Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Time to Begin by Patti Korbet

 

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE  Time to Begin

SERIES  Ward Sisters, #5

AUTHOR  Patti Korbet

GENRE  Contemporary Romance

PUBLICATION DATE  September 15, 2014

LENGTH (Pages/# Words)  estimated at 125k words

PUBLISHER  Patricia Korbet

COVER ARTIST  Patti Korbet

 

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

She’d been dealt too many blows to count. He’d always lived life on easy street. Are they Yin and Yang or a mistake of epic proportions?

Makeup artist Reggie Reynolds has endured a life as colorful as her ever-changing hair. After a painful childhood and a tragic adolescence, by sheer force of will, she found success  first in Hollywood, then on Broadway. Returning to her hometown offers a chance to help her aging grandfather and realize her dreams, not to mention soothe a broken heart. But even her storied past won’t prepare Reggie for what happens in her next chapter.

When reporter Eddie Besson meets Reggie on a flight to New York City, he thinks he’s at an all-time high-point in his cushy, perpetual-youth life. Twenty-four hours with Reggie changes Eddie’s perspective. Despite the fact she doesn’t want anything to do with him when he leaves, Eddie can’t stop thinking about the girl from New York City long after he’s gone from the Big Apple.

As Eddie’s perfectly-orchestrated life falls apart, he has some tough decisions to make, with only one thing certain: there will be consequences to pay for his lackadaisical approach to adulthood. Reggie’s own soul-searching reveals some painful truths, including guilt about passing judgment on the guy from Maine. When she runs into Eddie again  this time on his home turf  sparks fly and decisions must be made, choices that aren’t universally well-received. Will this unlikely pair go all-in, find a way to balance the scales and live life on their own terms? Or will tragedy tear them apart for good?

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EXCERPT

The girl with the pink and black striped hair kept looking at him. Eddie thought he was just being paranoid at first, but she was definitely staring. He didn’t think he could possibly know her  after all, she looked like part of a Punk crowd, and despite his appreciation for the genre, that was definitely not his speed of social group. Maybe they’d had classes together in college. She might be around his age. But though he felt like he knew her somehow, he didn’t recognize her.

Pink Hair didn’t make any effort to engage him. Nonetheless, there she was, staring again. This time, though, her eyes watered and she looked like she struggled to keep the tears away. Maybe she wasn’t staring at him so much as through him. He should probably ignore her. But then her eyes drifted shut and a tear escaped, running down a surprisingly angelic face.

Shit, he thought. Don’t do it, Besson. Just stay where you are.

Too late.

He got up and moved to sit next to her. When he put his hand over hers, she jumped a little and looked at him, confused.

Hey, you okay? Eddie asked.

Um, not really. But it’s nothing. Don’t worry about it.

If it was nothing, then you wouldn’t be crying. Want to talk about it? Jesus, what was it with him and providing an ear these days? First Kay and her marital troubles, now a stranger? Who next? Maybe she’d say no. Hopefully.

No, that’s okay.

Oh, good. That’s a relief, he thought. Eddie’s hand was still covering hers and she looked down at it. Since she didn’t pull her hand away, Eddie left his there. Maybe it comforted her. Maybe it would be enough and she wouldn’t use him as a sounding board. She sniffed and when she looked up she smiled at him.

I’m Reggie.

Eddie. You headed to New York?

Yeah. You?

He nodded. I’ve got a meeting.

Oh? You in finance or something?

Eddie laughed. Hardly. No. Reporter. I work at a small-town newspaper up north. My boss is sending me to meet with a potential new buyer for the paper.

She’d bristled a little at the word ‘reporter’, but relaxed again when he said he worked at a small-town paper. Huh.

Because you run things?

Nah. They want to meet with all the editors and I was away when they came last month. I guess it’s nearly a done deal and they want to figure out where we all fit in their organization.

Oh. How long are you in the city?

A day. Fly down today, fly back tomorrow. What about you? Why are you headed to NYC?

I live there. Well, in Brooklyn, anyway. I work in the city.

What do you do? If you don’t mind my asking. Sorry. Reporter’s instinct to ask questions.

It’s okay. I’m a makeup artist.

Oh yeah? Where do you work? In the movies?

I did. For a long time I worked in L.A. on movie and TV sets. I’ve been on a Broadway play for the past seven months. We were supposed to be done after six weeks. Then it stretched to six months. We’re regrouping right now, but we’re back to work tomorrow. They’re talking about a long-term run.

Sounds like you’re pretty excited about it.

It’s basically my dream job. I always wanted to work on Broadway, but it’s hard to get into the business there. Much easier in Hollywood, where there are a million different productions. Eventually, if you meet the right people, you’re set. I got lucky and hooked up with a stylist when he was just getting started. That led to where I am now.

Eddie smiled. Seems like you made some smart moves.

I did. Now I get to work in my hometown and be near my family.

Eddie laughed. Me too. But somehow, I don’t think my hometown quite compares with yours.

No? Population isn’t in the millions? No loud noises, smelly exhaust or ridiculous traffic?

No all-night takeout, no clubs with up-and-coming music. No way to escape your family, even when they’re driving you nuts. I love everything about New York.

Me, too, Reggie said. Those are just people’s usual complaints. But everything you said, that’s the reasons why I love living there. Plays, music, art, culture, food, history. It’s all there.

Now boarding Delta Flight 1220 to New York’s LaGuardia at Gate 8. Please have your ID and boarding passes ready.

I guess it’s time to board. Where are you sitting? Eddie asked.

Um, 14C, Reggie said, looking at her boarding pass.

No way. I’m in 14A. Looks like we’re sitting together.

Reggie smiled. Good. I was going to have to ask your seatmate if I could switch. Now I don’t have to do that.

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AUTHORS PLAYLIST

Beautiful Disaster  Jon McLaughlin

Falling  Jon McLaughlin

Faster  Matt Nathanson

Wake Me Up  Avicii

Love Stinks  The J. Geils Band

Who Says  Selena Gomez and The Scene

Thank You  The Shapes

Escape From New York  The Shapes

Claim Your Prize  The Shapes

Overflow  The Shapes

New Revolution  The Waking Hours

How Does It Feel  The Waking Hours

Survive  The Moog

I Like You  The Moog

All On Me  The Shys

Bom Bom Bom  Living Things

Not Thinking Straight  Pint Shot Riot

Five Year Rut  Supergarage

Turn Me On  Bromheads Jacket

I Couldn’t Imagine  Julie the Band

Pretty Good Day  Best Not Broken

Take My Picture  Best Not Broken

Restless Heart  Matt Hires

The Mess I Made  Parachute

Hanging By A Moment  Lifehouse

Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)  Nine Days

It’s Time (Live London Sessions)  Imagine Dragons

Static Waves (Featuring Katie Herzig)  Andrew Belle

Baby, I Love You  Ramones

Blitzkrieg Bop  Ramones

I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend  Ramones

Family (featuring Tim Armstrong)  The Interrupters

Strangers  The Kinks

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CHARACTER BIOS

Eddie Besson is that guy, the one who still acts like he’s in college, despite entry into his 30’s. As the sports editor for his small, hometown newspaper, he lives above his parents’ garage, spends his free time hanging out at the one bar in town and strings along his high school girlfriend. The kicker is that he doesn’t really think there is anything wrong with his life. Until he meets Reggie Reynolds, and suddenly, his world seems pathetic and wasteful.

Broadway and Hollywood makeup artist Reggie Reynolds fought hard for the life she has now. Abandoned by her parents, she clung to her beloved grandparents as long as she could. But her grandmother was taken by illness, and now her grandfather is succumbing to age. She has never been lucky in love and is sure she is doomed for a life without it. Then she meets Eddie Besson and the world gets a little brighter, even if just for a moment.

 

DREAM CAST

Inspiration pictures at my Pinterest page

 

AUTHOR BIO

For a majority of her life, two things have been true about Patti Korbet: she loves to read and she has a very active imagination. You can often find her with a book or her Kindle in hand. And in the last few years, she’s frequently been typing away at her little netbook, turning the myriad thoughts that run through her head into story ideas.

Her career path to author has had many twists and turns, but Patti has been making up stories in her mind for as long as she can remember. Just as her son turned 9 months old, she made serious work of molding those stories into works of fiction. She put her nose to the grindstone in the fall of 2012 and hasn’t looked back since.

When not reading or writing, Patti pretends to be a gardener, loves to dance, watches a variety of shows with compelling characters and most importantly, takes care of her family of four. She hopes one day to convince her husband that fiction writing is a worthy pursuit. In the meantime, she’s proud to see the seeds of imaginative storytellers and prolific readers in her daughter and son.

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Cover Reveal ~ Mistletoe & Kisses Anthology

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RELEASE DATE: November 4th 2014

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Synopsis

Six of your favorite contemporary romance authors bring you six memorable holiday stories.
**Secret Santa by Jennifer Benson
**Coming Home by Rebecca Brooke
**Christmas Wish: A Holiday Novella by Danielle Jamie
**Christmas Stalkings (Bullet 4.5) by Jade C. Jamison
**Finding Sadie: A Prequel by Brandace Morrow
**Wrap Me In Your Love by Lisa Survillas

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**Secret Santa by Jennifer Benson

Tonight is the night of the office holiday party and Olive Harper, a paralegal for a New Jersey law firm, was put in charge of the planning. To her surprise, a new employee has been hired at the firm and has brought his brother, Murphy, as his guest. When Scott wakes up on a strange couch in a strange house, he is curious and concerned until he is greeted by the beautiful woman whom he met last night at an office holiday party. Instantly intrigued by her long night shirt and knee high socks, neither Murphy nor Olive could know where a chance meeting at an office holiday party could take them, but thanks to a Secret Santa, they are about to find out.

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**Coming Home by Rebecca Brooke

Tanner Marano has finally found the girl of his dreams and after lots of hard work and heartache, Danielle is finally his. Now all he wants to do is make her his wife, but with meeting his parents and deployments, Danielle is more nervous than ever.

Danielle Renton went through immense heartache only to be brought back into light by Tanner. He is her own knight in shining armor. Yet there is a secret she’s keeping for fear it will push him away.

When Tanner comes home with everything be as he left it?

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**Christmas Wish: A Holiday Novella by Danielle Jamie

Callie Greenwood’s life has never been easy. Her father up and left when she was six and her mother passed away from breast cancer when she was just thirteen, leaving her grandparents to raise her. But since her grandfather passed away and her grandmother was put into a nursing home, she’s been on her own.

Desperate for love, Callie foolishly settled for the cliché bad boy, thinking he would change his ways for her. Sadly, she learns the hard way that life doesn’t care how bad you have it, and that you can’t make someone love you. When Callie needs Jase the most he abandons her, just like her father did sixteen years ago.

Determined to not spend the holidays alone, Callie decides to spend the holidays at her Aunt Ella’s bed and breakfast in Lake George, New York.

Little does she know that everything for her will change when she checks in to the quaint town at Christmas. Callie expected to spend two weeks sipping cocoa by the fire place, listening to Bing Crosby and spending time with her Aunt. The last she ever expected was to meet the handsome but mysterious Brody O’Reilly…

This Christmas heartbreak, secrets, and romance will collide making it a holiday she’ll not soon forget.

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**Christmas Stalkings (Bullet 4.5) by Jade C. Jamison

Val, Brad, and the kids decide to take a short but needed winter vacation to get away from it all and enjoy each other’s company, but one thing is stopping them from relaxing like they should. Since fronting her new band Val Hella, Val has discovered the darker side of fame—she has a stalker, one who seems intent upon stepping up his game to get what he wants, and the ruin of their vacation becomes the least of their worries.

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**Finding Sadie: A Prequel by Brandace Morrow

**Can be read as a stand alone novella**
*Intended for readers 18+*
A Los Rancheros novella

At fifteen, I took on the role of Popper out of necessity, forgetting the person I was. That’s when I became the lead singer of a grunge metal band.

Now at twenty-two I’m cocky, a pessimist, and violent. My shrink is even fed up with me, suggesting I try something radical to appreciate the value of life.

She gives me a card that leads me to him, and ultimately I find . . . me.

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**Wrap Me In Your Love by Lisa Survillas

After realizing the marriage to her first ever boyfriend was too good to be true, Isabella files for divorce and leaves their life in California for the home of her youth in Chicago. Upon her arrival, she reconnects with her cousin and best friend Daniel, who has been taking care of her parents’ home since they passed.

When Daniel enlists the help of his friend Taylor, who Isabella had a childhood crush on, will she be forced to face the pain of rejection again, or will Taylor see what he has missed all these years?

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Play With Me ~ Lisa Renee Jones ~ Release Day Bliss & Giveaway!

 

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Play With Me (Stand-Alone Novella)

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Blurb
Novella
The warmth of Thanksgiving gives a dedicated reporter and a powerful
businessman a chance to count their blessings in this tender, sensual novella
from Lisa Renee Jones.
Kali Miller has spent three years reporting fluff stories for a small-town Texas
paper, waiting for the opportunity to pen the article that will launch her career to
new heights. That dream has never felt further away when she suddenly finds
herself out of work, forced to take a job as an executive secretary at a Las Vegas
casino. But that’s exactly where Kali meets the subject of what will surely be a
shocking exposé: her boss, Damion Ward, the casino’s arrogant and undeniably
sexy CEO.
Watching Damion make his cold, calculating business maneuvers, Kali is positive
she’s doing the right thing. But after Damion invites her to help him plan a
Thanksgiving charity event, Kali begins to see another side of the man. And
when she surrenders to the exhilarating tension that’s been simmering between
them since day one, Kali becomes part of her own story, which she hopes will
have a happy ending.

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EXCERPT #1

Lisa Renee Jones Play with Me Copyright 2014

“We need to talk,” he says, as if this is a casual event requiring nothing more than a chat, as if I’m
not being treated like a felon.
“Talk?” I demand, all the emotions of hours of confinement rising up in me to near bursting. “We
needed to talk seven hours ago. Now? Now we don’t need to talk.”
He steps forward, crowding me, forcing me to give him space or let him become a part of mine. I
have a rare violent urge to shove him, but I retreat into the room instead. He steps closer and kicks
the door shut behind him, and damn him, that delicious scent of him tickles my nose, and the
teasing eruption of sensations in my body only serves to make me more angry. I don’t want to feel
the way he makes me feel. I don’t want him to be the one man who sparks something in me that no
one else does.
“I couldn’t call,” he has the audacity to say. “Just like I couldn’t tell you I knew we had a security
breach when you told me what the computer was doing in my office.”
“So you knew what was happening and didn’t tell me?”
“There’s a procedure to—”
“I don’t give a damn about procedures, Mr. CEO, especially from the one who sets the rules I’ve
suffered with.” The edginess in me results in me poking my finger at his chest, heat dashing up my
arm. “Just tell me one thing. Am I free to leave?”
He looks down at my finger and then his gaze lifts, but there is no anger in his face. There is
something else, something I can’t identify. “I got you cleared, but—”
Relief is instant, and I cut him off. “That’s all the talking you need to do.” I try to turn away,
intending to gather my things, but he shackles my wrist, more heat ripping up my arm and over my
chest.
“Let go,” I snarl, hating a man I barely know who has put me through hell. It’s like I’m a
masochist. Why else would I be drawn to yet another powerful asshole?
His lips thin, and I wish I didn’t notice how sensual and perfect they are. “We have to talk.”
“No,” I assure him. “We do not.”
“We’re going to talk.”
“You aren’t my boss anymore, which translates to the end of all conversation.”
His eyes glint hard steel. “What does that mean, I’m not your boss anymore?”
“I quit. Find someone else to treat like crap.”
“I had no choice—”
“There’s always a choice. I just want out of here.”
“You’ll regret this later.”
“I’ll take that risk.”
“You’ve had a rough twenty-four hours, Ms. Miller. You aren’t thinking straight.”
I all but growl at him. “Let me guess. I’m a woman and my emotions must be controlling me.”
“Because you’re human.”
“Why do you even care if I stay?” I demand, and I don’t know how or why, but the air around us
shifts and thickens.
“Because I do.”
“You don’t even know me.”
“I want to know you.”
I swallow hard. “Well, I’m sure you’ll know every piece of my DNA after seven hours of being
trapped here. Goal achieved.”
“Ms. Miller—”
“Stop with the Ms. Miller. I’m not your damn employee anymore. Let go of me.”
He doesn’t let go. His gaze flickers to my mouth, then lifts. “I won’t let you quit.”
“Call Natalie. I’m sure she’ll come back.”
He tugs me close, his hard body aligned with mine, and I can barely breathe. “What do you know
of Ms. Duncan?”
“If you mean Natalie, she was in HR when I was.”
“There were circumstances.”
“Yeah. I get that. Believe me, I get it.”
“No. You don’t. She has nothing to do with you or us.”
Us? What does he mean, us? And why is my hand on his chest? Why can’t I move it? “I’m done.
Let me go.”
“You won’t change your mind about quitting?”
“No.”
His fingers tangle into my hair, dragging me closer. “Then why would I let you go?”
Both of my hands have now found the wall of his chest, and I intend to push him away, but I just .
. . don’t. “What are you doing?”
“What do you think I’m doing? Finding out if you taste as good as I think you do.” And then his
lips are on mine, his tongue licking seductively into my mouth, sending erotic sensations spiraling
through my body. I tell myself this is insanity. To push away. We barely know each other. I don’t
even like him. Except I know it’s a lie. I know that in the short time we’ve known each other,
every shared moment, every mutual look, every touch and tangled word exchange, has been
leading to this.
Another lick of his tongue and I am unable to hold back a moan or the desperate need to be closer
to him. I arch forward, desperate to feel him against me. Desperate to have him naked and touching
me. Me touching him. Desperate to be naked and have him inside me. He is a drug, a wicked,
wonderful drug that will finally be the end of my sanity if I allow him to be.
That idea sends a burst of panic and adrenaline through me, and I shove at his chest. “Stop. We
can’t.”
His mouth leaves mine, and I am one part relief, one part painful need to pull him back. “Why?” he
demands, and his voice is rough, affected.
“You’re my boss.”
“You quit.”
“Right. Which means I leave now.”
“You want to leave?”
No. “Yes.”
His eyes darken to deep pools of green fire and stormy torment, telling me he knows this is a
mistake. He knows. I know. Why are we still here? “Tell me you really mean that and I’ll let you
go,” he vows. “But just know this: If you stay, I absolutely will fuck you senseless and then do it
again.”
“I . . . you . . . we can’t . . .”
“We can. I’m going to kiss you now, Kali.”
“Kali?” I whisper, unbelievably aroused by my name on his lips.
“Yes. Kali.” And then he is kissing me, his tongue caressing into my mouth, seeming to touch
every intimate part of my body, stroking deep, and burning through me. Sensations roll through
me, teasing my senses, torturing me with how much I want him and how wrong I know this is. But
then his hand caresses my backside, pulling me closer, hard against his hips, his thick erection
pressed to my belly, and I can’t remember why exactly it’s wrong. I am lost. Lost in him. Lost in
what I feel, and I don’t want to let anything else in. Not the past. Not the last few hours. I don’t
care anymore.
I wrap my arms around his neck, crushing my breasts to his chest, and gasp as he tears his mouth
from mine. Then he is staring at me, searching my face for something I don’t understand. And I
don’t know what he sees, or what he finds, but his eyes soften, and he strokes the hair from my
face. “I was right. One kiss isn’t even close to enough.” His mouth comes down on mine again,
and my fingers curl into the fabric of his shirt, holding on to him, willing him not to stop. This time
the kiss is deeper, a dark demand that I answer willingly, eagerly, my tongue stroking against his.
Suddenly his fingers wrap my waist and he lifts me, setting me down on the wooden dining room
table, spreading my legs to step between them.
“What are you doing?”
He reaches up and tugs on the front zipper of my dress. “Undressing you.”
A moment of clarity comes to me, and I grab his hand. “You need to know this changes nothing.
I’m still furious about today. I don’t even know if I like you.”
“But you want me. That’s a start.”
He tugs on my zipper and I don’t stop him, my hands going to the table, trying to stabilize myself,
though I’m not sure that is possible. This man is shoving my bra down and ravishing my breasts
with a hot inspection that makes my sex clench and my thighs ache.
“I . . .” I pant, and forget what I was going to say. He’s cupping my breasts, pressing them
together, and stroking my nipples with his thumbs.
“You what?”
“I don’t know.”
He nudges me backward. “Let me try to figure it out,” he offers, lowering his head, his dark hair
tickling my chin, his tongue flicking against my nipple, sending darts of pleasure through me.
I squeeze my eyes shut, fighting for sanity, but his mouth closes down over one of my nipples,
sucking deeply, and I am arching my back, offering myself to him. Silently begging him for more.
It’s just been so long, I tell myself. So very long since someone touched me like this. So long since
I felt like a woman. This isn’t me radiating toward men who like to hurt me. This isn’t me torturing
myself. It’s him torturing me in all the right ways.
My hands go to his hair, but he slips away, going down on a knee and caressing my dress up my
thighs. “Now I’m going to officially apologize for what happened today,” he vows

Excerpt #2

Lisa Renee Jones Play with Me Copyright 2014

“Kali!”
I hear Damion shout, but I do not stop. I spot an open elevator and slip inside moments before it
closes. I hesitate only briefly, then punch the button for the office floor. If I go to my room,
Damion will follow, and I will cave and let him in. I can’t talk to him until I figure out what I’m
feeling. Not right now. I won’t talk to him right now.
Hugging myself, I wait for my floor, trying to stop the shaking. Damn it, I’m weak. I don’t want to
be weak. The elevator dings for my floor and I exit. Dana is on the phone and waves at me, giving
me a smile I just can’t return. At my desk, I all but fall into my chair and will myself not to cry. I
grab a stack of mail and start opening it, trying to stay sane.
I know the moment Damion is in the lobby, the scent of him blistering my nostrils. He is like a
drug. I think I’ve become that to him, too. He is risking too much for me. I have to leave here, and
him, and it’s going to destroy me.
Suddenly he is standing beside me, towering over me. “Let’s go talk.”
I don’t look at him. “No. Not now.”
“Kali—”
I turn to him and snap, “Not. Now.”
“Yes,” he says, turning my chair to face him, his hands on the arms. “Now.”
“Write me up, Damion, fire me, but I am not ready to talk.”
“Hey, Kali—”
The sound of Dana’s voice makes me cringe, and I can’t even look at her. “I, uh,” she stammers
from behind me, and I hear her departing steps.
“Either come with me,” Damion warns tightly, “or I’ll pick you up and carry you.”
“Don’t even think about it.”
He pulls me to my feet and drags me into his office, shutting the door and locking it. I try to escape
and at least put distance between us. His hand comes down on my arm and he turns me to face
him.
I blast him. “You just told the whole damn place that we’re together when we haven’t even really
been together. Why would you do that? Why?”
He maneuvers me against the wall, framing my body with his. “We are together, and if you didn’t
believe that, you wouldn’t have signed that notarized letter.”
“We aren’t together, and now we won’t ever be together. I have to leave. I can’t stay. I can’t let
you get fired over me.”
“I won’t let you go, and I won’t get fired.”
“I had a right to privacy. Terrance should have asked permission to share my personal affairs, and
don’t tell me I signed a form or I might hurt you right now. Kent and my alcoholic asshole
father—who thinks if he puts ‘functional’ before the ‘alcoholic’ it’s actually acceptable—weren’t
supposed to know I’m here. If I wanted them to know, I would have told them.”
“Kali—”
“And I didn’t run away from those people, like you accused me of. I chose to shut them out and be
happy. This was supposed to be my place and now it isn’t. Now they know I’m here and everyone
here knows about us.”
“This is your place, Kali, and I’m not letting you go without a fight.” His fingers twine in my hair,
tilting my head back, forcing me to look at him. “We might be new, Kali, but we’re damn good
together.”
“What about—”
“We’ll figure it out. Together, Kali. We’ll figure it out together.” And then his mouth closes down
on mine, his tongue stroking past my lips, his palm molding me close to him. I try to resist, but it’s
more because I feel I have to, because I should. Only I don’t want to resist this man. Not now and
not since the moment I met him. I cave to my need for him, moaning as I sink into the kiss. I know
we are headed for trouble, and I’ve had enough trouble. But I have not had enough of him.
I tug at his shirt, suddenly desperate to feel his skin next to mine. To know if it will feel as good as
I’ve imagined it would. My fingers slide beneath the cotton material, absorbing his body heat and
the warmth of taut skin over hard muscle.
His mouth trails over my cheek to my ear. “Together,” he promises again, his warm breath teasing
my sensitive flesh and sending a shiver down my spine.
“Yes,” I whisper, and I don’t let myself think about trouble or tomorrow. I cling to him, arching
my body into his, trying to get closer to him, afraid I will never get close enough.
He cups the back of my head, slanting his mouth over mine, kissing me deeply, passionately.
Breaking only to seductively trail his lips over my jaw, my neck, my ear, and I am lost in the haze
of desire.
“I want you naked,” he murmurs, tugging my dress up over my hips, and, with that, an unwelcome
jolt of reality hits me.
I grab at my dress and pant, “Wait. We can’t. Not here. We could get caught.”
“The door is locked.” He turns me to face the wall, pressing my hands to it, his on top of mine, his
big, wonderful body encasing me. He leans in close, his mouth at my ear. “And,” he murmurs, “if
you’re still worried about getting caught, I need to do a better job of distracting you.” He tugs on
the zipper of my dress, and I open my mouth to resist, only to moan as his tongue begins to follow
the metal downward. And his tongue is magic burning through me, sending waves of sensations to
every nerve ending I own.

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Life is hard. Life leaves you beaten, broken…alone. Then one day, a stranger
touches your hand and you feel something intense, unforgettable, but yet, you
want to forget. You need to forget. It’s safer than believing in things you’ve
decided don’t exist. You know all about shattered promises and lost hope. You
know them so much better than you know this excited, warm, wonderful feeling,
and it scares you. He scares you, but he also makes you feel alive again. He
makes you realize you haven’t really been living. You’re surviving and you fear
he’s the one who’ll make you forget how to keep doing it. But what if he’s the
one who changes everything?

 

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the
author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in
development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) for cable TV. In addition,
her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both
spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.

Watch the video on casting for the INSIDE TV Show HERE

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40
books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles
with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or
Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized
many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women
Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in
Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at on her website and she
is active on twitter and facebook daily.
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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE  Spooky Sojourn

SERIES  N/A

AUTHOR  Ashley Ladd

GENRE  Erotic Paranormal Romance

PUBLICATION DATE  October 23, 2014

LENTH (Pages/# Words)  50,000

PUBLISHER  Totally Bound at https://www.totallybound.com

COVER ARTIST  Emmy Ellis

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BOOK BLURB / SYNOPSIS

Someone’s trying to kill Deanna, but is it the ghosts she doesn’t believe in, the rich socialite who might be a murderess, or someone else with a beef against The Gilroy Hotel and Resort that Deanna has just been hired to manage? The Gilroy’s owners want the ghosts, or whoever is causing the trouble at the hotel eliminated, and they are pressuring Deanna to do the job as quickly as possible. Harry DeVeaux, paranormal investigator comes highly recommended to do the job and against Deanna’s better judgment, she hires him.

Although Deanna thinks Harry’s crazy for believing in ghosts and Harry thinks Deanna has a closed mind to the possibilities of ghosts and they highly annoy each other, sparks fly. Deanna can’t help but fantasize about Harry and inspired by a romance convention visiting her hotel, writes her fantasies in a private blog that Harry finds, hacks, and reads. Ooh la la!

 

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EXCERPTS

It would also be a shame to let a private hotel room go to waste when it contained such a beautiful sexy woman, so he moved closer and leaned against the wall beside her, letting his breath tickle her neck as he gazed down at her. He lifted a strand of her silky hair and let it sift through his fingers. Her heady scent wafted up to him, making him want to bury himself in her. Was it cherries? Maybe apple blossoms? My heart almost gave out when your car went up in flames and I saw you thrown back. I was afraid you’d been hurtor worse.

Her breath caught audibly, and she worried her lower lip with her small, perfect teeth for a moment. Then she gazed up at him with sorrowful eyes. It must have reminded you of losing your wife.

Not for a minute. I was worried you were hurt. That I’d lose you. He traced the line of her jaw with the pad of his thumb and shivered when he felt her tremble. So she wasn’t immune to him. Good. Very good.

Her lashes fluttered and her irises grew dark. She shrank against the wall as if unsure what to do next. Then resolution gathered in her eyes. Oh! Well, uh, I should go. I’m sure I’ve been missed. A manager never rests. To his dismay, she ducked under his arm and escaped to the door. When she tried to turn the handle, however, it wouldn’t budge. Then she tried to turn the knob with both hands, pulling hard. Her eyes flashed fire. What the hell? Can you help me? I can’t get out.

Do you really have to go? Or do you just want to get away from me? Am I that repellant?

She looked as if she’d rather have fire ants crawl up her legs than answer his question.

Before she could respond, he jumped in. I have a confession.

She stopped trying to jar the door and her attention riveted on him, her forehead puckering. Did you do something I need to know about?

Drawing in a long, shuddering breath, he look heavenwards and crossed his fingers behind his back hoping she wouldn’t throw something at him, hoping she’d be okay with his admission. I found your blog and read it.

Paling, the blood fled from her flesh and her eyes looked like sooty coals against her face. Her gaze clashed with his and held. How did you find it? I used a pseudonym and I put it on privacy settings.

He screwed up his lips, and scrubbed his hand over his face, preparing to tell more painful truths. I’m a bit of a hacker and I like to research the people I’m working with. Not sure she’d be receptive to his theory, he left out the part that he thought the ghosts led him to her sight. He thought they were closet romantics. He wouldn’t be surprised if they’d locked them into the room now to force them into some alone time together.

When a tsunami of emotions flitted across her face he tried to read them. Fury. Embarrassment. Lust?

You investigated me? You read my private musings?

You wrote about me? In some very intimate ways. At least I presume it was me since you used my name. He fixed her with a piercing gaze. Did you?

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Are you ready for reading a paranormal for anytime of the year especially during Halloween!  If so I recommend picking up this one it is out of the normal that I have read in the past by the author so I wanted to venture into her other genres and was happy I did. The author knows how to keep you entertained from the start of some spooky ghost happenings to erotic blog posts to a mystery! And yes you do find all this in this amazing read! Deanna is hired on to manage a ‘haunted’ hotel but she doesn’t believe in any of that hocus pocus paranormal things so she decides to hire someone to help her prove it is all a falsehood. When Harry researches the going on’s he falls upon her blog and his mind goes to places. Can these two figure out what is going on at the hotel before the threats actually kill someone and will the heat spark up between these two? The characters where well thought and full of surprises. I enjoyed the plot the author created because she mixed danger, paranormal,  and romance all within this novel. It was thoroughly well written and is original.  Read Spooky Sojourn to find your answers and more.

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Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.

She’s been told she has a wicked sense of humour and often incorporates humour and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.

 

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Synopsis

A doctor living a double life

By day, Dr. Will Daley is one of Dallas’s most eligible bachelors, but every night he dons his leathers as one of Sanctum’s most desired Doms. He’s sworn off looking for a long-term relationship but is captivated by the club’s newest member, Bridget Slaten, even though they couldn’t be more different. She comes from a world of privilege and he was raised in poverty. When he discovers she needs a date to her sister’s wedding, he makes certain he’s literally the only man for the job.

A woman no longer willing to live in the shadows

For most of her life, Bridget hid herself behind her laptop. She can write romantic, sensuous lives for her characters but not herself. Having Master Will as her date to the wedding is a thrilling prospect but he has a special request. He wants her to accept two weeks of his services as a Dom, a lover, and expert in BDSM, and that is an offer she can’t refuse. Their sexual chemistry is undeniable, but it’s in the tender moments that Bridget realizes she’s falling for a man who might never trust her with his heart.

A love strong enough to cherish

Together in paradise for a week, Will realizes he can’t imagine his life without Bridget. As the wedding approaches, ghosts from their past come back to haunt them and threaten to ruin the peace they’ve found. With everything exposed, they will have to risk it all to claim the love that can set them both free.

“I thought you were staying for dinner.” He moved in, taking up all the space. This close, she could see that he had a five-o’clock shadow across his perfect jaw. She was a sucker for a square jaw. Damn it. Even his ears were hot. She kind of wanted to lick them to see if he was ticklish there.

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“I think that’s a bad idea.”

“Because I’m not looking for anything serious?” Will asked. “Does everything have to be serious? Do you go into every relationship looking to get married?”

“No. I don’t think about getting married much.” Her parents’ marriage was so bad she often couldn’t stomach the idea. “But I’m getting too old to do the one-night stand thing.”

He moved in closer and she nearly forgot to breathe. He smelled so good. Clean and masculine. Sandalwood. He’d likely washed with it. All over. A vision of him soaping that body made her mouth water. “I didn’t say anything about one-night stands. I said maybe you shouldn’t take every relationship so seriously. Bridget, I want to spend time with you.”

And her nipples were hard. Yeah, they wanted to spend time with him, but her brain was still in charge. “My sister’s getting married in Hawaii.”

Oh, her brain was a traitor, too.

He loomed over her, his body inches away. His lips curled up in the sexiest grin. “Really? That sounds like fun. When is that happening?”

He was going to kiss her. His lips were going to touch hers and she had the sudden and deep fear that she wouldn’t be the same afterward. Still, she couldn’t quite seem to move, couldn’t get the will worked up to step back. She only managed to run her tongue across her lips to make sure they weren’t bone dry. “Soon. Next week.”

He sighed, his hands finding her shoulders. “Oh, I guess you’re going to be out of town then. I was hoping to see you while I was on vacation next week.”

She was mesmerized by his eyes. This close, she could see how green they were. His hands moved to her neck. “You could come with me. I need a date.”

Now she was kind of happy everyone else had turned her down. It seemed right to ask him, good to be here with him.

There was the sound of a phone ringing.

He shook his head as his hands sank into her hair. The way he was taking his time did something for her. The men she’d been with before had all just gone for it and would likely have already been pawing her boobs by now, but Will was moving with languid seduction. It was like a dance. “You need a date?”

The only thing pulling her out of the sensual haze was that stupid phone. Who had a landline these days? “I do. Shouldn’t you get that?”

His nose touched hers as his fingers ran along her scalp, sending pleasurable shivers through her body. “Don’t worry about it. The hospital requires I keep a house phone. And a pager. And a cell. If it’s really important, they’ll page me. This is more fun than answering the phone, don’t you think? Bridget, you know I won’t be able to keep my hands off you if we go to Hawaii together.”

She didn’t want him to. She was fairly certain she was going to fall into bed with him in the next ten minutes. Maybe he was right. Maybe she took everything too seriously and she should have some fun for once in her life. Maybe she could handle it. “Will?”

His mouth hovered right over hers, and there was no way to mistake the satisfaction coming off him. He wanted her. God, he really wanted her. “Yes, Bridget?”

“Do you want to come to Hawaii with me? We could have fun.”

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Author Bio

Lexi Blake

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

Her first novel, Their Virgin Captive: Masters of Ménage, Book 1, was a collaboration with New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black. There are four more books available in the series: Their Virgin’s Secret, Their Virgin Concubine, Their Virgin Princess and Their Virgin Hostage. The next book in the series, Their Virgin Secretary, is coming to Amazon this April.

In addition to the Masters of Ménage series, she is the author of the Masters and Mercenaries series. The first five novels, The Dom Who Loved Me, The Men with the Golden Cuffs, A Dom is Forever, On Her Master’s Secret Service, and Love and Let Die are available now, along with a novella titled Sanctum. The sixth novel, Dungeon Royale, is coming in February of 2014 along with two new novellas, Unconditional, releasing in January of 2014 and Dungeon Games, coming in May of 2014.

In 2013, Lexi also began releasing her urban fantasy series, Thieves. The first two books, Steal the Light and Steal the Day are available now on Amazon. Book 3 in the series, Steal the Moon, is coming in January of 2014.

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Cover Reveal – Deadline by Scarlet Hawthorne

Title: Deadline

Author: Scarlet Hawthorne

Release Date: November 1, 2014

Genre: Erotic Romantic Suspense

Publishing House: Charlotte’s Letters Publishing

He wants her body and heart, but a killer wants her soul.

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After her erotic romance novels become international bestsellers, writer Gillian Tate cannot enjoy her long-sought success once her husband files for divorce and she becomes the target of threats from a religious fringe hate group; but when she tries to find peace in the solitude of a remote lakeside cabin to complete the third novel in the trilogy, not only does she meet the man who can fulfill her secret desires, she also finds she hasn’t escaped danger by leaving the city. 

When the Adirondack town’s police chief Sam Taylor learns of the threats and checks in on the notorious author, he is surprised to find she is nothing like he would have expected from her erotic novels but everything he has imagined in his own fantasies. 

Can he and the woman of his dreams escape her waking nightmare? 

*Adult Content: This erotic romantic suspense includes scenes of bondage between consenting adults.*

Meet Scarlet Hawthorne

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Scarlet Hawthorne began writing short stories at the age of eight, poems at ten, and wrote her first novella – a romantic tragedy – at twelve. Today she enjoys creating characters who discover integrity and their authentic selves through their sexuality. She has been a speaker at national conferences discussing how power exchange can enhance relationships and refuting the negative stereotypes of BDSM promulgation in the media.

An award-winning and bestselling author in a variety of genres under other pen names, Scarlet was a featured author at the 2014 BDSM Writers Conference in New York City and contributed an excerpt from her upcoming romantic suspense Retrograde to the first BDSM Writers Con Anthology. Always eager to challenge herself as a writer, Scarlet utilized a “panoramic point of view” narrative style, rarely found in fiction today, in her latest novel Deadline.

Scarlet lives with her two dogs and their Master in a lakeside community in the New Orleans area. Her next release is the contemporary male/male romance Between the Notes, expected in spring, 2015.

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The Wolf by K.R. Thompson

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TITLE  The Wolf

SERIES  The Keeper Saga

AUTHOR  K.R. Thompson

GENRE  Historical Paranormal Romance

PUBLICATION DATE  07-24-14

LENGTH (Pages/# Words)  53 pages

COVER ARTIST  Keri Knutson, Alchemy Book Covers

 

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Their secret has been safe for hundreds of years, a legacy and legend that has been carefully kept by six guardians. They are known as the Keepers. But before the legend of the Keeperscame the Wolf.

Once upon a time, there lived a man whose fate would rest with two sisters. One will hold his heart. With her, he discovers a love that will last forever, though it will come with a price.

From the other sister, he will learn fortitude as he discovers that she holds the power to destroy all he holds dear. For as easily as one sister captures his heart, the other has found the way to trap his soul.

 

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One mountain stood off in the distance. Its peak was the highest. It grazed the heavens. It was the closest point that he could get to his love, now in the inky, deep black sky. It seemed it would be the perfect place to make his presenceand his demandsknown.

The trip up the mountain took a great deal of the night, his strength had waned, but anger and determination pushed him up to the giant boulder, far above, jutting out into the night air.

The moon was beyond his reachso close, yet, so far away. Swift Foot stood on the edge of the rock. A cool breeze greeted him, brushing softly against his cheek. He felt Shining Star had sent the breeze to touch him.

I am here, he told her softly, looking up into the sky. Then, he took a deep breath, and announced loudly to the Great Spirit, I have come to speak to you.

The breeze was replaced with a sudden burst of warm air, an acknowledgement of sorts.

He took a step forward, feeling the balls of his feet touch the edge of the rock. He was close now.

You will put me there with her or I will die! The raw emotion caused his voice to crack, but he knew the Great Spirit heard his demand.

A lightning bolt cracked from a cloudless sky in front of him, striking the ground below. No whispering voices came to his mind or thundering ones either. It seemed the Great Spirit wasn’t in the mood for negotiations. It wasn’t the response Swift Foot had wished to hear or see. Still, he stood on the rock, while his love watched him from her place in the heavens.

That was just as well, Swift Foot decided. He would be with her soon, with or without any help. He would never spend a day without her.

Another lightning strike lit up the sky as he lifted his arms out, and fell

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Going into this short novella I didn’t know what to expect because sometimes they fall short. However; with this one you actually learn the back story of what the series is about and it made me now want to go read the stories. The author captivated my attention quickly with the details she wrote with the plot and the beautiful scenes, even though not all of it was as we wanted them. The characters are we defined to make the readers understand the happiness and also the pain they have to go through for their love. Her overall descriptions are well thought and beautifully manicured! I enjoyed reading the prequel and if the rest of the series is written as this then this is one author to watch out for in the paranormal genre!

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K.R. Thompson was raised in the Appalachian Mountains. She resides in southwestern Virginia with her husband, son, three cats and an undeterminable amount of chickens.

An avid reader and firm believer in the magic of nature, she spends her nights either reading an adventure or writing one.

She still watches for evidence of Bigfoot in the mud of Wolf Creek.

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