She has to overcome a lifetime of secrets…the shock of discovery. He must protect a treasure that has turned passion to hate… reason to incoherence. Poisoned by danger, intrigue, lust, and greed…their very survival is in the balance. Can they endure the conspiracy and find love? And if they do…will it be enough?
Genre:Romantic Suspense, Thriller Published by: Electric Prose Publications Publication Date: February 7, 2017 Number of Pages: 183 ISBN: 978-1-63587-971-1 Series: La Fortuna DeVitis #1 Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Goodreads
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A coughing sound engaged Franco’s training and he had her on the ground beneath him before the second shot was fired. The roast chicken exploded, sending shredded meat across the table and raining over them. Nici’s eyes were wide with fear. “What?” “Stay down. Don’t move.” He crawled off her, reaching for his piece as he positioned himself between the car and the table. From the trajectory of the shots, Franco figured the shooter had gone high, probably sitting in a tree to the south of their position. If Nic stayed down on the ground between the table and the Jeep she should be out of his range. But he had no intention of leaving her there. He needed to get her into the car and out of that park as fast as he could. Another shot sighed past, hitting the side of the car. Behind him, Nic yelped and he was afraid she’d been hit. “You all right?” “Other than peeing myself? I’m just dandy. You need to get down, Franco. You’re going to get shot.” He couldn’t help smiling as his gaze slid slowly along the perimeter. “I’m the bodyguard, remember? I’m the one who’s supposed to get shot.” “Don’t even joke about that.” There! A dark form shifted between the branches of a tree, seventy-five yards away. Franco dived to the ground as three rounds peppered the table, spewing food in a messy arc around them. “Damn! This guy’s good.” “Well yeah, I can see he’s really pissed off at that potato salad.” Franco barked out a laugh. “Keep it down back there. I’m trying to concentrate.” “Well can you hurry? I really do have to pee and I’m thinking you don’t want me to squat right here.” The words were light but her voice quavered with fear. He nodded. “You’re right. Let’s quit screwing around with these jerks. When I say ‘go’, I want you to roll over to the car and slide underneath it. Move as quickly as you can to the other side and climb in. Keep your head down.” “What about you?” “I’ll be right behind you.” “Okay.” Franco lifted his head so he could see the guy in the tree. He hadn’t moved. He scanned the roads around the park and saw they were empty. Then he checked his magazine and found it half full. Hopefully it would be enough because his spare ammo was in the canvas bag in the back of the Jeep. He’d beat himself up for his carelessness later. At the moment he had bigger problems. The SUV he’d seen driving past had pulled into position on the opposite side of the park, pinning them in. “Franco?” He slid back down, assessing his options. “No good. They’ve got the other side of the car covered now.” She sighed so long and hard he glanced her way. She was glaring at him. “I told you I needed my gun.” He shook his head, thinking fast. There had to be some way… Franco shoved at the picnic table but it was bolted down. Too bad, he thought, it would have made a good shield while they climbed into the car. His gaze caught on the trash can beside the table. It was metal, hopefully filled with a nice depth of neutralizing trash. It wasn’t much but it was the best chance they had. “Okay, new plan. I’m going to lay down cover fire while you climb into the Jeep on this side. Lie down on the floor in the back.” “Then how are you going to get in?” “I’m going to use that trash can as a shield.” Silence met his statement. “While shooting, opening the car door, and driving away?” “I didn’t say it was a good plan.” “Here’s a better one. Give me the gun. I’ll provide cover while you grab the can and we can both use it to get into the car.” “Not a chance.” “Dammit, Franco! What’s the point in my having all this self-defense training if nobody will let me use it?” “That’s a last ditch plan.” “This is about as last ditch as it gets, homey.” He scrubbed a hand over his face. “I just gained new respect for your brother. If I was him I’d have introduced you to the nuclear wedgie at an early age.” “Give me the gun, Franco.” He would have liked to blow a hole in her plan. Unfortunately it was better than his. Dammit! “Okay. But try not to shoot me with it.” She took the gun, ejected the mag like an expert, checked the rounds and slammed it back home. Then she sat up and slid across the grass to the table, peering over it. “That’s the shooter up there?” “Yeah. You won’t be able to hit him but…” Nic settled the muzzle of the gun onto the table and closed one eye. “You shouldn’t close your eye…” “Shut up, this works for me.” “Okay, whatever, shoot the bad guy in the tree. Not the good guy sprinting toward the can. Got it?” “Shoot the mouthy bodynapper with the can and gain myself some peace and quiet. Got it.” “Lord help me.” “Just go already, before these guys get restless.” Right on cue, the Jeep jerked under a fresh round of bullets from the SUV. Franco glanced over the hood and saw that they were on the move. “The SUV’s coming on. We’ve got to do this now.” “That’s what I said,” Nic murmured. She fired into the tree and Franco took off running. Several more rounds sizzled through the air as he threw himself to the ground behind the can, some of them heading for him. The can jerked under a couple of rounds, one of which went in high and passed straight through.
There was a yelp behind him. Panic flared. “Nic?” “I’m fine. He just stomped on my last nerve.” Franco grabbed the can and hunkered behind it as a fresh round of bullets slammed through the air toward the shooter in the tree. There was a yelp and a rifle pinwheeled through the air to the ground, followed by the darkly clad shooter. “Well, damn.” “Lose the can, Martin. Here come the bad guys.” She opened the door and threw herself inside as the SUV barreled toward them, a gun sticking out of the front passenger side window. Franco flung himself into the Jeep, trying to keep low as he clambered into the driver’s seat, and turned the key, gunning it forward as soon as the engine caught. Bullets continued to ping off the metal sides and back. A back window shattered and glass sprayed over them. Franco headed for a copse of massive evergreens, figuring the guys in the SUV would have a harder time hitting them with a bunch of trees around. They slipped under the drooping branches and the shower of bullets stopped as they barreled across a thick carpet of dried needles. The sharp tang of evergreen filled the car as he took a turn on two wheels and headed toward the back of the park, keeping sight of the SUV driving alongside the thicket. The big car was managing to stay even with them and the occasional tree trunk exploded under a wayward bullet. Nici’s head popped up. “Stay down.” “Hit the street, there’s a delivery truck backing out of that driveway there.” She was right. If they could tuck in behind the truck… “Hold on!” He jerked the wheel hard right and the passenger side door squealed as it scraped along a row of trunks with prickly branches. They emerged from the evergreen copse and hit a sidewalk, heading straight for a hydrant. “Franco!” He jumped as she squealed. “Stop that! You scared the crap out of me.” He jerked the wheel and the car missed the hydrant by inches, heading for a fat gray squirrel holding an acorn, its shiny brown eyes wide. “Franco!” “Oh for god sakes!” He jerked the wheel again, barely missing the stupid rodent, and they dropped with a bang of tortured suspension into the street just as the boxy white truck started toward the intersection. Franco tucked the Jeep in on the opposite side of it, blocking them from the SUV’s view, and took the first turn into a large subdivision as the truck lumbered on down the street. A few quick turns later brought them out of the subdivision and Franco headed for the highway, the SUV nowhere in sight.
USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever writes romantic paranormal/fantasy and mystery/suspense, creating stories that celebrate the joy of love in all its forms. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books and has been writing for over a decade under several noms de plume.
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Today is the cover reveal for All That Glitters by Tracy Krimmer. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The cover is designed by K Creative Designs. All That Glitters (Songs of the Heart #1) By Tracy Krimmer Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction Age category: Adult Release Date: summer 2017
Blurb: Country-music star, Dory Walker, never wanted to come back to the small town of Sycamore Bay. But after her fairy-tale life is flipped upside down, and her marriage becomes a casualty, she has no choice. Harris Malone is a man with few commitments. He keeps a low profile most days while he cares for his young daughter and helps run his dad’s hardware store. But when he and Dory run into each other at the local gas station, all either can think about is the searing kiss they shared many years ago. Can a woman who only wants to rekindle her career and a man who enjoys a no-strings attached lifestyle find everlasting love?
You can find All That Glitters on Goodreads About the Author: Tracy's love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She's been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees. You can find and contact Tracy here: - Website - Twitter - Facebook - Goodreads - Amazon - Instagram - Newsletter
Ellie Collins has always been good at hiding her emotions, but when they threaten to overwhelm her, she channels them into her work. After leaving behind the first person to capture her heart, Ellie’s heartbreak leaves her more motivated than ever before. She has one more job to take care of and nothing left to lose.
Alex King is determined and stubborn. Unable to walk away from the woman who’s left him dazed, his life is about to get crazier than ever. Through the thick fog of deception, both Ellie and Alex have a decision to make that will change their lives forever. They can only hope that their choices are not taken from them before it’s too late.
When the moves are made and the positions set, who will finally deliver checkmate?
Rose Sawyer currently lives on campus full time while working on her undergraduate degree in Biblical and Religious studies with an emphasis on Religion and Sociology in California, where she was born and raised. On weekends, she travels home to see her parents and the gaggle of cats, dogs, horses and other four-legged animals that she loves.
At 19, she has written seven romance novels, is currently writing two more and has another two in the process of being published. The majority of her novels can be found at Wattpad.com, where they are available to read for free.
The only heart he wants is the one he already broke...
The Renegades #2
Releasing February 20th, 2017
The only heart he wants is the one
he already broke...
Renegade they call Nova.
gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.
X Games medalist—
They say a girl broke him once—
That's why he's so reckless, so
driven, so careless with his conquests.
call me his curse all they want.
He and I
both know the truth—
one who destroyed me,
not the sucker who will let that happen again.
***NOVA can be read as a
a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She
is the author of the Flight & Glory series, which includes Full Measures,
the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What Is Given, and Hallowed
Ground. She loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for
she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in
some guitar time, or watching Brat Pack movies with her two daughters. She
lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle
of kids, and an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet. They recently
adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is
passionate about helping others do the same.
Today we have the release day blitz for Entwined by Lacey Black! Check out this sexy new contemporary romance and grab your copy today!
10 years. 3,650 days. 87,600 hours.
That’s how long it has been since I saw my best friend. But who’s counting? Walking away from Luke Thomas was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but the choice was out of my hands. I left Las Vegas a seventeen-year-old girl, afraid and alone, and returned about the same. I was forced into a situation I didn’t want to be in. Until that day. I haven’t seen him in ten long years, but one look at the man he became and that killer smile, and I knew I would never be the same.
Life goes on.
I learned that valuable piece of information at a young age, but sometimes a memory creeps up and smacks me square in the face. Or more accurately, a person. The day my best friend walked away was the day I realized I’d never be the same. My life became work, family, and women, and I was doing great. Then she walked back into my life. One look at the grown-version of Sidney Rogen leaves me breathless and yearning for more.
But love is never easy.
And our love story isn’t perfect.
In a heartbeat, one person can wrap around you so tightly, you’re entwined forever. That’s our love.
10 years ago
“So, I’m sure you see why I think we should break up, right? I mean, we’re both heading off to college soon, and I want to experience everything that college life has to offer.”
I gape at Jessica, my girlfriend for the past five months. Wants to experience everything? That’s code for ‘wants to sleep around.’ I’m a dude. I know.
“And you just had to do this tonight?” I ask, looking back at the doorway that leads inside my house. The same house where my entire family and a good amount of my friends are gathered to celebrate my high school graduation.
“Well, I just thought it was best to cut the cord now, you know? Like…just do it.”
“Whatever, Jess. If you want to break up now, that’s fine.”
“Really?” she asks, twirling her long brown hair around her pointer finger. “You’re gonna be okay?” She gives me those big brown, puppy dog eyes that won over my heart–and my dick–during Christmas break.
I’ve known this moment was coming since I started dating Jessica. I didn’t see anything long-term developing with her. Call me an asshole, but I knew she was just someone to help me pass the time during my final year of high school. But I also knew going into this that she felt the same way. I guess, in a way, we both used each other to keep ourselves company until we moved on to the next stage in our lives.
“I’m going to be fine, Jess. We both knew it was coming to this eventually, right?”
She continues to twirl her hair around her fingers. Why had I never noticed how fucking annoying that was? “Listen, we had a great time. If you’re ever in the Seattle area, look me up, ‘kay? We can maybe spend some time together for ol’ times’ sake.” Her smile tells me exactly what her comment means. She’s looking to hook up again if I’m ever close to where she’s attending college.
“Maybe,” I reply with a shrug.
As much fun as I’ve had with Jess in the last few months, I don’t see myself reaching out to her anytime in the future. The sex has always been all right, but nothing I see myself driving upwards of eighteen hours to get. There’s plenty of mediocre ass left in Vegas if I’m that desperate for a hook up. And, honestly, as an eighteen-year-old red-blooded male on the verge of experiencing college life, I’m pretty sure I’ll have no problem moving forward from here.
“Bye, Luke. It’s been fun,” she says before placing her full lips against mine. The kiss is brief, closed mouth, and lacks the usual tongue and groping we generally partake in. This kiss is goodbye.
I watch as she walks away, heading around the side of the house so she doesn’t have to go back the way she came; where my entire family celebrates. Gazing out over the darkened backyard, it’s not lost on me that there’s no going back from here. That I’m finally leaving the only home I’ve ever known. I’ve graduated high school, will start UNLV in a couple of months, and will finally be out from under the controlling thumb of my mother. Ever since I was younger, Blake and I chalked it up to me being the baby of the family for her ever-present hovering and involvement in my life.
It’s time for me to grow up and experience life.
And I’m starting it without a girlfriend.
The slightest sound of something thumping against wood pulls my attention away from the emptiness of night and towards the small fort in the back corner of the yard. Built ten years ago out of pieces of scrap wood we’d find around the neighborhood, the fort was my brother’s and my escape from the house. We’d spend hours upon hours in that thing, playing with GI Joes, having Nerf gun wars, and when we were older, sneaking off to steal our first kisses.
But I know the noise coming from inside isn’t from my brother. There’s only one person who still uses that fort: our neighbor, Sidney.
About Lacey Black:
Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading, writing, and shopping. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves watching NASCAR races, shooting guns, and should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.
Lacey’s debut novel, Trust Me, was released in August 2014 and has been a Bestseller twice for Free e-books, including #3 on Amazon and #2 on iBooks, as well as #1 for Contemporary Romance. Submerged also made her an International Bestseller in the summer of 2016.
Review: The Best Goodbye - Book #12 Rosemary Beach Series - Abbi Glines - December 2015
If I had to pick a series that would be one of my favorites or at least in my Top Five lists, it
would have to be the Rosemary Beach series as everytime I read one of those books; I get happy as I get to catch up with
the characters from previous books. I
love how everything just connects. In The
Best Goodbye it tells the rocky love tale of Captain aka River Kipling -
Remember River is Blaire's half brother that has come onto the scene in Mase
and Reece's stories and Rose aka Addy. Years ago,
these two met when Addy was placed in a
foster home run by River's mother at the time.
She fell in love with River over the years,
and he loved her too - more than siblings, these two were meant to be together.
The pair as they get older, eventually sleep
together and then tragedy strikes and Addy ends up in the hospital and alone.
Years pass and the two lose contact,
River who now goes by the name Captain believes his Addy died. The truth is
Addy known now as Rose escaped and had a baby girl - Captain's daughter. Her
daughter keeps asking about meeting her father, so Rose goes to work for
Captain to see if he is worthy of her daughter's love or whether he will hurt
and destroy her. There is something about Rose that Captain can't put his
finger on as she is secretive, but she
reminds him of someone, what will happen
when the pair start spending time together,
and Captain discovers the truth of who Rose is and what she's been hiding from
him all these years? Is Captain ready to
be a father or more so does he believe he deserves to be one especially after
he has spent most of his life as a mercenary?
Will the Best Goodbye have Captain saying Goodbye to his past and moving
forward to his future or will Rose not find him worthy of gaining her
daughter's trust and love as she has done everything in her power to protect
her daughter from the life she lived and experienced?
Find out in another amazing book in the series Rosemary Beach. A series that
everyone should add to their must-read lists as if you love New Adult books,
this series will not disappoint.
Review: Yours and Mine - Book #2 Freshman Forty Series - Christine Duval - February 2017
A year ago Laurel and Danny had a one night stand; it could have been more as Danny thought
that he and Laurel had connected. A year ago, they went their separate ways, and Danny never heard from Laurel again.
That is until now when Laurel turns up with a baby on Danny's doorstep. It turns out that Laurel got pregnant that
night and disappeared to have a baby - Danny's baby. Now Laurel is back with
papers for Danny to sign, to relinquish
his parenting rights of his little girl. The thing is though that Danny isn't
the type of guy to dump and run and he wants to be in his daughter's life.
Something that Laurel never expected he would choose. Forced to play another
card, Laurel ends up taking Danny to court and this part I liked was that the
judge ruled in a shared custody arrangement of Laurel coming to spend time with
Danny and the baby and vice versa. The pair agrees
to give it a go, and soon Danny finds
himself loving the role of being a father to his daughter. The thing though is
it is also giving him time to spend with Laurel,
but she has an on/off again boyfriend Mike who is a bit of a player. I have to
admit I loved the character of Danny and how he was stepping up to the plate
but I wasn't keen on Laurel as I wanted to slap her and say Wake, Up look
around and stop wasting your time on Mike and making stupid decisions. I also
found Laurel quite a selfish character whereas Danny was prepared to make
everything work including doing his studies online and working to help provide.
I am hoping that there will be another
one in this series where we will finally and hopefully get our HEA with Danny,
Laurel becoming an actual family.
Yours and Mine was a fast-paced read that kept the reader's attention as you wanted more of a
Laurel/Danny dynamic and hoped that she would put on her big-girl panties and
go for Danny, not Mike, the player.