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Release Blitz: ‘A Risky Prospect’ by Elizabeth Barone

Title: A Risky Prospect
Series: River Reapers MC #2
Author: Elizabeth Barone
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 18, 2019
Blurb

Brash social worker Olivia has been through her own personal hell and come out the other side, tattered but determined to make things better in her corrupt town—no matter the cost. Her roommate’s current situation is the perfect place to start.

When ex-con Cliff’s wild ol’ lady Olivia comes to him and the River Reapers for help, he’s on board. His vigilante motorcycle club can get the job done, and it’ll help convince Olivia to take the next step in their relationship.

But when Olivia’s traumatic past walks through the club’s doors, there’s no stopping her from doing whatever it takes to settle her own score. Even if it means crossing a line that Cliff might not be able to pull her back from.

 

If you like dark romances with vengeance, heat, and a hero who makes you swoon, you’ll love A Risky Prospect, Book 2 in the River Reapers MC series.
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AUTHOR’S NOTE: You must read Book 1, A Disturbing Prospect, before reading A Risky Prospect.

 

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Excerpt

Pressing the doorbell for Olivia’s place, I step back. Only the porch light is on. No light shines from inside. I can’t imagine she and her roommate are already in bed. I raise my fist and knock, a soft three-tap, just in case.

From the other side, I hear a soft meow: Dio.

“Hey buddy.” He meows again. I picture him rubbing his cheek against the door. “I guess no one else is home. I’ll see you later.”

Turning, I chuckle. Olivia’s got me talking to her cat now.

She’s got me doing all kinds of things—like picking up her father. I wanted to see her before I left, even if only to wish her luck for her first day at DCF. Maybe see if there’s anything I should know before meeting him, or if there’s anything she wants me to scope out before she meets him.

She isn’t home, though, so there’s not much I can do, other than go back to the club house and try to get some sleep.

I walk slowly back to the Screamin’ Eagle. The last thing I want to do right now is go to bed, mostly because I don’t want to get up at the ass crack of dawn to drive all the way to Lewisburg. Traveling by train would take longer, and neither my President or Treasurer were willing to pony up for a plane ticket. Worst of all, I have to take a cage. It’ll be more comfortable than riding all the way down, but the more I ride, the less I want to be in a car.

I swing onto the bike and grab my helmet. Securing it in place, my fingers pause. Olivia might be working tonight. That would explain why she isn’t home. There’s also a chance she’s at my cousin’s, but I’d rather not ride all over town trying to track her down. If she’s already at the club, I might be able to talk her into staying the night. That way she can crash in my room after work, and I can see her before I go. Maybe even see her naked.

Two birds, one stone.

With that happy thought, I fire up the Screamin’ Eagle, wincing a little as I imagine poor Dio hiding from the noise. Ever since Eli, he’s been so skittish. If Olivia hadn’t already killed him, I’d kill the motherfucker myself. Who the hell tries to kill a tiny, defenseless kitten?

I wish she’d told me what was going on before it got that bad.

That’s Olivia for you. She can take care of herself, which is one of the things I love most about her.

I nearly stomp on the back brake.

I love her.

It’s a whole-body realization. The road tips upward, the bike falls down into the sky. I float for a moment, fingers and toes tingling. Then I slam back into my seat, the bike firmly on 63. Somehow I still have my balance.

I have to tell her. I’ve never been good at keeping my feelings to myself. My father’s headstone is proof of that. It’s either tell her, or walk away, and I already know I can’t do that.

I can’t tell her, either.

She shut me out when I suggested we move in together. I can only imagine what she’ll do if I tell her I love her.

I love her.

The more I repeat it, the more woozy my stomach is, like I’ve had a few drinks and I’m warmed all the way through. At the same time, it makes me need a drink.

There’s a good chance I don’t really love her.

I have no idea what it feels like to be in love. I know what it’s like to love someone—my little cousin. I know what it means to be loved—my cousin again. But the odds that I wholly, truly love the first woman I laid eyes on after getting out—not to mention fucked in the back of a station wagon—are slim to none.

I’ve been lonely for so long, I’m just imprinting on her.

That’s got to be it. Because there’s no way someone like me can really love her, not now. What I think I feel for Olivia can’t be real.

Not after twenty years of crushing in noses with my fists. I don’t deserve it.

She doesn’t deserve me.

 

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Elizabeth Barone writes books starring badass belles who chose the other path because her life is just as offbeat. Before publishing her debut novel, she was a chef, web designer, apprentice teacher, and retail soldier, but writing is her first love. It took a debilitating autoimmune disease to make her realize it was time to chase her dream.

Elizabeth is the author of over a dozen contemporary romance and suspense novels. She lives in Connecticut with her real-life book boyfriend (husband) Mike and their feisty little cat Squirt.

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Release Blitz: ‘Nanny and the BRATVA BOSS’ by SC Daiko

Title: Nanny and the BRATVA BOSS
Author: SC Daiko
Genre: Billionaire Mafia Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 22, 2019

 

Blurb

He’s a Russian mafia kingpin.

Deep, dark and dangerous.

Good and evil at war within him.

I’m caught in the cross-fire,

but I want to be here.

A cold-hearted man, or is he?

I’m about to find out.

 

She’s breezed into my life

like a latter-day Mary Poppins

A sassy girl from England

with the voice of an angel,

and the body of a goddess.

I need her in my life like a bullet in the brain.

Everything about her tempts me.

But she’s an itch I won’t be scratching.

Except, the best-laid plans have a habit of going wrong.

Soon I’ll find out what really matters,

and that the worst lies

are the lies you tell to yourself.

 

From international bestselling author SC Daiko comes a gripping new standalone romance with all the feels…

 

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I Dreamed A Dream (Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables)
HallelujahSheku Kanneh-Mason – Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah, arr. Tom
Hodge
With or Without You(U2) – 2
Cellos
Something Just Like This(The
Chainsmokers & Coldplay) – Cello Cover
Baby Can I Hold You – Tracy Chapman
A Thousand YearsChristina
Perri
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Excerpt

Tonight, Zoe wasn’t wearing the halter-neck dress. She appeared in figure-hugging jeans and a blue cotton blouse that set off the topaz in her beautiful irises. After declining a glass of wine, she sat next to me, shooting me a look from under her dark lashes.

Mrs K arrived with our starter course, a fresh vegetable salad made with cucumbers, tomatoes and onions. She served us and returned to the kitchen.

I swirled the wine in my glass. “I’m sorry if I was a little abrupt when we said goodnight yesterday.”

“Abrupt? You were more than abrupt.” Her eyes flashed. “You were downright rude.”

“I’m not a nice man. I don’t do ‘nice’. I can’t.”

“Why?” Ever forthright.

“If I show any weakness, I’ll be finished.” I lifted my fork and speared a tomato.

She took a sip of water. “Being nice isn’t the same as being weak, I don’t think.”

“You are right, rybka. It isn’t.” I shook my head. “I guess I’ve just gotten out of the habit.”

She chewed some salad and swallowed. “Were you horrible to your wife? Is that why you got divorced?”

“None of your concern,” I snapped, slamming my hand down on the table. Dishes rattled and the water in Zoe’s glass sloshed over the edge.

She shot me a withering look. “There you go again, being a prick. I’m only trying to understand you, Taras.”

 

Author Bio

SC Daiko, aka Siobhan, is an award-winning British author of fast-paced international bestselling contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Siobhan loves to swim in the sea, travel around Europe, sample different food and enjoy local wine. She has worked in the City of London and taught languages in a Welsh high school before moving to Italy, where she now lives with her husband and two cats. Nothing makes her happier than connecting with readers and fellow authors.

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Release Blitz: ‘Depraved’ by Eva Charles

 

Title: Depraved
Series: The Devil’s Duet #1
Author: Eva Charles
Genre: Dark Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 21, 2019
Blurb

I’m the devil’s spawn.

The son of evil incarnate.

The heir to corruption and depravity.

 

Gabrielle Duval once belonged to me. And whether she likes it or not, she’s destined to be mine again. What will it take to lure this luscious woman back into my bed? A deal with the devil himself, of course.

 

My name is JD Wilder, and this is the story of how I reclaim what’s mine.

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Author Bio

A confirmed city-girl, Eva moved to rural Western Massachusetts in 2014. She found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkey, deer, and coyote roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she had been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into steamy love stories.

 

A romantic at heart, Eva looks forward to date night all week. The perfect evening includes well-crafted cocktails, a fabulous perfume, Cherry Garcia ice cream, and her husband, of course. If you add good friends, live jazz, and impossible shoes, she will follow you anywhere.

 

Eva holds a BA from Boston College, and a JD from the Washington College of Law. She spent a career working in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and civil rights. Aspects of this work often find their way into her books.

 

When she’s not writing sexy stories, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.

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Author Interview: ‘Policy of Truth’ by Scarlett Holloway

Sacred Heart Continuum Book 1

About the Book:

Five years ago, Tamra “Durty” Simon’s life was falling apart, and she had a one-way ticket to six-feet under. And if it hadn’t been for the Death’s Angels Motorcycle Club swooping in, dusting her off, and transforming her into the badass biker she is today, she’d be taking a dirt nap. Now, she has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought.

Brett “Sting” Jackson is on a mission, and nothing is going to stop him—not even the sexy, enticing female biker who makes him hard with a single look. Too bad he’s lying and keeping secrets from her. But the alternative could get her killed, and that’s not a risk he’s willing to take.

It took Sting crashing into her life to make Durty realize there’s something else in this world she wants to ride as hard as her bike—too bad fate has other plans for them. When a rival club makes a move against the Angels, all hell breaks loose. Lives will be lost, secrets will be revealed, and lies will be exposed. Because in the motorcycle world, lies may get you hurt, but the truth can get you killed.

 

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Author Interview:

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

There’s not much to tell really lol. I am a massage therapist by day, cranky writer by night. I drink a ton of coffee, I love my cupcakes and glitter.

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

I have this spot on my couch that has been nicknamed the ‘Bunny Hole’. It’s a space that it overrun by stuffed animals, fluffy blankets and pillows. That is my writing area. I usually write after my son goes to bed.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Where don’t they?? Mostly music triggers ideas, but then again…TV does, movies, honestly everything does.

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 plotter. My stories are too complex to try and pants them. I use 3×5 cards and plot out the basic outline chapter by chapter, and then I have a plot wall covered in sticky notes for timelines.

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

I am a multi-genre author. I write in Romantic Suspense, Family Saga, Cozy PNR and Cozy Mystery – so far. Sky is the limit when it comes to what genre I will write in.

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

That is a hard question. Policy of Truth is my latest and I had certain people in mind when I was character creating. Brett Michaels, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson—the list goes on.

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

Stephen King, Jackie Collins, Clive Barker, Sandra Brown.

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

George R.R. Martin and his book Fire & Blood.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I think I’d have to say The Watcher in the Woods by Florence Engle Randall. That was the book that turned my life around when it came to reading, and I think sparked the fire to start writing.

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

Never quit. Never write for fame or money. Always write for yourself.

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

Website: www.scarlettholloway.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thescarlettholloway

Twitter: @scarlettssong

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ascarlettssong

 

About the Author:

Growing up on the Central Coast, Scarlett Holloway always dreamed of seeing her name on the cover of a book and on the New York Times Best Seller List. What better way than to bring part of her past onto the pages of a novel, as well as writing about issues that women face on a daily basis? When she is not in her bunny hole writing, she is a massage therapist, trying to help people through therapeutic healing. Scarlett is hopelessly devoted to her husband, who she lovingly calls her plot bunny, and is active in her teenage son’s life.

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Author Interview: ‘Wanted in Paradise’ by Kate Ashenden

About the Book:

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Wanted in Paradise is a steamy romantic suspense novel filled with the drama of forbidden love, the tension of alpha male rivalry, the glamorous lifestyle of wealthy men, as well as the type of action and adventure that holds your interest.

Story overview

Shocked by family tragedy, Jasmine Hartwell returns home with a need to do something meaningful with her life. Romeo Moretti, the only man Jasmine has ever loved, but could never have, is now an international singing sensation, adored by millions. However, he is disillusioned with his fame and decides to use his high profile for a good purpose by hosting a benefit concert in the Maldives, which will be broadcast across the world.

It has been five years since Jasmine and Romeo have seen each other, but a heartbreaking twist of fate leads to a reunion between them. Romeo whisks Jasmine away to the Maldives, to help with the concert’s publicity, but their path to success is fraught with challenges and danger, as they battle to resist their burning desire for one another.

 

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Excerpt from Wanted in Paradise

Romeo grabbed Jasmine’s arm and looked her in the eyes. “If you’re doing this to make me jealous, it’s not working. I told you what sort of man Kamal is, so why are you wasting your time with him?”

“Because his words have made me feel good about myself. It’s been a long time since any man has made me feel that way.”

“So, you’ve been spending your time with Kamal, have you, while I’ve been away? So much for you saying you are just here to work,” Romeo said.

“You also told me that I am here to have fun too,” she said.

“Oh, and Kamal is fun is he! Spare me the details.” He turned to leave, shaking his head in disgust.

“This evening is the first time I’m meeting him, so you’ve made the wrong assumption.”

Jasmine didn’t need to explain herself to Romeo, but she refused to let him think that she had been enjoying a lavish time with Kamal.

What she wanted to tell him was how unhappy and heartbroken she had been since he left.

“It’s not safe for you to go on your own,” he said.

“I’ll be okay,” she said.

He watched her walk away, her pretty lace dress stroking the decking and her dark glossy hair delicately bouncing in the wind.

“Jasmine!” he said.

“Yes?” she turned to him and raised her eyebrows questioningly.

“Please stay here.”

“Why?” she looked at Romeo appealingly, hoping the words she so craved would come from his lips.

“Because you’re taking a huge risk. That yacht could be going anywhere.” There was a silence between them as she considered his point, which was a valid one.

“How about you have a relaxing evening here instead. Come to mine; we’ll have a drink and just …”

Before he could finish what he was saying, she interrupted and said, “I see, so I come to yours, have a drink, a bit of a roll around, and then you make me feel like rubbish again. Forget it!”

“I wasn’t suggesting that at all,” he said. “It’s just that I can see things aren’t right between us, so it would be good to talk it over, don’t you think?”

“No thanks!” Jasmine said bluntly, “Just to make yourself feel better.”

She started walking towards the yacht again, more resolute and determined than before.

“Jasmine, stop!” He stood in front of her, trying to block her path.

“Get out of my way!” she said, noticing that their argument amused the captain on the yacht.

In an instant, Romeo lifted her from her feet and threw her over his shoulder, his strong arms locking her legs into his chest. She thumped his back angrily and tried to flip up in the way a toddler does in a tantrum.

“Let me down,” she said. “You’re insane!”

“I’m trying to save you,” he said, appearing angry by her defiance.

She managed to arch back far enough to make him lose balance and trip…

 

Author Interview:

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

I’m a copywriter, with a background in public relations, but I’ve always wanted to write a book. Even as a child I was writing stories for my mum, or poems (that I remember my primary school teacher reading in class!) I love the way crafting plots, dialogue and exposition stimulates my imagination and offers readers’ escapism. I have this need to be creative and express myself, so I’ve also done some painting, but my love of writing never ceases.

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

Anytime I have a spare moment. I’m a busy mum, also doing freelance work, so writing my book had to fit around spending time with my loved ones and the general responsibilities of life and work. I tend to sit at the dining room table, tapping away on my laptop – not the most comfortable of places, but I like sitting there, looking out of the window while I ponder the next section of the book.

Where do your ideas come from?

It’s a real mixture of life experience, combined with fantasy, and the types of drama I’ve seen in soaps or films. I also think there is a degree of empathy and understanding of how a character will feel in certain situations. The whole notion of ‘putting yourself in someone else’s shoes’ which I guess is the way actors can successfully portray the parts they play. To me, when I write my story, the characters become real. I see them as multi-dimensional and particularly in the case of the protagonist, also relatable.

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 have to structure the plot – chapter by chapter, section by section, so I know where I’m heading. This bit takes a lot of time – piecing together the ideas and analysing whether the combination works, but in my opinion, it is well worth the effort. I can’t just go with the flow, although I admire authors that can do that successfully.

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

Romantic suspense. I love a rollercoaster love story packed with drama, tension, action and adventure!

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

Love that question! I didn’t have a muse for this book, but I’m sure there are a plethora of handsome, exotic actors that would fit the bill for Romeo. I can imagine a brilliant actor like Ethan Hawke would do an amazing job of portraying the complexities of Rupert’s character (one of the antagonists).

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

I wish I could read more! I love Daphne Du Maurier and many of P.D. James books.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Jamaica Inn – a great example of romantic suspense, and unforgettable characters, for example, Joss Merlyn, the landlord of Jamaica Inn, was terrifying and for that reason fascinating.

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

Before you get carried away with your idea, you need to take an objective view, asking whether it ticks all the boxes for a good read. If there is any doubt, then go back to your story idea and adjust it. Keep tweaking it, until you feel confident you’ve created a page-turner.

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

My Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ashendenauthor

 

About the Author:

Kate Ashenden is a copywriter, public relations professional, and author of the new book ‘Wanted in Paradise’.

With nearly fifteen years of creative writing experience, Kate is keen to become a full-time romance author.

Kate’s desire is to continue to write unique storylines with traditional love interests that grip the reader.

Based in the United Kingdom, Kate spends her working time eyes glued to a computer screen (usually with coffee and biscuits on either side of the laptop!)

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