Friday, August 26, 2016

THE BACHELOR AUCTION by Rachel Van Dyken - Excerpt Reveal

We have your first look at THE BACHELOR AUCTION releasing on October 4 and we can guarantee, you do not want to miss the first book in this brand new series from Rachel Van Dyken!

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Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.   Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. That is, until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes—or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire—maybe do exist. Except Brock Wellington isn’t anyone’s dream guy. A prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk—even if that is just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it’s karmic retribution that he’s tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can’t have. But while he and Jane may not get a fairy tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy . . .

   

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    Thick wavy auburn hair fell in disarray over his forehead. It was lush, shiny, perfect. Were guys born with hair like that? Or was his somehow chemically engineered? His full lips pressed together in a secret smile as the equally handsome man next to him said something, then erupted in laughter. The first man stiffened, then shook his head. His broad shoulders seemed to grow tight as a drum. A slight tic in his jaw was the only clue that he was irritated or maybe outright angry. And then his shoulders slumped as he was handed another drink and then another. Nervous. He must be nervous. But what could a man like that possibly have to be nervous about? He easily towered over most of the men in attendance. Suddenly his posture changed, then he smiled. Jane felt her mouth drop open in shock. Dazzling. He was…like a duke or a lord or a prince from a storybook. Clearly, she read too many romance novels, but his entire presence demanded attention; screamed authority, importance, and sex. Lots and lots of sex. Yes, his virility was a tangible thing, as if she could reach out and grasp it with her fingertips. “What are you doing?” Esmeralda yelled in her right ear, interrupting her blatant sexual fantasy about a complete stranger. Great. That’s what her life had come to. And sadly? It was the most fun she’d had all night. Jane turned to Esmeralda, prayed for patience, and answered. “Sorry, I was just thinking.” “You’re so boring.” Esmeralda rolled her eyes. “No wonder you got dumped.” Another fun fact? Esmeralda was mean when she was drunk. The reminder of the breakup burned like acid. It had been a year ago, not that it mattered. It still hurt that the last guy she’d dated had told her that although she was cute, she wasn’t really doing it for him anymore. Right. Doing it. Maybe that was because she hadn’t done anything for him or with him, and he found that lacking. But they’d only dated for a few weeks. Did normal girls do that? Put out after a few weeks? Apparently. She wasn’t normal. But if that was normal, maybe she was better off being strange. “Jane, are you even listening to me?” Esmeralda whined. “Essence needs you to dance next to her for a bit. I’m tired and tipsy. I want to sit. Plus your dress blends in enough that it won’t take attention away from her.” No way. What? What had she just said? Jane wrapped her arms around her middle. “I’m sorry, what?” Without warning, Esmeralda grabbed Jane’s hand and jerked her toward the dance floor, causing Jane to lose her footing and crash directly into Esmeralda’s back. Then, like a domino, she slammed back into Essence. Jane opened her mouth to shout out an apology, but Esmeralda was already too drunk to listen to reason. With determination in her eyes, she reached for the pearls at Jane’s neck but grabbed the fabric of the dress instead. Her poorly sewn dress ripped instantly, causing the fabric to slink past her strapless bra. A diagonal slit split up her thigh almost all the way to her hip. In an effort to cover herself, she took a step and tripped, thanks to her clunky shoes. And then she fell to the floor. Hard. Her sisters watched in horror—but neither of them offered a hand. They were probably kicking themselves for forcing her to come. Esmeralda leaned over but missed Jane’s shoulder by a mile, grabbing her hair and giving it a tug, which only made Jane wince harder. Both sisters were completely tanked. And she was less than two minutes away from being trampled by the other sweaty bodies around her. She glanced up. And into the eyes of the man she’d just been lusting after. Oh God, the humiliation was complete. That one glance told her he’d seen it all. She swallowed back the thickness building in her throat. Of course the only time he’d notice her would be when she’d ripped her dress and nearly took out a few guests on her way down to the dance floor. The crowd gathered around her. And the sexy man disappeared—probably off in search of a girl with perfect hair, perfect teeth, perfect clothes. She really should have stayed home. Tears filled her eyes as a heel pressed into her right hand. With a jerk she tugged her hand free, struggling to get up to stand on her wobbly feet, when suddenly she was pulled to a standing position and then swept up in strong arms. Jane’s eyes were still so blurry from unshed tears she couldn’t make out the man’s face as he carried her out of the crowd. He smelled like heaven. She fought the insane urge to press her face against his chest and just…close her eyes. Because he felt safe. Pathetic, when a stranger’s arms provided more safety than her own family. And yet he felt…right. In a world where things for the past ten years had felt so wrong. He felt right. Maybe she’d had too much champagne.      


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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!


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Book Spotlight : Deep Within - Heather Mullins





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Angelo Baldoni is no stranger to violence. As a Veteran Homicide Detective for Detroit, he has seen his fair share of crime. After coming to terms with the loss of his fiancée, he has a new look on life and a new relationship blossoming. 

When bodies start popping up all over Detroit, Angelo and Bobby are sent to solve a new string of murders. But things are not always what they seem, and Angelo is put into a position that forces him to step out of the box. Trying to save his best friend’s career and life, he does the only thing he can think of to get to the bottom of the grave.

Having to go deep undercover to catch a killer tests everything Angelo has ever believed in. Will he be able to keep his identity hidden and his sanity intact, or will he end up sleeping with the fishes?



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Heather Mullins has always loved to read and has been writing poems and stories since childhood. She truly enjoys doing so much with other indie authors and fully supports this outstanding community. She uses her outgoing opinionated personality to help write and run multiple blogs.

Heather is a full-time student working to get her Bachelors in Human services specializing in substance abuse counseling. She's an Air Force Veteran and enjoyed fighting for her country. 

Heather supports many different groups that help out other veterans. 

She is a mother of 3 wonderfully crazy kids and has been married for 15 years. When she isn't playing taxi she is living vicariously through the lives of characters in any number of books.







VBT # The Best Friend Bargain - Robin Bielman



Oliva aka Liv and Danny have always been the best of friends, even growing up despite Olivia hanging around Danny and his friends - it was always Danny she was closest too. The two were inseparable, that was until she stuffed up her career and decided the only way was to jump across the ditch to the UK and start fresh. She left without a goodbye and was gone for six months and loved living in London, she even met a great guy called Will and all was going perfectly until the bombshell dropped that she was pregnant with Will's child. Of course he gave her an ultimatum which lead to her jumping ship and heading back home and straight into Danny's life.  Olivia grew up without a father and her mother blamed her for him leaving and she doesn't want to repeat the same mistake and make her child feel that way ever , so she has an idea - to ask Danny to marry her and become the father of her child, so that it doesn't grow up fatherless. The idea is perfect Olivia thinks as Danny has always made it clear due to his illness , he doesn't want to get married or have children of his own as he would never burden someone with the future of having his illness impacting their lives.  Can Olivia and Danny make this work as best friends or will other repressed feelings start to appear as of course we know how horny men and pregnant women can be ? I also have to admit I loved Olivia's craving of honey and the honeyed bacon sounded delish.  One of the things that I loved about The Best Friend Bargain was the fact that the author didn't rush into the whole "I love you" scenes and had the story building up to this point as reality is when in this situation that you have been friends with someone for so long - you often don't want to ruin the friendship by trying a relationship as the backlash can be worst. Another personal favourite of The Best Friend Bargain was Olivia's background as a handwriting analyst  as I have always been fascinated with this pyschology and craft.
If you are wanting a Best Friends to Lover story that seems more realistic than others , then check out Robin Bielman's 3rd book in the Kisses in the Sand series "The Best Friend Bargain".






VBT# The Last Dance - Zoe Blackwood



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Review: Last Dance - A Novella - Zoe Blackwood - August 2016

You know how often you read books and there is a part of them that touches you and makes you remember or think of your own lives and those around you or in this case , those that you are involved with. For me, in a way The Last Dance by Zoe Blackwood reminded me of a part of my life in the relationship field - not quite to the extreme featured in the book but on the other end of the scale. In The Last Dance we meet Joey and Parker , they have been dating for years and Joey is the only girl whom Parker wants to share his future with for the rest of his life , the thing though is Parker is A) addicted to sex and having a good time and B) the drugs and his extra-curricularar activities are a bit shady. In The Last Dance we notice that Parker seems to cheat on Joey a bit , but she has rules A) Parker can't invite them to their house and B) She must never meet them and C) it is a one-off with the girl , no repeat calls. As Joey knows deep down that despite his philandering ways that Parker loves her and would be lost without her as he doesn't love the other girls - to him they are just a means to an end. During one of Parker's exchanges , he breaks the rules and Joey is hurt and feels betrayed as now her mind is overthinking whether or not it is worth being in the relationship - this part I can relate to as often we get hurt by the ones we love the most and then life throws us a curveball and we end up back with them , however at the back of your minds will always be that strong niggly feeling of whether you are living your relationship on borrowed time and that it will  be only a matter of time and then they will hurt you for good or whether they have changed and they do truly care about you and love you . As girls, we often wonder that feeling of should we stay or go ? I know I do and I was feeling it the other night as it's coming up to the 5 year mark of the "official" second time around. I thought that Last Dance was going to be a pure romance story but turned out to be an Edgy one filled with Sex , Betrayal , Heartbreak, Drunken rampages, Drugs and Forgiveness and all the obstacles that come with being in love.





VBT# Blind Spot - Katana Collins



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Review: Blind Spot - Katana Collins - August 2016
When Shelby's mum died she had no-one left but her stepbrother Harrison and best friend Regan. Her stepfather feeling guilty gets her an apartment in a good part of the neighbourhood after making a call and getting her application bumped up the list. It's not big but for Shelby, it's perfect and it's hers. With her mother gone , reading this made me relate as she talks about missing her mother and how she wishes she could call her and with my mum being gone 2 1/2 years now I can relate to it as even now I wish I could talk to her and I miss her so much at times. Above Shelby, is trustfund baby Tatum aka Tate - his father is the Senator and he believes he is untouchable and all the girls want him - which they do because of his money but Shelby isn't like that and he wants her. I have to admit I really liked the character of Shelby and in a couple of ways I could strongly relate to her.  She's one of those characters whom I wish I could be minus the bad past . As Tate and Shelby start to get to know one another , what will happen when he introduces her to his family and they see her as another gold-digger and unravel her past to Tate ? Will Tate end things knowing she isn't a trustfund baby ? Will he realise that love is more than monetary value and sometimes with the right person it doesn't mean anything to be rich or poor as long as you have one another ? Blind Spot by Katana Collins would have to be one of the better Entangled Publishing Books I have read in a while as though it had similar storylines to others , it just felt fresh with the characters and all the characters you could feel their emotions and envision that they were real and what they would be if they were people in your world.
 I am looking forward to seeing what else Katana Collins brings to the world of publishing as I know this is one author I will be adding to my definite read-list.




VBT # Text Me, Maybe - Jolyse Barnett



Before I start, I have to admit I am not sure whether this was the updated version of the book or not as according to sources Jolyse Barnett updated the story after listening to customer's feedback the first time around - earlier this year when her book was published. So if my review is a little different to the book you have read, then I apologise in advance. Do you remember the classic novel Cyrano De Bergerac ? The one where loosely there were two best friends and they both had a crush on a guy and so what happened was that one of the friends was a quiet and normally stood in the shadows and the other was the pretty one and the extrovert who always got her way. In the story the lesser of the pretties started writing to him and over time they fell in love and connected , however the male had still in his mind it was the other girl. Text Me, Maybe is the 22nd century version where instead of writing letters, emails or sending IM's we have texting . Lexie has started a new job and really wants to keep it and she will do anything to make sure she isn't fired, when her new boss Sylvia gives her a task and lets her know her life depends on it - she will give it her all. Syvia has a crush on one of the gym trainers who we nickname Steel as in Buns of Steel. With Lexie's background in English Lit and BOS - a part-time Lit Professor , she believes it's the perfect way to catch his attention. What will happen though when Lexie starts to fall for her texting buddy and more so he does too ? Will Lexie get a HEA or will Buns of Steel go for her boss as he believes she is the "one" for him ? Text Me, Maybe reminded me also of the movies A Cinderella Story with Hilary Duff and A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song with Lucy Hale.  As we take the words of Carly Rae Jepsen and substitute Call with Text , I advise you to check out Text Me, Maybe by Jolyse Barnett.




Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Manhattanite's Christmas by Avery Aster Preorder Blitz

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Book Title: A Manhattanite's Christmas Author: Avery Aster Genre: Erotic Romance Release Date: October 20, 2016 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
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Note: Stand-alone, M/F, contemporary erotic romance, HEA, cliffhanger free, introduces a new couple. No subplots from previous books in the series. NORMALLY $6.99 PRESALE SPECIAL $2.99

Move over, Vanderpump Rules, there's a new reality TV show about to air this holiday season, and it's hotter and naughtier than ever.
When it comes to raising his only son, who's on the spectrum, single dad Sheldon Truman will do whatever it takes to secure the best Christmas for his autistic child, even if that means marrying America's leading pop princess and starring on Newlywed Boot Camp to pay for it. After all, he doesn't believe in marriage, monogamy, or happily ever after, so what's there to lose? With a failing handbag line, a perfume brand that stinks, and a singing career gone flat, actress Neve Adele will do anything that her PR firm, Brill Inc., throws her way. So when she's cast alongside the hottest bad boy she's ever met, the cameras start rolling, and they're forced to share a bed. The psychological games the show puts them through stir up painful emotions from her past, a childhood filled with impoverished abandonment. Once the filming is over, the feelings that Neve's been faking toward Sheldon suddenly become a reality. Can she stop thinking about him and get her career back on track? Or will she give up her hunger for fame and get real with the Manhattanite who not only took her virginity but her heart?
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