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RTC2019 – thoughts and a giveaway

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Hello and welcome!

I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs about my plans to attend Romancing the Capital in Ottawa, Canada again this year, I did and had a blast. Got to see old friends, made new ones and as usual I went over the budget by a smidge 😉

Eve Langlais and her minions rocked it as usual. Looks like this is it, at least for a while, so I am glad I went. I want to thank all the sponsors, the authors and those who helped them for a great event.

The VIP bags were full with the generous donations from the authors.

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Thursday afternoon I was so excited to finally met in person one of my longtime on-line friends, Gayle, AKA Dark Angel, and we had a great meal and got caught up on our lives.

Then in the evening, I attended the “Audio & Crafts…

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What We Do in the Light by Stylo Fantôme

 

 

Title: What We Do in the Light

Series: Day to Night Duet #2

Author: Stylo Fantôme
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Release Date: September 16, 2019
Blurb
Just one month ago, Valentine O’Dell got her
heart ripped out – yet another problem to add to her rapidly growing list.
Between fighting to bring her sick grandmother home, searching for a new
apartment after being evicted, and trying to figure out how exactly she’s going
to pay for everything, she doesn’t have time to cry over a broken heart.
Then Ari Sharapov walks back in and tries to
solve everything.
Ari may have gained a little more control in
his life, but there’s still one area he doesn’t have a grip on – Valentine
refuses to believe anything he says. Gone is the girl who wanted someone to
take care of her, and in her place is a woman who’s willing to take everything
he has to offer, but without giving anything of herself in return. He’s
used to fighting battles in a courtroom, but convincing her of his feelings
will be his biggest struggle yet.
Maybe it’s time for this relationship to be
brought to light.

 

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Crazy woman
from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a
necessity!), I have been writing since … forever? Yeah, that sounds about
right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball – I also see
shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I’m
clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.
I like dogs
more than I like most people, and I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t drink. No, I
do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the
year, there’s your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair – both a
curse and a blessing – and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can’t
understand me.
Yeah. I
think that about sums me up.
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KISS ME NOT by Emma Hart

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What do you do when you’re the reigning kissing booth champion but the only person you want to kiss is your best friend’s brother?

Kiss Me Not, an all-new hilarious brother’s best friend romance from New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart is available now!

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Let me make this clear right here, right now: I, Halley Dawson, do not care that Preston Wright is kissing other women.

Not a lick. Not at all. Nuh-uh-freakin’-uh.

I do care that he’s doing it six feet away from me behind a gaudy velvet curtain—making him my competition in this year’s kissing contest.

Why do I care, you ask? Because I’ve had an unfortunate crush on the insufferable idiot since I was sixteen years old, but I also know it’s never going to happen.

He’s the Creek Falls bachelor to die for, and I’m the Creek Falls racoon lady who puts peanut butter sandwiches out for them every night.

I’m not going to let him break my four-year-long reign—no matter how many times he breaks the rules and slides the curtain across to do the one thing he’s not allowed to:

Kiss me.

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“I never answered your question.”

“What question?” I darted my eyes to the side.

“Just now. You asked me if I wanted to kiss you.”

I did, didn’t I? Right. “Oh,” was all I said.

Slowly, he moved his hand to my chin and gently lifted it. Still, I didn’t look at him, keeping my eyes firmly trained on the front of the tent, even though I was facing him.

“Halley.”

“Yeah?”

“I want to kiss you.”

My eyes darted to his.

“I thought that’d do it.” His lips twitched, and he lowered his head until I had to fight the urge to close my eyes in anticipation of the kiss that was coming.

I swallowed, my lips parting.

Preston moved closer.

And he kissed my cheek.

I jerked out of whatever trance I’d just been in. “What the hell?”

He jumped off the stage, grinning. “I guess we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to break the stalemate, won’t we?”

“Oh, hell no!” I jumped off, stalking him to his side of the stage. “You just stood there in front of me and told me you want to kiss me, then kiss my cheek? The hell was that?”

His eyebrows shot up, amusement flashing in his eyes. “If I didn’t know better, I’d think you wanted to kiss me, too.”

“Irrelevant,” I shot back. “But you’re a special kind of asshole to tell a girl you wanna kiss her and then not do it.” I turned around, then stopped. “You know what? When I beat you tomorrow, you can kiss my ass.”

“You’re way too mad about this.”

“I’m not mad!” My voice raised a few octaves. “I couldn’t care if you want to kiss me or not. I most certainly don’t want to kiss you.”

“Why are you shouting at me?”

“I’m not—” I was shouting at him. “Whatever,” I said in a normal voice. “Make sure you take that money to the bank. Tell Tish I sent you.”

I left him on his side of the curtain and went to get my purse. He could get fucked. After all that where I think I was so damn nervous I broke a sweat, he didn’t even kiss me.

I wasn’t lying with what I said.

He could kiss my ass.

I’d even wear my good panties and bend over for him.

 

About Emma Hart

Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels and has been translated into several different languages.

She is a mother, wife, lover of wine, Pink Goddess, and valiant rescuer of wild baby hedgehogs.

Emma prides herself on her realistic, snarky smut, with comebacks that would make a PMS-ing teenage girl proud.

Yes, really. She’s that sarcastic.

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FEAST OF SPARKS (Thornchapel #2) by Sierra Simone

 

FEAST OF SPARKS (Thornchapel #2) by Sierra Simone
Release Date: August 1st
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Review by Paula:

This is Saints POV but so much more. I’m basically speechless after reading this series so far! The kink is off the charts! Six people that make you hot and bothered and wanting more and more to there story. So many lies and secrets hidden your wanting to pull your hair out just to know the full truth. No spoilers here just have a open mind and a cold shower waiting for you cause the heat is intense! 5/5 stars

 

 

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Blurb:
I’m an outcast and a loner, named for death itself. Fate wasn’t supposed to have plans for me.

But then she came back—the girl I once kissed in a thorn-covered chapel in the woods. She came back, and I could no more resist her than I could pry out my own heart. And by some trick of fate, she wants me as much as I want her. The only problem? She also wants the man who owns Thornchapel, Auden Guest.

And so do I.

Eight years ago, I did something to Auden, something terrible. He hurt me back the only way he knew how, and so here we are: our hatred seasoned with pain and my loneliness seasoned with longing. The only thing we can agree on is Proserpina Markham, and she wants us to find a way to be together—all three of us.

If Auden wants to earn her as his submissive, then he has to earn me as well.

But with the discovery of bones behind the altar and the carnal revel of Beltane fast approaching, it’s becoming clear that Thornchapel’s secrets are much deeper and older than any of us could have ever guessed. And no matter how bright and merry a feast of sparks may be, it’s always followed by ashes.

And darkness.

 

 

Excerpt:
Shame, hot and prickling, needles everywhere at my face and chest and belly as I begin to bend down to the floor. The cool air that caresses my pussy is now everywhere as the position begins to expose my most secret flesh, and there’s no pretending away the reality of what I’m doing. I’m doing something I’ve never done before, I’m offering up the filthiest part of me for inspection, and despite everything the three of us have shared in the past twenty-four hours, I’m flooded with shame. It’s real shame now, not play-shame, and my safe word floats to the top of my mind, a buoy in the clear waters.

Convivificat.

I don’t want to safe out right now, I’m nowhere near the edge, but it’s nice to have it there all the same. Reassuring. There’s nothing they can do that I can’t stop.

And anyway, this is who I am—who I’ve been growing into ever since I found the words to define it.

 

 

About the Author:
Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

 

 

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Guts & Glory: Ryder by Jeanne St. James

He won’t let her down…
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Is saving another’s soul worth risking your own?

Former special forces operator, Ryder, has never backed down from an assignment, and he’ll be damned if he lets a blonde-haired, smart-mouthed, pain in the a** destroy that record. She’s going to get her life together even if he has to drag her kicking and screaming to do so, and he’s not opposed to using a firm hand to yank her from the darkness back into the light.MC born and bred, Kelsea is on a one-way path to rock bottom. Determined to forget the horrible truths revealed about the man who fathered her, she’s drowning in a sea of booze, drugs and meaningless hookups. She has no desire to be “saved,” especially not by a bossy former Army Ranger with deep green eyes and a sexy southern twang.Being locked away at his cabin, cut off from the outside world, deeply buried secrets are rising to the surface and lines between them are starting to blur.The road to redemption is paved with heartache, though, and while Ryder wants to save her from the demons that haunt her, he’s not sure it’s worth the risk of losing himself or his heart in the process. But, in the end, will Kelsea finally learn to save herself?

Note: Ryder is the second book of the Guts & Glory series, a six-book spin-off from my Dirty Angels MC series. While it’s recommended to read both series in order, each book can be read as a stand-alone. As with all my books, this has an HEA, no cliffhanger or cheating.

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Review by Susan:

This is the second book in the series, I do suggest you read previous books as you will get more of an insight into kelsea and why she is acting the way she is.

Ryder keeps getting the unenviable task of finding Kelsea and bringing her home, coming to the end of his tether he takes drastic measures and holds her up in a secluded cabin. Both broken souls, the time spent together helps them both heal and find love and the courage to move on from the past.

I loved Ryder, he was an amazing hero, although dealing with his own demons he helped Kelsea through hers. Kelsea isn’t very likeable at first, but over the course of the book we see her grow thanks to Ryder. This was another fabulous read from this author, I was hooked from the first page. Can’t wait for the next book in this series.

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JEANNE ST. JAMES is a USA Today bestselling romance author who loves an alpha male (or two). She was only 13 when she started writing and her first paid published piece was an story in Playgirl magazine. Her first romance novel, Banged Up, was published in 2009. It was rereleased recently under the title Damaged and became a USA Today bestseller. She is happily owned by farting French bulldogs. She writes M/F, M/M, and M/M/F ménages.

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Can You Hear It by Casey Diam

 

Title: Can You Hear It

Series: Alpen Springs #1

Author: Casey Diam
Genre: Mature YA/New Adult Romance
Release Date: August 1, 2019
Blurb
Secrets. 
Deceptions.

Tragedies.

Those were the root of all evil. One of those became the root of mine the day I
lost the love of my life. My best friend. My lover.

Everyone disregarded it, saying, “Let’s face it, Averie, you have the rest of
your life ahead of you.” They were wrong. James Lawrence was my ever after . .
. until Ashton.

If only he didn’t come bearing his own brand of evil.

A secret.

The reason he wanted me to stay away.

I should have listened, and he should have tried harder, but both of us failed.
And if we hadn’t, if he had told me when we first met, would it have altered
the moment I realized that I was falling for him?

The slight variation in the air. The hitch in my breath. The lightness in my
chest.

Impossible to know; I’d already fallen.

I was already ruined.
***A standalone sports romance that takes place in senior year high school. Due
to explicit content, this book is suitable for 17+

 

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Review by Candy:
Great job Casey! Totally loved it! 5 Stars
Can You Hear It is a sports love story for two high school seniors. One has a secret and the other is broken. Can he save her? Will he share the secret that may cost him his dreams and the girl?
Averie and Ashton are our key characters and you’ll fall in love with them as you read their journey. In the beginning Averie experiences tragedy. So new town, new school and maybe new friends. It’s her senior year will she make it through? Ashton the star quarterback knows what happened to Averie and he has always wanted her but he only has one thing to concentrate on and that’s football. He harbors a secret too.
This story is told from both main characters POV. There is tragedy, laughter and love throughout. Casey gives a bit of insight into what happens in high school as well as the journey of two seniors. Once Averie grips you she won’t let you go and Ashton will have you swooning. Strong, caring and passionate describe these characters. It’s just the beginning of learning more about Alpen Springs.
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CHAPTER 1
I peered into his
caramel-colored eyes, my hands running up his jaw. “You’re going to do great
today.”
A chill breeze passed
around James and me, and I shivered. He tugged me closer, a charming smile
pulling at his lips.
He caught my long
hair in his hands, carrying it over my shoulders to curtain my face as he
leaned against his car. “I love you.”
“Lawrence!” someone
called, and his gaze shifted to the sound while I kept my eyes on him. He
looked uncertain, exhausted almost.
“You okay?”
“Yeah.” He kissed my
forehead.
“Lawrence, come on!
We got a game to win, dude.” Ben winked at me from across the high school’s
parking lot, a lopsided grin on his face and his duffel bag slung over one
shoulder. “You can snuggle with your sweetie later. Hey, Averie.”
Smiling, I lifted a
hand and waved before giving James Lawrence, my number nineteen, one last hug.
He squeezed me. “See
you in a bit. You’ll be getting a winning kiss tonight. I can feel it.” He
grinned, and I chewed on the smile that stretched across my lips as I watched
him go before turning around.
My best friends,
Nicky and Sydney, would be here soon, but as I scanned the nearby vehicles and
the people walking through the gates to the football field, I realized that
they were nowhere in sight. Instead of waiting, I headed to the gates and
showed my student ID to the teacher responsible for the ticketing tonight.
A few people were
already were scattered across the metal seats on the bleachers, most of them
being parents. Once I got there, I climbed up to sit on the far-left side and
pulled James’s hoodie over my head.
The crowd would
multiply soon and everyone would be shoulder to shoulder. Because in Alpen
Springs, Colorado, a small mountain city with a population of about sixteen
thousand, this was one of the main sources of entertainment.
What felt like
minutes later, James ran out onto the field. Moments later, I began to tense.
Our football team
wasn’t the best, but we weren’t the worst either. And as time flew by, the
former was clear, because now, at almost an hour into this game, things weren’t
looking too good for us.
I shifted on the
bench, my feet tapping restlessly as I waited with bated breath for the second
half of the game to kick off.
James was so
competitive and hated losing, so I really wanted our team to win tonight.
We were still down
by fourteen points at the end of the third quarter when it became so noisy I
could barely hear what Sydney was saying to me.
“I . . . didn’t
think . . . catch up . . . win!”
The gist of it was
clear enough—we had a chance. We’d caught up, and everyone on the bleachers was
just as anxious as the players. Night had fallen upon us so fast that
everything outside of the field was dark, non-existent. Kind of like everything
was beyond the finite views that surrounded us due to the mountain peaks and
hills in every direction.
I loved it here.
Alpen Springs was
fresh air and freedom.
I inhaled and caught
a whiff of marijuana.
Damn it.
Regretting the
disturbance of said fresh air, I covered my nose with the sleeves of my hoodie.
The no-smoking rule became muddied at night, because with a crowd like this, it
would be impossible to find the culprit.
As everyone grew
quiet, I glanced at the scoreboard.
With one minute and
forty seconds remaining in the game, we were only down by one point.
Come on.
I bit my lip as the
line of scrimmage formed at the thirty-five-yard line in the Hollis territory,
Alpen Springs North on the offense.
Our quarterback got
the ball and shuffled to the side before hurling the football to James. He
caught it and took off running as a chant broke out behind me, around me.
“Lawrence, Lawrence, Lawrence!”
My eyes followed
James as he ran, did a three-sixty-degree turn, escaping two of the defenses
from the other team who stumbled trying to tackle him. Then he was a lone
figure running down the field and straight into the end zone for a
sixty-five-yard touchdown.
Jumping out of my
seat, I screamed, “Yes! Oh my God!” Barely able to hear myself as the crowd
went wild.
That was exactly how
long the excitement lasted, because in the next
second . . . my life would change forever.
Author Bio
Some years ago,
Casey rediscovered her passion for writing and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She writes sexy, funny, sweet, and emotional stories that are a bit more in
depth, but so much fun to read.
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Devlin by Barbara Freethy

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Devlin by Barbara Freethy is available now!

As the second Blackthorne son, Devlin usually likes to stay out of the family drama, but with his family suddenly falling apart, he has one way to bring them back together. He wants to win the Southern Maine Sailing Invitational, like his father and uncle before him. He has built the fastest boat, he has planned for every contingency, except one…a beautiful blonde determined to beat him and avenge a family betrayal.

Hannah Reid is tired of watching the Blackthornes win races on boats built by her dad, especially after the family patriarch fired her father. She has only one way to get revenge, win the race. Unfortunately, Devlin Blackthorne is standing in her way. She wants to hate him, but Devlin’s love of the sea and brave, adventurous spirit mirrors her own, and she begins to realize that this sexy, charming man is hurting, too.

As they race to the finish, battling not only betrayal, but also strong winds and unexpected storms, Hannah and Devlin wonder if winning each other wouldn’t be the greatest win of all…

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Meet the Blackthorne men, each one as hot, fast, and smooth as the whisky that built the family fortune, and yachts and race cars that bear their name. From proud Scottish stock, Blackthornes never lose. But, one by one, the seven sexy men in this family are about to risk everything when they fall for strong and beautiful women who test their mettle in life…and love.

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Great read! This is outside my normal  romance (dirty, erotic) but totally worth reading. This is my first read by Barbara and to had me from the beginning. 5 stars!
Every word flowed and was easy to follow. Barbara knows her skills in writing. There’s drama, humor, sadness and love.
Devlin is a workaholic but that’s because he loves boats. Hannah had come home for her father to give him support when he’s fired. Hannah gives Devlin a piece of her mind since Devlin is the one in charge. Devlin agrees that her dad should still be his employee, but it was his dad (owner) that made the decision. Will these two stay enemies or become friends while trying to fix what’s been broken between their fathers? She’s simple but fiesty. He’s handsome and simple. Opposites but the same. You’ll love Hannah and Devlin in this romance by the sea.

 

About the Author:

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 68 novels. Traditionally published for many years, in 2011 Barbara began self publishing and has sold over 8 million ebooks. In 2014 she was named the Amazon KDP bestselling Author of ALL TIME! Twenty-three of her titles have appeared on the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

Barbara writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women’s fiction. She is known for writing emotional and compelling stories that include love, mystery, family, secrets, and often a little suspense.

Popular series include the newest series: WHISPER LAKE that begins with ALWAYS WITH ME!

If you love family romance series, check out THE CALLAWAYS and CALLAWAY COUSINS!

If you like romantic suspense, you’ll want to read OFF THE GRID: FBI SERIES beginning with PERILOUS TRUST and/or the LIGHTNING STRIKES TRILOGY beginning with BEAUTIFUL STORM.

I also have 17 standalone romantic novels and some connected duos.

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