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Promo Spotlight and Giveaway: His Family of Convenience by Amy Ayers

Monday, April 24, 2017

I'm hosting today, a promo on Amy Ayers's debut contemporary romance release, His Family of Convenience (The Medina Legacy #1), as a part of the ongoing VBT. Also find an excerpt for your enjoyment. The giveaway includes a $20 Amazon GC, so don't forget to enter via rafflecopter below!!
His Family of Convenience
Amy Ayers
(The Medina Legacy #1)
Published: April 24, 2017 by Entangled Indulgence
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34521984-his-family-of-convenience
Senna Callas’s one-night stand with her alpha asshole boss, Marco Medina, was supposed to mark the end of her internship and their ridiculous attraction. After being unreachable and ignoring Senna for a year, Marco sweeps back into the country and summons her to his office, revealing he knows her secret…the secret created during their explosive night together.

Marco is determined to be there for the son he’s just discovered he has, but when it comes to being with Senna, his choices aren’t his own. His meddling family expects him, the firstborn son, to follow through with the arranged marriage set up when he was a child. And Senna has no plans on being his mistress and still resents how her attempts to contact Marco were ignored. The only thing going right between them is the attraction that burns no matter the complicated situation they’re in.

Marco would do anything to protect his family, anything except decide between the legacy he was born into and the young family he’s just found…

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Promo Spotlight: Damnable Grace by Tillie Cole

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Today, I'm hosting a promo on Tillie Cole's latest dark contemporary/MC romance release, Damnable Grace (Hades Hangman #5), as a part of the ongoing VBT. Also find an excerpt and some teasers for your enjoyment.
Damnable Grace
Tillie Cole
(Hades Hangman #5)
Published: April 16, 2017
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27212238-damnable-grace
EVEN THE BROKEN, THROUGH LOVE, CAN FIND GRACE...
Secrets never stay hidden.
The burden of guilt never lifts from the heart.

Born and raised in The Order of David, Sister Phebe knows nothing but cult life. Head of the Sacred Sisters of New Zion, Phebe was groomed from childhood for one purpose: to seduce. Prized as a harlot, as a New Zion whore, Phebe is taken from the doomed cult by Meister, the notorious leader of the Aryan Brotherhood. Taken as his possession. Taken to be the woman who will obey his every sexual demand. Under his heavy hand, Phebe finds herself in a place much worse than she could ever have imagined... with absolutely no one to help. And no glimpse of hope.

Xavier ‘AK’ Deyes is content with his life as Sergeant-At-Arms of the Hades Hangmen. Leader of the infamous ‘Psycho Trio’ and ex-special ops sniper, AK knows how to fight. Experienced in warfare and schooled in military operations, AK is vital to the Hangmen. When his Vice President needs help retrieving his missing sister-in-law, Phebe, from a Klan-funded trafficking ring, AK volunteers to go in. AK remembers the redhead from New Zion. Remembers everything about her from the single time they met—her red hair, blue eyes and freckled face. But when he finds her, heavily drugged and under Meister’s control, her sorry condition causes him to remember more than the beautiful woman he once tied to a tree. Saving Phebe forces hidden demons from his past to return. A past he can never move on from, no matter how hard he tries.

As AK fights to help Phebe, and in turn she strives to help him, they realize their secret sins will never leave them alone. Kindred broken souls, they realize the only way they can be rid of their ghosts is to face them together and try to find peace.

Despair soon turns to hope, and damaged hearts soon start to heal. But when their deep, painful scars resurface, becoming too much to bear, the time comes when they must make a heavy choice: stay forever damned; or together, find grace.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for age 18 and over.

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Once An Outlaw by Diana Bold

Friday, April 21, 2017

Once An Outlaw (novella)

Diana Bold
Historical Romance
Published April, 2017 (originally 2011)

H/h - Zach Price/Bethany Sinclair
Setting: Northern New Mexico, 1871.

Read in April, 2017.
My rating:

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Once An Outlaw was a sweet little novella by Diana Bold. This would be my third Diana Bold book and won’t be my last one.

I won’t go into too much details since this novella is about 50/60 pages long. The story is set after Civil War. Our H, Zach, is a war veteran. Yet some unavoidable circumstances in his life made him a Wanted by the law. He escaped once but the law caught up with him again. He was being transferred to the prison when he meets our h, Bethany, on the way. Their meeting and what happened next, was as if a scene manipulated by fate. When there’s an accident, leaving them the only survivors of the wreck, both Zach and Bethany will have to find out just much they’re willing trust each-other, and figure out just how far they’re willing to go together to survive a weather so harsh and wintry that no living being could survive without proper shelter and arrangements.  With snow covering everything, Zach and Bethany forge an unwitting bond; a bond that only grew deeper as they fight on to survive.

I enjoyed this novella quite a lot, even if at times it felt that all their ‘help’ were a bit convenient. But that didn’t ruin my enjoyment because, of course, I wanted a HEA. It was well written, I’ll have to give you that. Zach and Bethany’s bond was quite strong, and believable, as they learn a lot about one another in such a short span of time while also struggling to keep alive. Sometimes the best things can happen to virtual strangers when they’re thrown in such a situation and forced to live in closed quarters. :D 3.75 stars.

Guest Post and Giveaway: When Real Life is Bolder than Books by Gina Conkle, Author of Waiting for a Girl Like You

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Today, I'm hosting a promo on Gina Conkle's contemporary romance release, Waiting for a Girl Like You (Kissables #1), as a part of the ongoing VBT. Also find an excerpt for your enjoyment. Note that Waiting for a Girl Like You is currently on sale for 99c!!

I hope you enjoy the guest blog accompanying this post. As for me, I loved it... but alas! My friends aren't always forthcoming with their crazy stories, and I don't bother pestering them in case I have to tell them a story of my own. :P Don't forget to comment below with your own reply.

Gina Conkle will be awarding an Amazon Kindle Fire 7” to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour
When Real Life is Bolder than Books

Waiting for a Girl Like You is my first foray into steamy contemporary romance. The book features two hot novellas which get their inspiration from real life. Writing is full of “what if” scenarios. I usually get inspiration for historical romance from museums and reading non-fiction historical books. My Viking and Georgian romances turn into mind movies. But, my venture into hot contemporary romance had a very different start.

The seed for Mark and Abbie’s story (Proper Care and Feeding of a Broken Heart) came from a conversation I had with a friend years ago. She shared with me her crazy moonlighting job, working on an on-call basis at a brothel doing 50 Shades-esque jobs (and this was pre-50 Shades).

I was floored. My friend didn’t sugar coat the truth. My other surprise was how at ease she was with this second job. She eventually moved away and we lost contact, but I never forgot what she told me.

From that conversation, Mark and Abbie sprang to life. It’s one of the fastest stories I ever wrote. Yet, it challenged me. For some reason, I needed to write the story in first person point of view. I’d never done that before. It stretched me as a writer. Likewise, the sex scenes stretched me as a writer.

For me, physical intimacy between characters is like all other scenes in a story. They must reveal character. They must move the story forward. Lastly, they must be about the conflict and have internal/external conflict. If these elements are missing, you’re in danger of pumping out another gratuitous sex scene. I don’t like those. They’re not truthful. I skim them and think twice before buying another book from that author.

Writing this book, it was important for you the reader to go deep into the characters skin. It pushed me mentally and emotionally. Don’t worry! It wasn’t all intense (reviewers have mentioned I can write intense stories). There’s a fun cell phone scene between AJ and Jennifer in Anything But Safe. Plus there’s plenty of my trade-mark banter.

There will be a “what’s next” for Mark and Abbie and the same thing for AJ and Jennifer. There will also be a two book series about two brothers: one brother is a controlled venture capitalist and the other is a tattooed bad boy trying to reform.

Waiting for a Girl Like You prompted a strategy call with my agent. I’d been squarely in historical romance where I’ll stay. Now, though, we’re talking about a dip into the hot contemporary romance market. So, stay tuned!

Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Punya! I have a question for your readers: What’s the craziest real life story a friend told you? Or maybe it’s something you did…care to share?

-Gina

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