for Lady Hunt’s dinner?”
“I see. Is that all?”
Hannah nodded and continued to cut the roses that Mary pointed to.
“As a matter of fact, I’m headed out to see Mrs. Phillips later today. Would you care to come along and choose your new ribbons?”
Hannah put the basket and shears down and hugged the older woman. “Thank you, Aunt Mary. I do so want to look my best for the—
“I suspect you were going to say for the Duke of Wetherby.”
“Well, yes, but not just for him, of course. I want to look my best for all of my engagements. The last thing I want is to embarrass you or Uncle Albert.”
Mary clasped her hands together and gave her niece a hard stare. “Hannah, you mustn’t try to fool me. I know exactly what you were thinking, and I would caution you not to become too enamored of the Duke of Wetherby. He’s an extremely private man and would not appreciate undue attention on your part.”
Hannah nodded. “But Aunt Mary, he does owe me a dance, does he not?”
Mary tried hard not to smile. Her niece was as bold as she was beautiful, a combination that was hard for most men to resist. “Yes. I do believe he does. Now, why don’t you take the roses inside?”
Hannah picked up the basket and nearly skipped back to the house. Mary watched her carefree niece until she rounded the bend and disappeared from sight.
Camden doesn’t know what he’s done, she thought.

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