Dangerous Mate by Cecilia Lane

Dangerous Mate coverTitle: Dangerous Mate (Shifters of Bear’s Den, #2) by Cecilia Lane
Publication date: January 10th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis

A Bear spoiling for a brawl.
Cole Strathorn fights fires. That’s all he’s ever wanted to do. He thrives on danger and protecting his clan. No one would mistake the six-foot-four, gruff bear shifter for a freaking baby sitter. But that’s exactly what he’s become thanks to an assignment from the town’s mayor. Cole’s new job requires him to keep an eye on the government scientist who has arrived in Bearden to study the shifters.

Cole expects a clichéd nerd with horn-rimmed glasses and a pocket protector, but he’s pleasantly surprised to find his charge is a lovely, curvy and very appealing woman. A woman who smells like she might be more than an assignment. The shy but brilliant scientist might even be his mate. Her addicting scent certainly arouses his bear.

A head for science, but a body for research.
Rylee Garland has come to Bearden to work. She doesn’t have time for distractions or bossy bodyguards, even if they’re tall, dark and gorgeous. She’s determined to ignore the tension sizzling between her and Cole. Her reputation hangs in the balance. If she doesn’t solve the mysteries swirling around the small town, she can forget about keeping her job.

But it grows harder to resist Cole’s charm. One wicked-hot kiss leads to another. Is Cole for real? Or is he just using his seduction skills to get information? Rylee’s had enough heartache for one lifetime and the deeper she falls for Cole, the more she worries he might not be what he seems.

A war brews.
While Rylee and Cole fight their attraction, sinister forces gather in the town of Bearden. The government might want information about the shifters, but there are others that seek something darker: total shifter eradication. The threat lurks, and the menace is real. Rylee and Cole must set aside fear and desire and join forces if they hope to save the shifters of Bearden.

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Step into the world of Shifting Destinies, where the men and women you meet might just be a little more than human. Their towns are protected by magic, and their hearts are open and ready for love. But watch your step – more than darkness lurks in the shadows. Continue reading

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Carey Decevito Presents, Night Shift

Night Shift coverTitle: Night Shift (Nightshade, #2) by Carey Decevito
Publication date: January 9th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis

A serial killer…

A past that haunts no matter how much the distance…

Which one will strike first?

Eighteen deaths over eight years has left Shane Peters itching to find his mark. The death that started it all ensured his obsession with the murderer who had turned his life into a living hell, leaving him to raise a newborn daughter on his own.

Starting over wasn’t the easiest thing, but Emberlyn Roth had managed by shear grit and the skin of her teeth. It’s too bad one can’t outrun their past.

A protector of the wronged, Shane is torn between his duty as a detective for the Jacksonville PD and a quest to find himself some peace. Red tape binds his capabilities and moonlighting as an investigator for Nightshade Securities has him feeling stretched thin. Late nights on the streets and his sense of duty keeps him from being the father he wants to be. Throw onto his already rickety house of cards, an attraction to the mysterious Emberlyn, the lead he’s got on the murderer he’s been hunting for nearly a decade, and threats his woman is receiving by an unsavory character from her past, and he’s seriously tempted to take Dalton Kipper’s offer to join his team in a permanent basis.

Rules have a place, but when you’re faced with losing the one that means most to you, lines can become blurred. With the fate of his family’s future hanging in the balance, he’s ready to risk it all. Continue reading

Under His Skin by Hayes and Haney

Under his skin coverUnder His Skin by S.I. Hayes and J. Haney
Genre: Contemporary Romance with a twist of Suspense

Synopsis

At twenty-six Dorian Gallagher has it all. Money, power, he’s used to fast cars and faster women. He gets what he wants when he wants it. Being put in charge of the build for the Gallagher family’s newest theme park has dropped him in Tennessee.

Bored out of his mind he decides to go get some new ink and finds himself face to face with a beautiful woman who doesn’t know his famous last name. Can he charm this dark beauty, or will she just stick him and run?

Charlotte (Charlie) Herrick is a free spirit. She drives a big truck, rides a motorcycle and carries a gun. All while dancing around in the layers of tulle that make up her usual cheek-baring tutus. Her life was hers. Until she meets Dorian Gallagher, now she doesn’t know which way is up and life has become something more than just the shop, fishin’ and moonshine. He says he’s just here for the year, so she convinces herself it’s just a fling.

Can she stay true to her convictions or will this Amusement Park Prince finally get his princess?

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Escape Claws A Cat Lady Mystery by Linda Reilly

Escape Claws Linda ReillyEscape Claws A Cat Lady Mystery by Linda Reilly
Genre: Cozy Mystery
204 pages

Synopsis

Here, killer, killer, killer . . .

For the first time in sixteen years, Lara Caphart has returned to her hometown of Whisker Jog, New Hampshire. She wants to reconnect with her estranged Aunt Fran, who’s having some difficulty looking after herself—and her eleven cats. Taking care of a clowder of kitties is easy, but keeping Fran from being harassed by local bully Theo Barnes is hard. The wealthy builder has his sights set on Fran’s property and is determined to make her an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.

Then Lara spots a blue-eyed ragdoll cat that she swears is the reincarnation of her beloved Blue, her childhood pet. Pursuing the feline to the edge of Fran’s yard, she stumbles upon the body of Theo Barnes, clearly a victim of foul play. To get her and Fran off the suspect list, Lara finds herself following the cat’s clues in search of a killer. Is Blue’s ghost really trying to help her solve a murder, or has Lara inhaled too much catnip? Continue reading

Introducing Mary J Williams, author

Mary J Williams novelWhat is a typical day like for you?

I wish I could say an author’s life is filled with endless excitement. The truth? I spend most of my time alone with my characters. Not that I have anything to complain about. I love what I do. And because I hate to fly, I get to take trips on a whim, around the world, to exotic locations, all from the comfort of my own home.

What are you currently reading?

I don’t read as much as I did before I started writing. So I’m much pickier when I do sit down with a book. At the moment, I’m in the middle of Secrets in Death by J. D. Robb. I’ve read all the books in the series. Eve and Roarke are my favorite couple of all time. Who doesn’t love a kick-ass woman and a man who stands right beside her through thick and thin?

What are you working on now?

I’m in the middle of the first book in a new series. I like to do a series every year—three to five books. I’ve done athletes and billionaires and movie moguls and rock stars.

My new series, The Sisters Quartet, takes place in New York City. Four standalone books with a central villain the sisters have to take down. Four happy endings.

The first book, One of These Days, will be out in February. Two of A Kind in April. Three Wishes in June. And Four Simple Words in August. I like to do one standalone novel each year. And a Christmas novella. Continue reading

Bennett, by Sybil Bartel

Bennett Sybil BartelTitle: Bennett (Uncompromising #4) by Sybil Bartel
Publication date: December 19th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

Being the drummer for the hottest new rock band should’ve been a dream come true. Sold out shows, women, more money than I deserved…

But I didn’t want any of it.

The fame sucked, the money was a burden and I’d given away my only chance at ever having her—my best friend’s sister.

I wasn’t supposed to touch her. My best friend made me swear I wouldn’t. Then he was deployed, and he told me to look out for her. Except being around her while still keeping my distance was slowly killing me. Touring with the band should’ve been the perfect escape… Until I fucked up.

I fucked up so bad, she was half-conscious in my arms, fighting for her life.

* Bennett is the fourth standalone book in the Uncompromising Series.

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Neil
Andre
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Queen of Corona by Esterhazy

Queen of Corona book cover Title: Queen of Corona by Esterhazy
Publication date: December 15th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis:

Queen of a Corona delves into the mind of a young American adult growing up in today’s multicultural society. It is a human look at contemporary existence “from the bottom of the barrel.”

It tells the story of a high school senior who is running after a student protest ends in tragedy. She is ushered onto an airplane by her mother, headed back to the land of her ancestors for the first time in her life.

Her journey is both a way of escaping a seemingly dead-end existence and a chance at rediscovering herself by stepping outside the confines of societal standards.

Queen of Corona is a coming-of-age novel in a dangerous age, in the age of Trump and all the forces stirring with and against the American president. Continue reading

A simple approach to writing with Justine Avery

Justine Avery One ApartDescribe your writing style

My process is very simple: start with a tiny story idea, the simpler and less-detailed, the better.  Then, I start writing the story from the beginning. I never know how my stories are going to end up—and for me, that’s the whole fun of it. That’s why I write!

Every story’s an adventure, a mystery, an experience waiting to unfold. That’s the whole appeal for me. If I’m not having fun writing a story, I imagine no one else is going to enjoy reading it.

No outlines exist for my stories. My stories aren’t planned; they’re dreamed. At most, I may get flooded with ideas for a story while writing it, then have to keep up by jotting them all down and maybe needing to put them in chronological order to refer to them later. But I’ve found I’m not happiest with even “fun ideas” in a little list to write into the story; that’s when creative writing turns into academic writing, for me, with a pre-determined end goal, and all the fun is sucked out of it.

Describe yourself in 5 words

Optimistic, driven, curious, adventurous, smiley! Continue reading

From Horseback Riding to Honky-Tonking with Mikel J Wilson

Mikel J Wilson blog tourMystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson shares his top ten things to do when you visit Tennessee.

  1.  Go honky-tonking in Nashville. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve stumbled down Broadway in Downtown Nashville, barhopping. Okay, I haven’t really stumbled, but no one could blame me if I did have too much to drink in this incredibly fun center of Music City. Any night of the week, you can enter bar after bar, playing wonderful live music from established artists and up-and-comers.
  2. Rent a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains. I love waking up in one of the many cabins that abut the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and looking out the inevitable picture window to see the eponymous mist snaking around the mountains. Of course, anyone on the other side of that window is probably wondering why I’m standing there naked. It’s no wonder that this is America’s most visited national park.
  3. Visit Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. I love [the] artist and humanitarian Dolly Parton. She is the Smoky Mountains, and her theme park is a tribute to her legacy and the heritage of the region where her story began. The park has the wonderful Dolly museum, artisans demonstrating their crafts and exciting rides, including the Lightning Rod wooden rollercoaster, which I did not throw up on. (That picture was totally PhotoShopped.)
  4. Barhop on Beale Street in Memphis. The historic two-block Home of the Blues offers great food, drinks, and live music. Okay, I’ve never actually been to Memphis, unless you count riding through on a Greyhound bus, but I had to get the state’s most populous city into the mix. This activity is on my list to do the next time I’m in Tennessee.
  5. Take a helicopter ride over Gatlinburg. Now, this I have done. My father and stepmom took me and my brother to Gatlinburg when I was 12 or thereabouts and gave us our first helicopter ride. I loved being so high in the air, which is why I took up skydiving years later.
  6. Visit Reelfoot Lake State Park in Tiptonville. Formed in the 1800’s, when massive tremors in the earthquake hot zones of Arkansas and Missouri (?!) caused the Mighty Mississippi to run backward. Reelfoot Lake is the state’s most unique ecosystem and the surest place to spot bald eagles in the wild.
  7. Raft the whitewater rapids on the Pigeon River. This excursion is a super-fun way to see the Smokies. You will definitely get wet, which is great because if you really, really have to pee, no one will notice.
  8. Hike up Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga. Second only to the Smoky Mountains, the views from this vantage point are incredible. It’s a great place to hike, visit a Civil War museum or make out with your date – although the people shouting, “Eww!” when I went the last time weren’t enjoying it so much.
  9. Eat some genuine Nashville hot chicken and dry-rub barbecue. You can’t visit Nashville without sampling some of the city’s now-iconic dishes – hot chicken and dry-rub barbecue. Several restaurants in the area serve them, but my favorites are Hattie B’s for the chicken and Peg Leg Porker for the barbecue. FYI, wiping your tongue with a paper napkin doesn’t seem to cool it down at all.
  10. Go horseback riding through Cedars of Lebanon State Park. I had to get my hometown on this list, and riding horses through the cedar forest that inspired the town’s name is a perfect way to spend an afternoon in Lebanon. When you’re done, head over to Snow White for the best banana shakes you’ll ever strain to suck through a straw.

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Ken La Salle Presents, Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers

An Intention of Flowers is the first book in a 5-book series, modestly titled Work of Art, about growing into the person you always wanted to be, making the most of what you have to give and not just what you have, and the power in each of us when we chose to be ourselves.

Work of Art coverTitle: Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers by Ken La Salle
Genre: YA / Contemporary Fiction

Synopsis

Oily pavement.

Thick tempera paint.

A parking lot filled with history, fear, and regret.

A young man named Joseph Arillo sits in the parking lot and paints the pavement with flowers.

And Andy Hollis steps in it.

As the new art teacher at Santa Ana High School, he’s too curious about Joseph’s Flowers and unravels both of their lives in his pursuit for answers.

He learns that it’s all part of a rite of passage, an absurd test started by Joseph Arillo’s father, the suspiciously world-renowned artist named only Tom. Which also connects to the drama teacher at Santa Ana High, Katie Bustos. Whose daughter, Desiree, may or may not be dating Joseph. Who is putting himself in danger from a local gang, the lot’s mysterious history, and the police.

Andy puts himself in danger of losing his job, his home, and his freedom. If he can’t solve the riddle of Joseph’s Flowers, both of their lives will go up in smoke – despite any help from Winny, the old, Slovakian bureaucrat at school, or his students, or Tom himself.

But is Tom trying to help? And is Joseph really up to his father’s test?

And is Andy really fit to be a teacher? He doesn’t understand kids, can’t get to school on time, and… doesn’t appear to care about art or families or anything. But Joseph’s Flowers will challenge everything Andy believes: about himself, about the world, and most importantly of all about art.

Before Andy and Joseph are finished, they will witness the power art has to provide inspiration, to waken our hearts, and to shatter everything you ever believed about humanity. Continue reading