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An Aria In Venice by KaSonndra Leigh

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance (Standalone)

Synopsis

His goal…One night with the ballerina.
Her goal…To beat the player at his game.
The outcome…Something completely unexpected.

Adriana Dostov pegged Luca Martuccio from day one: gorgeous, talented, arrogant, a man who has had difficulty committing to one woman in the past. He is known in fashion circles as the player with a scandalous history. So when the girls in her ballet troupe suggest she gives up her virginity to him, she doesn’t say no. But she’s not sure that a ‘yes’ is the right answer either. Yet, she can’t stop herself from making the offer…a one night stand in Venice.

Luca wanted feisty little Adriana the moment they first met – and he fully intends to have her, hence why he’s agreed to accept her proposal. In the end, he’ll get what he wants. No commitment. All sex.

But, as Luca discovers, there’s more to the ballerina with the overbearing mother – and he can’t help but care about the frightened girl behind those sad eyes.

Adriana discovers Luca isn’t just walking sex on a stick – he has a wildly passionate side, a lost soul who has suffered just as much grief as her. And it could be, they’re exactly what the other one needs.

** This novel contains sexual situations and mature language. It is intended for an audience at 17+ years of age.**

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Excerpt from The Mind’s Eye by K.C. Finn

We spent Henri’s birthday under a tree drinking orange pop and trying to talk about subjects that didn’t lead back to the war. The news of Clive and Ieuan had shaken Leigh out of his selfish reverie, so if one good thing had come from the darkness it was the fact that my brother had finally actually gotten to know Henri. He even sang Happy Birthday in what he called ‘The Proper English Way’, laughing so hard he could barely get the words out for lack of breath:

“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you; you look like a monkey and you smell like one too!”

Henri laughed for the first time in what seemed like forever and a warmth settled in my chest, like things were finally going to get back to normal. When Leighton went to get more pop, Henri came to the tree and sat down beside me, putting a long arm around my shoulders and pulling me in. He kissed the side of my head gently, his warm breath sinking into my hair. He hadn’t tried to kiss me properly again even when there had been opportunity for it, and I was sort of grateful for that. As much as I wanted to feel that tingling, only-us-in-the-world sensation again, right now the atmosphere just wasn’t right. But we were always close to one another when we had the chance, I had gotten so used to his arms around me that it felt like some part of me was missing when he wasn’t there.

“I’ll have to go into the village tomorrow,” he whispered, “to pass my enlistment papers to the right people.”

An invisible blade sank slowly into my fragile heart, but I had always known this day was coming.

“It’ll take them a while to process it,” I said hopefully, “I bet they’ve already got loads of boys waiting to go to basic training.”

“Perhaps,” he said softly, his lips still resting against my head.

I turned sharply to face him, searching his deep brown eyes. “I don’t want you to go,” I said, racing to find his hand to hold it tightly.

“I won’t really be gone,” he replied, “You’ll always be able to find me.”

“That’s not the point,” I said, my curls shaking as I trembled, “This is dangerous Henri, this is war.”

“You forget where I’ve been already,” he said, turning his face away to focus hard on the distance. He kept a firm hold of my hand and gave it a good squeeze. “You came to my head in the quiet times, the safe times. But I’ve already seen the destruction, the danger and the death, Kit. I think there are two types of people during war: those who see the horror happening and run away, never looking back, and those who want to do something about it.” I felt his other arm pull me in closer against his strong body. “You know which type I am, so you know I have to go.”

I couldn’t say anything, because it was all true.

Harp’s Song Book Promo

Harp’s Song explores very important issues and April is the National Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Synopsis

In just a few months Harp Evans will be officially coming of age and graduating from high school. She will be free from the mother that never wanted her, the house that never felt like home, and the disappointment of the last seventeen years. What she doesn’t know is that her mother has been holding onto a secret that has the potential to derail her dreams and destroy her already faulty sense of self.

A self-proclaimed recluse, Harp spends most of her time practicing the cello, in the hopes of earning a full scholarship that will grant her freedom, but will also send her away from her best friend Connor Williams, who is becoming more than just a friend.

As revelations are made, will Harp still feel the same way about leaving everyone that cares about her behind? Or will she continue to pursue the life she’s been dreaming of for as long as she can remember?

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Author Interview: Gillian Felix

Originally posted on redpillows:

In conversation with Gillian Felix the author of the Family Portrait series:

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1)      What/who inspired you to start writing?

I have always written. As a kid creative writing was one of my favorite subjects. I got my highest marks in that subject. Growing up I was told you have to “get a real job” I’ve had ‘real’ jobs and it always brought me back to writing. I worked at a television studio writing Prime time news, it was fun at first but then it got depressing. I tried to put a positive spin on the stories but that’s not what ‘news’ is about.

2)      Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. I moved to the United States 15 years ago. I lived in New York and Los Angeles for a number of years. I moved to Albuquerque 5 years ago and love it…

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5 Things Every Author Needs to Do to Improve Discoverability on Goodreads

Originally posted on Authordiscovery.com:

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I came across an article from HuffPo this week on How to Become a Goodreads Power User (and why you’d want to). Blogs like this are the exact reason why I created AuthorDiscovery.com. The article contains some helpful information but is still so general that authors reading it are left not knowing where to start first. This was confirmed in several interactions in the various author groups in which I participate. I believe authors know and agree they need to have a presence on goodreads, but don’t know what they should be doing on goodreads in order to get found by readers (which is the point).

In their defense, goodreads has tried to demonstrate how goodreads can be great for book and author discovery (this slideshare presentation is helpful as well as these author tips), but the interface is certainly difficult to navigate, and there are so many…

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What cultural value do you see in the writing/reading/storytelling/etc?

Writing and reading are important for learning, about both ourselves and our societies. In my novels, the main character must face some sort of external challenge. She’s just an average girl, but circumstances beyond her control have put the world on her shoulders. When readers watch how she manages this challenge, they see values of strength, courage, and determination. When I write in these qualities, I wonder if I could handle the situation as well as the main character. Novels give us an opportunity, as a society, to uphold certain values (strength, selflessness) and discourage others (greed, malevolence). As readers and writers, we can test these values in impossible situations–and test ourselves to see if we would measure up.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

My dream is to see the Northern Lights, which can happen in many different places–I’ll say Alaska is where I want to go. There is so much magic in the aurora borealis, and so much science as well. I’m thinking of a concept for a book that deals with both, so that may be my next stop!

What are your reading and writing pet peeves?

I hate when authors use too many adverbs, especially in dialogue. “‘What?’ she asked sarcastically, dismissively flicking her hand.” I think the situation and dialogue should speak for the mood themselves, as much as possible. When I edit my own work, I try very hard to get rid as many adverbs as I possibly can (as many adverbs as possible).

What do you think makes a good story?

I think a good young adult story needs two things, at a minimum–internal and external drama.

Internal drama for a character can be a classic relationship struggle. I like this boy, but does he like me? Should I signal to him how I feel? Touch his hand, look at his lips? Did he just send me a signal that he likes me? Have I given my feelings away? These are all very small questions, but they’re the signals my characters need to read between the lines when dealing with a male.

Internal drama can be about something else, though, like complex relationships with parents. But my favorite internal struggles involve romantic uncertainty :)

For external drama, the character needs to be dealing with something bigger than herself. The tunnel caved-in around Emily, and she has to find a way to survive. Especially when she learns that the people who brought down the tunnel are trapped inside with her. Should she trust Chris? Is he mixed in with the killers? How can she keep her knowledge of their identities a secret? How can she survive? The external drama drives the main plot of the story forward, but the internal drama must be there too.

Do you work with an outline or plot or just see where an idea takes you?

A little bit of both! Generally I know where I want the plot to go when I start writing–I know the inciting incident, certain events that will follow, and the steps my main character will have to take to survive. I create an outline of the sequence of events, and then I start writing. However, almost immediately the novel decides to misbehave. I wanted Emily, my main character, to feel one way or do one thing, but she decides to do something else. Other characters in the novel jump in and interfere. And by the end, I have a novel that I couldn’t have imagined–and that is in many ways much better! 

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Bastards Brew 300pxWhen L’Wren’s ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L’Wren’s heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her. But Kevin is not as free as L’Wren thinks; she is in the dark about his affair with her stepmother, Savi. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend.

You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent guy.- Savi

Kevin desires to be the man that L’Wren deserves, but before he can assume the role of white knight, he brews one last plan to get rid of Savi for good. Will L’Wren, the innocent victim in their twisted game, become a casualty?

Kevin may have sold his body to the devil in stilettos, but he’d be damned if he let her have his heart.

Suitable for adults 18+

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