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Release Blitz: ‘Beautiful March’ by Christy Pastore

Beautiful March by Christy Pastore




Getting dumped sucks. Getting dumped by your boyfriend days before your best friend’s wedding? It doesn’t get much worse.

Did I mention that the guy who cut me loose was country music’s number one rising star?

And my client.

I thought I was walking into a proposal. Instead, I crashed right into humiliation—dumped and fired.

The silver lining? In a restaurant, there’s plenty of wine to drown my feelings.

In strolls Tyler Nichols, the restaurant owner. He’s charming, handsome and does a good job of trying to make me feel better.

A really good job. Sharing my heartbreak with a beautiful stranger is the last thing that I expected.
Turns out, Tyler Nichols is my ex’s best friend. And according to the local gossips—mainly my cousin—he’s got a mysterious past.

No worries, I’m the gal with everything going for her—great job, fabulous apartment and a glamorous life half way across the country in sunny Los Angeles—far away from my hometown and my family’s bourbon empire. I’ll be leaving after the weekend wedding festivities.

That is until my best friend, Sage, finds herself in a jam and needs my help before jetting off on her honeymoon.

So, I’m staying in Mayfield a little longer than anticipated. In just a few short weeks, I’ll march my happy ass back to the West Coast, far away from Tyler’s smoldering gaze and his panty-melting smile. And the chemistry between us that burns hotter than a hickory stump.

But the longer I’m in town, the harder it is to stay away from him. And maybe I don’t want to.


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Release Blitz: ‘Desperately Seeking Roommate’ by Micalea Smeltzer

Title: Desperately Seeking Roommate
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: April 26, 2019




  1. Don’t be a smoker. That’s gross.
  2. Don’t be a jerk. I have no time to deal with your mood swings.
  3. Clean up after yourself. Is it really so hard to put dirty clothes where they belong?

If you meet these qualifications, call me.


Desperately Seeking Roommate


When I put the ad in my university’s newspaper, the last thing I ever expect is for the star football player to respond.

From what I know of him, Abel Russo is a womanizer and an absolute jerk.

Sadly, he’s the only thing stopping me from being evicted by my annoyingly gleeful landlord.

It should be easy enough—there’s no chance we’ll fall for each other. But then he gives me lingering looks, and I might just be looking back.

All I wanted was a roommate, but I’m about to get so much more than I bargained for.


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Abel’s lips turn up but he doesn’t take his eyes off the road. “Like what you see, Blondie?”

My cheeks redden at being caught, but I stick my chin haughtily into the air unwilling to cower at being called out. “Maybe there’s a bug on your face.”

That smile of his widens. “There’s not.”

“So confident,” I mutter, crossing my arms over my chest and staring out the windshield.

“Why wouldn’t I be? You kissed me.”

“I kissed you back, big difference.” I kick my flip-flops off and rest my bare feet on the dashboard.

“Kissing back is still kissing.”

“Ugh,” I toss my hands up, “you’re impossible.”

“Impossibly handsome? Charming? Irresistible? All three? Definitely all three.” He answers his own question.


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Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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Release Blitz: ‘The Perfect First’ by Maya Hughes

Title: The Perfect First

Author: Maya Hughes

Genre: New Adult Romance

Cover Design: Najla Qamber, Qamber Designs

Release Date: April 25, 2019


“How long do you last in bed?” Those were her first words to me, swiftly followed up with, “And how big would you say you are?”

Cue the record scratching, what?!

Persephone Alexander. Math genius. Lover of blazers. The only girl I know who can make Heidi braids look sexy as hell. And she’s on a mission. Lose her virginity by the end of the semester.

I walked in on her interview session for potential candidates (who even does that?) and saw straight through her brave front. She’s got a list of Firsts to accomplish like she’s only got months to live. I’ve decided to be her guide for all her firsts except one. Someone’s got to keep her out of trouble. I have one rule, no sex. We even shook on it.

I’ll help her find the right guy for the job. Someone like her doesn’t need someone like me and my massive…baggage for her first time.

Drinking at a bar. Check.

Partying all night. Double check.

Skinny dipping. Triple check.

She’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met. The walls I’d put up around my heart are slowly crumbling with each touch that sets fire to my soul.

I’m the first to bend the rules. One electrifying kiss changes everything and suddenly I don’t want to be her first, I want to be her only. But her plan was written before I came onto the scene and now I’m determined to get her to re-write her future with me.




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Maya Hughes can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest
fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.


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Author Interview: ‘Down in the Belly of the Whale’ by Kelley Kay Bowles

About the Book:

About friendships and family. For fans of LM Montgomery & Anne Shirley. Irrepressible, irresistible. Modern, classic.

Harper Southwood is a teenage girl who can sense when people will get sick—but so what? She can’t predict her best friend’s depression or her mother’s impending health crisis. Being helpful is all Harper ever wanted, but she feels helpless in the face of real adversity. Now, she’s got a chance to summon her courage and use her wits to fight for justice. Laugh and cry along with this cute, high-spirited teen in her astonishing journey of self-discovery, as she learns that compassion and internal strength are her real gifts, her true superpower.

What people are saying:

“Bowles . . . clearly understands the world of young adults. Her depiction of Harper—her anxieties and excitability; her inner and outer personas; her heightened sense of the importance of “now”—cannot fail to pull readers into a teen mindset. The story is increasingly dark, yet in the telling it neither wallows nor depresses. Harper is allowed strength in her vulnerability. For all her isolation, it is her empathy that makes her special. There is a message here but not one that is pushed beyond the pale. Bowles writes to engage and to confront yet always seemingly with the intent to uplift. The resulting novel, far from being a leaden treatise on teen suffering, spurns literary pretensions and strives instead to include Harper’s generation of young adults and give this group its due. Girls especially will relate, but there is room here for everyone. A sage, vivacious tale of people set apart and brought together.” —Kirkus Reviews (a Kirkus recommended review)

“Bowles’ writing is lively and fun, yet still grounded and full of depth. . . . This is a wonderful book that cleverly explores some powerful and painful emotions.” —Victor Catano, best-selling author of Tail & Trouble

“Tackles sensitive social issues with heartfelt emotion and tender wit. . . . Well-drawn characters and themes exploring the mysterious power of the unseen infuse this inventive, revelatory novel.” —Kathleen Gerard, author of the novels The Thing Is, In Transit, and Cold Comfort

“I have lived through a trauma similar to one described in this book, and Kelley handles it in a careful, tactful, and compas-sionate manner. She illustrates good role models for healthy families as well as a gentle treatment of dysfunctional ones. . . . dense with activity and drama, dealing with difficult topics that are on a teenager’s mind in a sensitive manner that includes a good dose of humor and healing.” —Laura H Kelly, author, contributor to the anthology, Things We Haven’t Said

“An enjoyable and captivating read.” —Brian S. Leon, author of Havoc Rising

“Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes hopeful, always true . . . Down in the Belly of the Whale is Ordinary People for a new generation.” —Jason Parent, author of What Hides Within and Seeing Evil

“Humorous and harrowing, romantic and revealing, and an honest true-to-life lesson about being a teenager in this most interesting of times. . . . definitely a must read.” —Shawn Clingman, English/drama teacher and director, Grand Junction High School.

“A fast-paced, yet heartfelt account of an average teenager whose life takes a series of sudden and unexpected turns. . . . Possibly the most important aspect of Down in the Belly of the Whale, are the messages that it conveys. Some of these messages are to be brave, even when you think you cannot be, that you belong even when you think you do not, that the person you thought you loved is not the right person for you, and that high school anatomy is as awful as I has I remember it.” —Timmie Quitugua, librarian

“This book literally had me crying. It was really good! . . . I would totally recommend this book!” —Erin B., teenaged reviewer and book blogger, NetGalley


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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah (and in answer to your next question, no, I am not), but raised in a Western Colorado town called Grand Junction. Because I have MS and my body responds poorly to extremes in temperature (GJ gets really hot AND really cold), we moved to San Diego, The Finest City in America (it’s really called that!) and very temperate, in 2011. I have two sons—10 and 12 years old, and my husband is a high school teacher

I have always loved writing, the way words can be combined in so many ways to create so many feelings. Stories can go anywhere I want them to go. Unlike life, which is much harder to control. I’ve always liked messing around with words—stories for my Barbie dolls, captions for my yearbook—but I didn’t really start working on fictional stories and poems until my college creative writing class. I wrote a sci-fi story while listening to “Unforgiven” by Metallica (betcha didn’t know I was a Headbanger from way back), and my professor, Charles Clerc, thought it was good enough to enter it into an L. Ron Hubbard short story contest. I didn’t win, but the process of letting the story in the song inspire me to write a totally unrelated story was intoxicating.

I have loved writing since birth, practically. But I’ve only been writing to share since my first published short story—a horror story called “Wobegone” published in Crimson magazine in 2000. I’ve only been able to write full time since October of 2013.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I have a small “office”— AKA a chair—in the corner of my bedroom, complete with laptop and picture of my late father, bookseller extraordinaire. There is a schedule taped to the side of my dresser, laying out chunks of time for each writing project and each social media outlet. Seven days a week!

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I people-watch and eavesdrop. A lot.

In Death by Diploma, Emma was my college roommate and current friend, and Leslie is one of my closest friends and colleagues from Colorado. The other names are just random ones I pulled out of my…hat.

The storylines can come from anywhere, I guess—news, television, myths. I taught high school English and drama for twenty years, including mythology—one of my favorite classes to teach. You can get a lot of ideas from mythologies and fairy tales, plus it’s SO fun to tell those stories in the classroom.

POV is tough to decide. I experiment with it all the time—the Chalkboard Outlines series is third person attached, but the Foundation series (YA Paranormal) alters between first and third person. And the YA standalone Down in the Belly of the Whale is first person, present tense. I’ve never done second person—maybe that’ll be next!

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I am a total seat-of-my-pantser in that I am not organized at all. I wish I was. With the murder mysteries, I know the basics—who got killed (that happens in the prologue) and who killed them and why. All the other stuff I have to figure out as I go. For the YA, I start with the general idea of the character and what she or he wants the most and how I think they need to do to get it, and then…I go.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I write cozy murder mystery and young adult paranormal. I am obsessed with mysteries/thrillers in my reading, and…well…I taught English and Drama for like 20 years, and the high school world is very interesting, the voices, the issues, it’s a lot of fun trying to tap into that mindset in my writing. I think, when I’m finished with the Chalkboard Outlines cozy series I might try a paranormal mystery series. Or maybe a YA paranormal mystery series? Who knows what will happen? I have a narrative non-fiction book—humorous self-help memoir—I’m trying to get an agent for right now. Maybe I’ll go the David Sedaris route, only with chronic illness?

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I’ve been TRYING to get Melissa Benoist (Supergirl)’s attention for the past couple of years because I think she’d make a perfect Emma. Leslie’s tough: Charlize Theron? (we are dreaming big, right?) For the YA book Belly I need good teenage actors for Harper and Cora, but I really don’t know any teenage actors—got any ideas? I would love Sandra Bullock or Jennifer Garner to play Isabelle. Uncle Pasta is also tough—Ricky Gervais is funny but he’s too old. Same with Eddie Izzard. Sheesh.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

To Kill a Mockingbird is a perfect book, in my opinion. But there are so many others—books inspire me because of the way the author turns a phrase, paints a picture or makes me hungry for the next moment. East of Eden. Cat’s Cradle. Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Harlan Coben is the one who inspired me to write a mystery—I wanted to write something where the reader laughed a lot and didn’t know how the book would end. Dean Koontz has always inspired me because I think he’s such a great storyteller. My friend Shawn told me once to read TickTock because the rapport between the two main characters sounded a lot like my voice as a writer. I read the book and was so flattered to have a comparison made like that! Stephen King is, also, in my mind a genius storyteller. 11-22-63 had so many moving parts to it and he made them all come together in this amazing machine. Plus I feel he’s a romantic and a feminist and an optimist—all wrapped up in this word package that can scare the bejesus out of you. Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series is a current favorite of mine—I wanna be like Jack. Seriously. He’s evolving in the series, I feel, in terms of ‘collateral damage.’ I don’t think Jack believes in that anymore, and the stories are reflecting that. I’d like to talk to Lee Child about this. 😊

I am obsessed with reading and wish I could do it more often. As it is I read whenever I’m the passenger in a car or right before my eyelids slam shut at night—mostly mysteries and thrillers, some YA and horror. Lately Frederik Backman and Liane Moriarity or for my book club we’re reading Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons!

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I have to read Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons for my next book club, which I remember as funny and touching when I read it for my Colorado book club like 12 years ago, so we’ll see how it feels on the reread. I love Frederik Backman (A Man Called Ove), and he has a book box of three—I still haven’t read the Britt-Marie one. I’m re-reading Dean Koontz Fear Nothing because I just got it on sale on my kindle—that’s a great way to get books you want to re-read, by the way—watch for the sales! I’m waiting for the new Liane Moriarty (Nine Perfect Strangers) to come to me on the hold list at the library—it hasn’t been on sale and I can’t spend a fortune on books, although I’d like to!

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My all-time favorite is A Wrinkle in Time, but man, there are SO MANY other amazing and wonderful books out there. Don’t get me started—I might never stop. I think this book is my favorite because there’s so much to it—it’s YA, and Sci-fi, and mystery (where’s dad? Now, where’s Charles Wallace?) and philosophy and religion all rolled up into 200 pages. So, so good.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

I would just tell them never to give up, and never stop learning and trying new things. Also, and I cannot emphasize this enough: YOU HAVE TO READ. A LOT. People who tell me they want to write but don’t want to read are delusional and will never succeed. This is true, I believe, in any profession: the more you study and practice, the better you will get. The best musicians listen to all kinds of music and learn about the history of music, the best politicians study all types of governments and policies, and et cetera, et cetera. Hmph. I could rant about this for days. You also have to write, a lot, although I don’t ascribe to all of the people who say you have to write every day or this many words a day or X number of hours or whatever. You should figure out your own schedule and make sure it includes study and practice. Oh, and you absolutely have to work on a thick skin. Like, tortoise shell thick. There are always people who have nothing better to do than knock you down, and it takes a long time and many rejections to find your success, but if you take the ones who offer constructive ideas and help and use them, and throw the non-helpful douchebag ideas away, it’ll all help you get better.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

My website:

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My Instagram page:

My YouTube channel:

Holy Cow! That’s a lot.

About the Author:

Kelley Bowles Gusich writes young adult novels under the pen name Kelley Kay Bowles. Kelley taught high school English and drama for twenty years in Colorado and California, but a 1994 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis has (circuitously and finally) brought her to the life of writer and mother, both occupations she adores and dreamed about way back when she was making up stories revolving around her Barbie and Ken dolls. Her debut novel, cozy mystery Death by Diploma (pen name Kelley Kaye), was released by Red Adept Publishing on February 2016, and is first in her Chalkboard Outlines® series.

Kelley has two wonderful and funny sons and an amazing husband who cooks for her. She lives in Southern California.

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Author Interview: ‘The Desire Card’ by Lee Matthew Goldberg

About the Book:

Any wish fulfilled for the right price. That’s the promise the organization behind The Desire Card gives to its elite clients – but sometimes the price may be more menacing than anyone could ever imagine.

Harrison Stockton has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street fuels his fondness for alcohol and pills at the expense of a family he has no time for. Quite suddenly all of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his job and at the same time discovers he almost certainly has only months left to live.

Desperate, and with seemingly nowhere else left to turn, Harrison activates his Desire Card. What follows is a gritty and gripping quest that takes him from New York City to the slums of Mumbai and forces him to take chances, and make decisions, he never thought he’d ever have to face. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what’s right and break his bargain with the mysterious group behind The Desire Card.

The Desire Card is a taut, fast-paced thriller, from internationally acclaimed author Lee Matthew Goldberg, that explores what a man will do to survive when money isn’t always enough to get everything he desires.


What people are saying:

“I couldn’t look away for a moment from Harrison Stockton’s thrilling train wreck of a life. Jeer at him, cheer for him, and maybe—just maybe—fall in love with him a little. Lee Matthew Goldberg has created a Bonfire of the Vanities for a new generation, and served it up with style, wit, and empathy. I guarantee you’ll want to devour The Desire Card in one glorious, heart-pounding sitting.” – Laura Benedict, Edgar nominated author of The Stranger Inside.

“Lee Matthew Goldberg’s The Desire Card is a character-driven, enthralling thriller that introduces readers to a dark underworld powered by an equally mysterious organization loaded with as much menace as promise. Goldberg’s characters are well-formed, memorable and complex, adding humanity to a story that is sweeping in scale and remarkably focused. The Desire Card is the kind of book you think about long after you’ve finished it.” – Alex Segura, acclaimed author of Blackout and Dangerous Ends

“Careful what you wish form especially from a nefarious shadow organization, in this gripping start to Lee Matthew Goldberg’s fast-paced, highly-compelling, buzz-worthy new series. If you love your characters morally compromised, richly drawn, and constantly surprising, you’ll love, The Desire Card. I burned through the first book and can’t wait to get my hands on Prey No More to see where this endlessly exciting story takes me next! Love it!”
– Daniel Palmer, critically acclaimed suspense author of The First Family and Mercy.


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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’ve always been a writer. As a little kid, I would write a book about my dog and a haunted hotel. After I got my MFA, I really saw it as a profession. I published a few stories in magazines and journals and then my first book Slow Down came out in 2015.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I usually write in the afternoons in Central Park from around April through November. During winter, I find an indoor spot, but I write best outside surrounded by nature. I have a tree that perfectly contours my back, and I’ve written all my books there. It’s great because you have people around, but there aren’t distractions. I’ll write there forever.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I’m good at having a lot of ideas. Right now, I have a bunch on the backburner so when I finish one book; I’m able to start another right away. I also have a few series in the works so there will be sequels and more to write. I read a lot of books and watch a lot of movies and that helps spark ideas. I usually outline my books beforehand so when I start writing, I pretty much know where the plot is going.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Most of my books are written with an outline. My first book wasn’t and that one took about eight years so I like having an idea of what is going to happen. Although, I recently finished the latest book in The Desire Card series and decided to write that one with only knowing the ending. I had seen the documentary Free Solo and was really inspired about not having a net. It worked for that book in particular, but thrillers are tightly plotted and it’s hard without an outline.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

So, I’ve published only thrillers, but I’ve written in a few other genres. I have a sci-fi book, a literary novel and a young adult one finished as well. I like to challenge myself. Thrillers are fun and I will always write them. While character is important, you’re focuses on moving the plot forward at all times. It’s helped me for my other books too. Making sure that the plot is always engaging and the readers want to turn the page.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Great question! For the lead character Harrison Stockton, I think Paul Giamatti or Russell Crowe would be a good fit. For Naelle I’d go for Zoe Saldana and for Jay Howell think I’d go for Richard Gere.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read a lot. I love old writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Emily Bronte. I’m a big fan of John Irving and Paul Auster. I’ve been reading a lot of Stephen King as well. He’s great at moving plot forward.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Right now, I’m reading The River by Peter Heller. I loved the Dog Stars and the Painter. He’s a very precise writer with beautiful sentences. On my shelf, I have the new Dave Eggers book The Parade, The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin and Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Probably the Great Gatsby. Even though that’s an easy answer, it’s just a perfect book. I’m very critical when I read, and with Great Gatsby, there is nothing I wouldn’t change. The sentences are gorgeous, and the characters come to life, even though the novel is so short. I try to reread it every few years.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

It’s a very tough profession. There is a lot of rejection and moments you want to give up. But if it’s what you really want to do, go for it. You have to know you have talent. Not everyone can write as a profession. Start sending your work out there and find people who will give you honest feedback. Go to conferences and meet people. Get stories published any way you can. Start a blog. Read a ton. Write what you love and because you wouldn’t be happy doing anything else.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

My website is


Twitter: @LeeMatthewG


Amazon page:

I have three novels published and the second book in the Desire Card series coming out later in 2019.


About the Author:

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of SLOW DOWN and THE MENTOR from St. Martin’s Press with the film in development. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The first two books in a thriller series, THE DESIRE CARD and PREY NO MORE, are forthcoming from Fahrenheit Press in winter 2019. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series ( He lives in New York City. Follow him at and @LeeMatthewG

His favorite authors are classic writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Emily Bronte, W. Somerset Maugham and Raymond Chandler. For modern authors, he’s been influenced by Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, Denis Johnson, John Irving, and Paul Auster.

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