Prologue from One Dyke Cozy from Rhani D’Chae

One Dyke Cozy book tour

Prologue

   My mother used to say that people come into our lives for a minute, a season, or a reason. For the most part, I’ve always found that statement to be accurate. There were exceptions, but for the most part, the people who entered my life did fit predominantly into one of those three categories.

And then there was Shy. My best friend, my pseudo sister, and the person who was by my side through thick, thin, and everything in between.

I say was, because Shy’s been gone for almost a decade. But her influence remains, and not a day goes by that I don’t hear her voice in my ear, guiding my steps as I meander through the years in search of some deep meaning for my life.

   Shy was with me for a season. A long season, though not nearly long enough. More importantly, she was with me for a reason. Had we never met, I truly believe that I would have grown old and died as a carbon copy of my mother. I would have married my high-school sweetheart, popped out a couple of kids, and then spent the best years of my life as a stay-at-home mom, with no interests beyond the devoted care of my husband and children. At some point, I would have woken up and climbed out of a bed that my husband had not been home to sleep in. I would have seen a 40-something face in the mirror over the bathroom sink, and I would have wondered what I could have done differently. What I could have done to prevent distance from growing between us and to keep his love with me, as he had promised in our vows. I would have been one more divorcee at the SeaTac Hilton, sipping martinis at the bar while hoping that some lonely businessman would take the empty stool to my right. Continue reading

A Final Deal Blog Tour + Giveaway

Final Deal book coverTitle: A Final Deal by Nadia Lee
Publication date: August 15th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

One thing I’ve never lacked in life is money. I was born to it. I’ve made it hand over fist. I have more than I know what to do with.

But all that money couldn’t give me Faith Mortimer, a damaged heiress with secrets of her own. I found her irresistible two years ago, and would’ve laid my empire at her feet…until she betrayed me.

Now she barges into my office, offering marriage, ostensibly to help me fulfill the conditions of my father’s hateful deal. Although I toss her out, I’m curious. Once I realize how desperate she is, I make a counter offer that leaves her vulnerable and defenseless.

However, I never counted on my own machinations leaving me exposed in return…and both our hearts are going to break before this is over… Continue reading

Bree Dahlia Presents, Love, Luck, and Clusterf*ck

Love Lust ClusterFuk Bree DahliaTitle: Love, Luck, and Clusterf*ck (Legal, #3) by Bree Dahlia
Publication date: August 14th 2017
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

Synopsis:

From the author of the Legal series comes a hot and hilarious new STANDALONE.

I met him on the luckiest day of the year.

Of course, I wasn’t aware of his true identity at the time. I only knew him as the arrogant blond god who gave me a shamrock necklace. For luck.

As if I needed it.

Okay, maybe I did. But it was presumptuous of him to assume I wanted his help – all because he made it his business to pry into my personal conversation.

I, Perry Sommers, want a life makeover.

I want to stop being so impulsive and start acting like a grown up.

I want to settle down and have a real relationship, instead of a series of clusterf*cks.

I want to fall in love. Just not with this man.

But love isn’t fair. It doesn’t care if someone is off-limits, and Stephen Davidson definitely is. I can handle that. Our intense chemistry tests me on a near constant basis. I can handle that too.

What I can’t handle is how much I’ve come to need him in my life. I never expected this infuriating hard-ass to become my best friend, but now that he has, I never want to let him go.

I can’t destroy the bond we share, but there is only so much a woman can take before she breaks.

Before she throws it all away for one perfect night.

** This friends-to-lovers stand-alone takes place six years before Legal. It does not need to be read in conjunction with the others in the series. ** Continue reading

John Herrick Presents, Beautiful Mess

Book cover Beautiful MessTitle: Beautiful Mess by John Herrick
Publication date: July 30th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

A fallen star. Four Los Angeles misfits. And the Marilyn Monroe you only thought you knew.

Del Corwyn is an aging relic. An actor who advanced from errand boy to Academy Award nominee, Del kept company with the elite of Hollywood’s golden era and shared a close friendship with Marilyn Monroe. Today, however, he faces bankruptcy.

Humiliated, Del is forced to downgrade his lifestyle, sell the home he’s long cherished, and fade into a history of forgotten legends—unless he can revive his career. All he needs is one last chance. While searching through memorabilia from his beloved past, Del rediscovers a mysterious envelope, dated 1962, containing an original screenplay by Marilyn Monroe—and proof that she named him its legal guardian.

Del surges to the top of Hollywood’s A-list overnight. But the opportunity to reclaim his fame and fortune brings a choice: Is Del willing to sacrifice newfound love, self-respect and his most cherished friendship to achieve his greatest dream?

A story of warmth, humor and honesty, Beautiful Mess follows one man’s journey toward love and relevance where he least expects it—and proves coming-of-age isn’t just for the young. Continue reading

A Mystery Crime Thriller by Christer Tholin

Vanished book coverTitle: Vanished? by Christer Tholin
Genre: Mystery Crime Thriller

Synopsis

“He could only hope he’d get out of here in one piece.”

To come to terms with his recent divorce, Martin, an attorney in Berlin, plans a peaceful vacation – two weeks in a Swedish summer house seem to be the solution. It won’t be peaceful, however, and those two weeks will change his life forever.

He takes a liking to Liv, a Swedish woman whom he meets in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, they don’t get to have their first date – Liv disappears under mysterious circumstances. Martin begins his search but soon realizes he can’t find Liv in a foreign country by himself. He hires two private investigators, and their discoveries make everything seem even stranger.

The complexities in this suspenseful criminal case lead to a hunt across Sweden. Martin comes close to finding answers, but his search lands him in very real danger, eventually leading to the first deaths. Soon he‘s wondering if he can get Liv and himself out of this situation alive. Continue reading

Until Ray by Cheryl Robinson

Until Ray Cheryl RobinsonAbout Until Ray

Two people in the same city but worlds apart.

Until Ray is an unconventional love story of how two young people transitioning into adulthood find each other and develop a bond that will be tested through three decades.

RAY IS LOST …

He lives in northwest Detroit with his mother. When he’s not at home, he’s either at the mall selling women’s shoes or in the club. In both places, he’s focused on one thing—picking up women. Only now he’s ready to make a change but isn’t sure how to do it.

THEN SARITA ARRIVES …

At twenty-four, she has an MBA, is a CPA, and works in upper-level management at GM. But all that success comes at a cost: she’s lonely and craves the one thing she’s never had—attention from men.

Dive into a love story filled with soul-searching drama told from two very different perspectives. Until Ray, the first book of a trilogy, is set in the mid-eighties in Detroit, where the author was born and raised. Continue reading

Why Stephen King is a Literary Hero by Kelly Charron

Kelly CharronWho is Kelly Charron?

Kelly Charron is the author of YA and adult horror, psychological thrillers and urban fantasy novels. All with gritty, murderous inclinations and some moderate amounts of humor. She spends far too much time consuming true crime television (and chocolate) while trying to decide if yes, it was the husband, with the wrench, in the library. She lives with her husband and cat, Moo Moo, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Connect with Kelly: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads

Literary Heroes

Stephen King. Enough said right? Cause how can you not admire, respect and be incredibly envious of a person who is as talented and prolific as he is? The man has written over sixty books and countless short stories and while not all of them are homeruns, he has certainly amassed a brilliant number of award winning works. No

No other author has had more film and television adaptations of their work than King. This is because he writes with passion, humour, curiosity and a darkness that engages readers. We want to learn more about the characters, their towns, what is lurking around them, we want to turn the page, stay up for one more chapter and feel every bit of emotion that he manages to magically embed in the page.

King writes something for everyone: thrillers, suspense, horror, mystery and even heartfelt stories about friendship, finding one’s place in the world, and love (Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile are great examples). Continue reading

Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson

Something Beautiful novelTitle: Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson
Published by: Pen Name Publishing
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Cordelia and Declan have been best friends since they were three years old. By the time they hit middle school, Cordelia—Cord, to Declan—is already feeling the blackness in her life as depression takes hold. Their mutual attraction to each other leads to a serious high school relationship, one with their foundation of friendship at the forefront. Cordelia seems to have her mental health under control. All appears to be well.

However, when Declan starts to accept his own fluid sexuality, it sets something in motion in their lives that is both beautiful and tragic as they learn to love each other for who they are. Continue reading

60 Seconds with Judy H

About Judy H

Judy H QAJudy H. is a romantic at heart, but she likes a little mystery and even a bit of danger in her books.  She wants her stories filled with hot, heavy passion, blistering sex and flawed characters you like to root for and sometimes hit upside the head!

Her heroines are smart, savvy, and self-sufficient.  Her heroes have to be strong, somewhat mysterious, and maybe even a tad dangerous.  When her hero and heroine meet, spontaneous combustion occurs.

She’s a southern girl who enjoys cooking and eating, reading, and of course writing. She keeps a digital recorder by her bedside and in her purse because she never knows when an idea will strike, and she has to be ready to answer the call whenever it comes.

Describe yourself in five words or less.

Tenacious, fun, grounded, creative and resilient.

Favorite writing place. 

My back porch.

What are 5 things you must have with you when you write?

My laptop, a little background noise, something to drink (not the hard stuff, lol; just something to wet my whistle), my cell phone nearby, and a digital recorder (because sometimes my mind thinks faster than I can type).

Can you tell us a little about your book?

Hot, Deadly Desire is what I like to call an erotic romantic suspense.  It’s about a tough, haunted police detective, Cinnamon, tracking a sadistic serial killer who’s just killed her best friend, and the too-good-to-be-true man (Dane), she picks up in a bar.  They both agreed to a one-night stand; however, they quickly become entangled in hot steamy desire and heart-pounding danger.

Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

My phone.

Name three things on your desk right now. Continue reading

A Quick Chat with Kailee Reese Samuels

Kailee Reece SamuelsWho is Kailee Reese Samuels?

Embracing diversity. Coffee addict. Mango lover. Blueberry fetishist. Sweet peach tea crazy. Red wine devout. Whiskey deviant. Tattooed & pierced. Loves shoes. Collects rosaries. Fanatical organizer/cleaner/list-maker. Never sleeps. Hermit and recluse.

Storyteller.

Kailee Reese Samuels has been spinning tales since she can remember. Her books are contemporary fiction with a no-holds-barred attitude. She adores listening to her characters ramble and putting them into situations that push the boundaries.

Creativity is the way to change.

I see from your bio that you collect rosaries. Why rosaries? 

*smiles* That is such an awesome question! I started collecting rosaries years ago when I was confirmed. This is not to say I am a strict Catholic, I am not. I embrace many forms of spirituality, I have studied Buddhism and Wiccan extensively. I am rather bohemian and try to walk in grace at all times.

Back in 2013, I almost died and I was very incoherent and out of it. I ended would clutch my rosary and japa mala— one in each hand. It was during that time that I decided if I came out of it I would write with the intent of publishing.

Six months later, I eventually recovered and I just started carrying the rosary and my laptop with me, they went hand-in-hand. The one I have used the most is one of those that you give children – My first rosary – it’s broken and a mess, but that is also why John bought it for me. So I didn’t ruin any of my precious collection. I have many antique ones and even one made from rose petals from Italy.

Let’s talk mangoes for a bit. I am originally from the Caribbean and mangoes were a staple. Which variety is your favorite? Do you make any special dishes with them or do you eat it raw?

I am not well versed in the variety of mangoes, sadly. Living in Texas, they are usually always available in the markets. I love them raw, but I have also been known to cook with them. In the summertime I always make fresh preserves to can  – strawberry, cherry, blueberry, apricot, peach – last time I did it, I made a batch of mango. Oh my, it was tasty! We have used it on everything from toast to chicken and fish dishes. I can never have too much mango. I adore the mango!

Since you enjoy making lists… share the top 5 things you like doing when you are not writing. Continue reading