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Release Blitz: ‘Forbidden Fate’ by Mary Catherine Gebhard

Title: Forbidden Fate
Series: Crowne Point #3
Author: Mary Catherine Gebhard
Genre: New Adult Bully Romance
Release Date: May 28, 2020
Blurb

I only had one rule: don’t fall in love with the cruel prince.

I broke it.

When the clock struck twelve, I went back to being a servant. He promised to let me go with my heart in pieces…but Grayson Crowne was always king at breaking promises.

I refuse to let him lock me in a tower.

I have no choice but to take the only out offered to me–another cruel prince.

Refuge in a man I loathe.

Rescued from the man I love.

I wanted to forget Grayson, forget Crowne Hall, and hide, but fate has other plans.

But if Grayson and I are fated, then our fate is forbidden.

Our happily ever after will only end one way…in heartbreak.

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Mary Catherine Gebhard bites off more than she can chew. She’s lived in Salt Lake City, Utah her entire life, but occasionally goes on vacation from reality. Don’t worry, she sends postcards.

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Release Blitz: ‘Loving Violet’ by Terri Anne Browning

Title: Loving Violet
Series: Rockers’ Legacy #4
Author: Terri Anne Browning
Genre: New Adult/Rocker Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2020

 

Blurb

“Even before you were born, we belonged to each other, Vi,” I reminded her, trying to fight the desperation to grab on to her and hold her, because I could feel her slipping away from me more and more with each beat of my heart. “You were in your mom’s belly, but I still felt you in my heart. It was as if there was this invisible cord connecting your heart to mine. I can’t see it, but I feel it. Every damn day. You are mine.”

“You’re right. I’ve always felt it too. I am yours. And you were supposed to be mine. We were supposed to be each other’s firsts, Luca. First kiss. First touch. First everything. We promised we would be each other’s firsts. ‘Firsts and lasts,’ that’s what you said. I remember it as clear as if it were yesterday. You swore that you would wait. That I was worth it. But you didn’t wait, did you, Luca? You gave all your firsts away to someone else.”

“I…” My throat closed up, making it impossible to speak, to tell her everything I needed to so I could fix this. Fix us and what I broke.

“You stole that from me, Luca.” Angry tears spilled from her eyes, and my heart shattered even more. “You gave away everything that was supposed to be mine. And you just expect me to be okay with that? I’ve waited my entire life to give you my firsts, but you have none to give to me.”

“I’m sorry,” I whispered, my voice choked with emotions I was afraid to lose control of. If I let the tears free that were burning my eyes, I might flood the world.

“Sorry? You’re sorry?” Her laugh was hard and final, causing me to flinch. “Yeah. So am I.”

“What does that mean?” My throat felt like I’d swallowed broken glass, and I was surprised I didn’t spray blood on her with each exhale.

“It means I’m done. You tossed away your firsts like they meant nothing. So mine are no longer yours.”

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Terri Anne Browning is a USA TODAY bestselling author. Being dyslexic, she never thought a career in writing would be possible, yet she has been on bestselling lists multiple times since 2013. Reese: A Safe Haven Novella was her first Indie published book. The Rocker Who Holds Me changed the tables and kicked off The Rocker… series featuring the sinfully delicious members of Demon’s Wings. The Rocker… Series is now complete with 12 books and the occasional novella. Other books by Terri Anne include the Angel’s Halo MC Series, as well as The Lucy & Harris Novella Series, The Vitucci Mafiosos Series, and The Tainted Knights Rocker Series.

Terri Anne lives in Virginia with her husband, their three demons—err, children–and a hyper Frenchie named Grunt.

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Release Blitz: ‘Jock Blocked’ by Pippa Grant

Title: Jock Blocked
Series: Copper Valley Fireballs #1
Author: Pippa Grant
Genre: Romantic Comedy
 Release Date: May 19, 2020
Blurb

 

She can’t let him score…

Call it superstition, but when a guy bats as hot as Brooks Elliott, you don’t mess with what’s working. And what’s working is him keeping his pants zipped and doing all of his scoring on the field.

So when I hear he’s planning to ditch his V-card now that he’s been traded to baseball’s lovable losers—aka my home team and my reason for living every March through October—I do what any rational, dedicated, obsessed fan would do.

I make a plan to stop him.

But the thing about stopping him is that it requires spending time with him.

Lots. And lots. And lots of time.

And the more time I spend with him, the more I like him. Not as the guy who’s going to help save my favorite team and finally bring home a championship ring, but as the guy who’s helping me in my quest to bring back the team’s old mascot. Who also loves making pancake and bacon sandwiches. And who would do almost anything for his love of the game.

But after all this time of jock-blocking him…do I even have a chance?

And if I do, are we both destined to a life of celibacy in the name of winning?

 

Jock Blocked is a home run of a romantic comedy featuring the world’s most superstitious sports fan, baseball’s oldest virgin hero, a rogue meatball, an adorable puppy with a cussing problem, and the best lovable losers. It stands alone and comes with a happily ever after more satisfying than a game-winning grand slam.

 

Excerpt

 

Mackenzie Montana, aka a woman on a mission

 

I never meant to become a criminal. But in the grand scheme of life, I don’t think I’m technically engaging in criminal behavior.

At least, if it is, you could call it a crime of passion.

And I am very passionate in my belief that while the Fireballs need to make changes to halt their record-breaking streak of being the worst losing team ever to play professional baseball, they don’t need to do it with a new mascot. Which is why I decided to take two weeks off work and fly to Florida for spring training, where I’m not saying that I’ve snuck into my home team’s ballpark after hours to steal the worst proposed mascot costume, but I’m not saying I haven’t either.

Meatballs?

They actually let a meatball make the final cut.

I needed at least another full season to get over the fact that the new Fireballs ownership killed the last mascot, and here they are, letting fans vote on replacing Fiery the Dragon with flaming meatballs.

I snort to myself while I creep through the darkened concrete hallways with a flaming meatball swallowing half of my body.

If you’re going to steal a giant meatball costume, it’s best to act like you know what you’re doing. And striding out of here with zero shame means two things—one, no one’s going to stop me, and two, even if they do, I’m incognito.

It’s the perfect crime to counter the crime of killing Fiery.

I’m one turn away from the door that I left propped open for myself after hiding out in the family bathroom after today’s game when voices drift toward me.

One male.

One female.

Neither is familiar, but as I get closer to my final turn, I realize the voices are between me and my exit.

No biggie.

I got this.

I can stroll on by, flash a thumbs-up, pretend like I’m heading out to prank the Fireballs at the team compound they’re all staying at, or to make a fast-food run for publicity.

Acting like I know what I’m doing inside this mascot costume is as easy as breathing. When you’ve seen thousands of baseball games in your lifetime, it’s not hard.

So I turn the corner.

And then I suck in a surprised breath, because that’s Brooks Elliott.

Oh. My. God.

Brooks Elliott.

The Fireballs’ newest acquisition. Like, so new he arrived yesterday. A mid-spring training acquisition, which is practically unheard of.

He plays third base, and he hits the ball like it’s evil incarnate and he’s an avenging angel and it’s his job to send that evil into another dimension.

He could be the reason we legitimately have a shot at making it to the post-season.

And I am not going to hyperventilate like I did the last time I was face-to-face with a baseball player.

Pretending to be a mascot?

I got this.

Talking to the players?

It’s like talking to the gods.

Author Bio

Pippa Grant is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes romantic comedies that will make tears run down your leg. When she’s not reading, writing or sleeping, she’s being crowned employee of the month as a stay-at-home mom and housewife trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, all the while fantasizing about long walks on the beach with hot chocolate chip cookies.

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Release Blitz: ‘Hell Hath No Fury’ by RC Boldt

Title: Hell Hath No Fury
Author: RC Boldt
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 19, 2020
Blurb

Seven years ago, they took everything from me. My father. My husband. My child.

When they stole my chance at justice, I vowed to get revenge.

Then I met him.

He tempts that long-lost part of me, but his presence is a reminder that betrayal lurks around every corner.

Their biggest mistake is underestimating my commitment for vengeance.

They don’t realize that when it comes to a woman like me, hell hath no fury.

 

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Death.

Heartache.

Vengeance.

This isn’t a tale for the tender-hearted, the judgmental, or those who refuse to think outside the box and look at the broader picture. Those who think that everything is black and white. Simple. Cut and dried.

It’s not. There’s always shades of gray.

It’s easier to say “I’d never” when you’re sitting safely at home with the people you love most right by your side. When grief hasn’t woven itself so deeply in the fabric of your DNA that it can never be unraveled. There can be no separation. And even if you tried, it would only result in you becoming a frayed and tangled mess.

It’s easy to say you’d never walk the treacherous moral tightrope. But you aren’t the one who plummeted to the depths of hell, littered with the agony of loss and the anger of injustice, and had to claw your way out.

This story isn’t scrawled on pristine white pages in bold black ink. Marred, torn, and blood-spattered, its chapters hold deep gouges inflicted by betrayal.

This story is about a woman who had everything taken from her.

And how she took it all back.

Author Bio

RC Boldt currently lives on the southeastern coast of the U.S., enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.

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Release Blitz and Author Interview: ‘All or None’ by Aurora Lee Thornton

Title: All or None

Series: Star Stories Book 1

Author: Aurora Lee Thornton

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Release Date: 15th May 2020

 

 

About the Book:

In a world where everyone has a soulmate, uniquely powerful mage Royiora and reluctant assassin Kalo collide in the worst of ways.

Royiora Daralkaen, the only mage alive able to use all five kinds of magic, has a near idyllic childhood in the country of Porescalia – before war breaks out with their antagonistic neighbors, Kloria.

Kalo Porla, a naturally magic-proof individual known as a Null, is trained to be as an assassin by the authoritarian empire known as the Domain.

When Kalo and his partner assassin are sent to kill a mage and his apprentice, it starts a journey neither man was prepared to begin.

Content warnings: harm to children, physical and psychological abuse, implied (off-page) rape, violence, mature language, minors in implied sexual situations (teenaged romance), implied sexual situations, bigotry towards fictional races, and suggestive language.

 

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Author Interview:

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

I’ve honestly always been writing, even before I realized I wanted to be a writer, ha ha. I’m lucky that I had a really supportive family and educators that guided and encouraged me through contests and other writing opportunities.

I’m also lucky that after realizing I’m asexual, I found a group for aspec writers that’s equally welcoming and encouraging. I love being able to talk with other writers, not just about craft, but life stuff in general.

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

Usually at home on my desktop. Typically late at night. Especially if I should be sleeping, or doing something else.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

A lot of places, honestly. I very much related to the short story version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

This book, in particular, happened in part thanks to fanfiction. I had wanted to write an original story about soulmates, so I started one about a prince and a thief. While writing that book, I created a background wizard character mainly to help exposit about a third main character’s magical research.

I tried to think about an interesting soulmate for a wizard and came up with a magic-proof assassin, and after three lines, the pair had a clear relationship dynamic. And then about a month later I had a first draft, and the original soulmates book – which was meant to be a standalone – became the second book in a series. Oops.

(Funnily, this means that my mage, Royiora, was accidentally named after me – when I’m creating minor characters I don’t intend to appear much, I sometimes name them by rearranging and tweaking the syllables in my name. Double oops.)

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?

For some stories, yes. Others I’ll just have a character or one particular scene, or even just an idea for a world in general that a build a story around.

All or None seemed to spring fully formed from the ether, and practically wrote itself. There were still surprises, of course – characters who took on bigger roles or had unexpected development arcs, things like that. But I knew where things were going in the big picture sense most of the time.

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

Adult fantasy, because it’s my favorite genre. Well, fantasy, in general, is something I’ve always been drawn to – I love magic and different worlds, and I especially love dragons (even though there aren’t any in this story).

I mainly write adult books because I’ve always had a sort of… macabre fascination with dark themes and characters with very dark pasts. A lot of that can translate to YA/MG, and as much as I enjoy books in those age ranges, it’s not how I want to explore those themes.

I still prefer happy endings and levity to an all-out grimfest, though!

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

So I have a few ideas, but I’ll say upfront I would actually prefer my books to be animated than a live-action feature, so my “dream cast” are the voice actors I would like to see in those roles. I’ll stick with just the main cast for each of the two MCs, to keep things brief:

(Honorable mentions: Mark Hamill as King Falopestrian, who prefers to be known as “Loppy”, and Jacob Tobia as Hoiroilu, a very minor but very fun nonbinary character.)

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

Not as much as I used to, or want to. I would say Diane Duane and Tamora Pierce had a big influence on my early writing, and Brandon Sanderson is a newer favorite.

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

A friend bought me K.D. Edwards’s The Last Sun, and I hope to start it very soon!

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Probably The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. I don’t know, I think something about the careful balance between magic and reality – making it so close that the reader really does get to decide if they believe the events were magic or just fantastic circumstance – is incredibly intriguing. Animal characters that are character in their own right, character-driven storytelling that takes its time… there’s a lot of things I like about it.

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

Figure out the best way to write the way you want to write – experiment and have fun. A lot of advice from famous authors is really good… for writing like those famous writers. But honestly, it’s trial and error. Figure out what’s fun for you to write and then figure out how to keep doing it better. Don’t get bogged down in the idea of the “right” way to write something.

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

I’m pretty frequently on Twitter, and I put my books on Goodreads as well.

Website: www.auroraleethornton.com

Twitter: @Aurora_T_Books

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuroraLeeThorntonBooks

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/16358225.Aurora_Lee_Thornton

 

 

Excerpt:

When he woke up a second time, he was aware of a particularly red hot, throbbing pain in his ankle and that something had been draped over him.

Roy sat up again, feeling even more drained than before – but in a strange, floating state of mind. The thing draped over him was his soulmate’s coat. He looked around and spied the horned man attempting to pull out a long, thin earring.

The assassin noticed him, and tensed.

The mage shook his head, pushing the coat aside to look at his ankle. He felt it out with healing magic – broken. He winced, then realized he wouldn’t be able to set it himself to heal it.

Biting his lip, Roy looked to his unfortunate soulmate. Hesitantly, he waved him over.

The man approached as cautiously as before, as if trying not to spook an animal.

That’s probably apt, the mage thought, and something about it struck him as terribly funny. He cleared his throat to stop an inappropriate giggle, and pointed to his ankle.

The assassin seemed to know what he was asking. The man explored the swollen joint with his hands, gently but methodically.

He’s been trained in medicine, Roy thought, hissing at the knowing touch, Must be a good idea for a killer.

His soulmate looked up at him.

The mage leaned down to put his hand over the break, and nodded.

With a quick jerk, the assassin set the bone.

Roy grit his teeth as he healed it in place, though it was still sore and would be for a while. He reached out to stop the other man from moving immediately.

His soulmate froze.

The mage sighed, taking hold of the earring. Tracking rune, he thought, destroying it, So he answers to someone.

The assassin pulled back then, moving to the opposite end of the cave. He gingerly tried to pull the rest of the earring out, and found it gave now.

Roy studied the man. On his now exposed upper arms were scars, the rest of his body covered. He had a tail ending with a large tuft of gray fur matching the color and texture of the hair on his head.

“Do you have a plan, here?” the mage asked, then laughed, “What am I saying? You can’t understand me anymore than I can understand you.”

And then he couldn’t stop laughing, doubling over with the force of it. When he noticed he was about to cry, he shot up, rubbing at his eyes.

No time for that, he thought, Survive now, grieve later.

About the Author:

Aurora is the author of the Wildflowers books, a series of queer fantasy novels. Allaha of the Mountain (book 1) follows a lady knight named Allaha and an unlikely group of allies on a quest to uncover a prophecy. Dandy (book 2) continues Allaha’s adventures but also follows an unlikely pair of bounty hunters.

Aurora likes books. (A lot.) She’s been reading and writing since kindergarten and hasn’t yet tired of them. From cyberpunk to high fantasy, she indiscriminately devours all forms of genre fiction: Isaac Asimov’s Foundation books sit next to Tamora Pierce’s Tortall series her shelf of favorite books. (Well, not exactly physically as she sorts her books by genre first, but you understand her meaning).

The one thing that has always captured her interest and stayed close to her heart, however, is dragons. If you have any dragon sightings you would like to share, she’d love to hear about them on the contact page.

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