Release Blitz – Before The Lies Author: Elaine May

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Book: Before The Lies
Series: Prequel to The Truth Series
Author: Elaine May
Genre: Erotic Romance
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Synopsis

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If I had known from the beginning what he would do to me, would I have changed anything?
No
No matter what had happened with him I never would have been led down the path that brought me to my soul mate.
For that I could never be sorry.
I just wish I’d had time to make my time count.
I wish I’d been able to see her grow.
I wish I could have said goodbye, to have felt his touch one last time.
The other man in my life took that away from me but I would never change a thing.
Although he was my undoing he was also my saviour, I just wish I could have been his.

This is my part of the story.

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Elaine May is my Author name. I live in the West Country of England with my two beautiful daughters and yummy hubby. I love reading dark and twisted tales that mess with your head. I love to travel and spending time with my family. My dream is for people to like what i’ve written and hopefully get to go to a book signing event as an author.

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Blog Tour – Getting Lucky – Various Authors

 

Blog Tour

Getting Lucky

Anthology

by

J.L. Beck, RD

Berg, L.B. Dunbar, Rebecca Elise, Ashley Hampton, Kelly Moran, K. Renee, Mayra

Statham,

& Shantel Tessier

Mar 29th – Apr

3rd

 

Nine sexy romance novellas from some of the top

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Worth the Chase by J.L. Beck

 

Gia King and Chase Winchester come together in an explosive romance with one

chance encounter at love. College, romance, and two families who were hell bent

on being enemies. Can love between these two really transpire or will everyone

else have the last say? 

Sometimes you have to chase what you want.

 

Unlucky in Love by RD Berg

 

Two days ago Chloe James considered herself the luckiest woman

alive, as she excitedly did the final preparations for her dream wedding. How

did she end up in the back of an ambulance in her wedding dress with the brazen

paramedic, Braden Dean, on her wedding night? Chloe soon discovers her luck

well has run dry, and she just might have become Unlucky In Love.

 

Chance Encounter by LB Dunbar

 

Liars

and cheats, that’s what Americans were to me, Chance Fitzgerald. My first

impression was a bit skewed then of Keli Donagel. She was breathtakingly

beautiful, until I heard that damn accent. Nothing good ever came from the

Americans I encountered, most of all those who possessed something I want

returned. What a corker that Fate is, though? She had other plans for me.

 

Lucky Stud by Rebecca Elise

 

When

Kurt Davis let Briony Jensen move in as a favor to his cousin, it was only

supposed to be temporary. He never expected to fall for her, but he is

determined to make her his.

Just when he thinks he is getting close, Briony drops a bomb on him, forcing

him to make a a difficult decision. Does he let her go or beg her to stay?

 

Love at Lucky Stables by Ashley Hampton

 

Mystery

surrounds Lucky Stables. Many, like Emily Lane’s parents, fell in love there.

After tragedy struck, Emily ran far away,believing the stables were cursed. In

Emily’s absence, Shane Patterson has stepped in to help Emily’s aging father.

When Emily returns home, will Shane help her believe in love and luck?

 

Lucky Me by Kelly Moran

 

Declan

O’Leary’s family is cursed. For the past one-hundred years, bad things happen

if they fall in love. So Declan lives his life onewoman at a time. Until he

meets Lily Durand and he finds himself wishing for a forever that can never be.

Yet their fate encounter and one week of sexual, intimate bliss just might be

enough to turn his luck around.

 

Right Kind of Wrong by K. Renee

 

Dannicka

Grady has no idea she’s in trouble. When her sister Sage sends in a friend to

protect her, the sparks fly. Sawyer “Saw” O’Brien is a dirty talking

biker, and Dannicka never expected to be drawn to a man like him, especially

since their worlds are so different. Can Sawyer protect her and win her heart

at the same time?

 

Lucky for You by Mayra Statham

 

Ready

for a fresh start, single mom Keira Jennings has discovered a slice of in

heaven in the mountain town of Whispering Springs,California. Police chief Rex

Malone is smitten at first sight for the charming new resident of his hometown.

After a routine stop sparks fly. Has Keira’s luck changed for the better? Or is

Rex just like every man she’s ever met?

 

Wish Me Luck by Shantel Tessier

I’ve

always considered myself a lucky man. Women and money both come easily. That is

until I meet Ashlyn. What was supposed to be fun and simple turns hard and

complicated. I’m Ryder O’Kane, and I have fallen for a woman who made one night

more memorable than any woman before her. It’s funny how luck runs out when you

need it the most.

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Blog Tour – Luke’s Absolution – K.L. Kreig

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Luke’s Absolution by K.L. Kreig is LIVE! Sinners Welcomed.

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Blurb:

Demons. Regrets. Absolution.

 

Luke has lived on the wrong side of the law since he was seventeen. His hands are stained and his soul is black, but the worst sin he’s committed is falling in love with his brother’s girl. Then he met her. Addy Monroe is pure, innocent and stubborn as an ox. Even though he doesn’t deserve her, Luke will stop at nothing to have her. But just when happiness is within his grasp fate rips her away, reminding him once again that there is no absolution for sinners. Will Luke be able to let color fill his blackened soul?

 

From the first time Addy saw Luke Colloway over ten years ago she wanted him. Addy has been attracted to rough, crude, inked bad boys with a bike planted securely between their thighs and wicked promises falling from their lips her entire life. Every one of them has let her down. Every one of them has broken her heart. Every one of them has put her second. She’s never going to let that happen again. When

Luke promises her a future, will Addy let him in only to have her heart broken again?

 

Book 3 in a 4 book series. Each book features a different brother and each can be read as a STANDALONE. To get the full Colloway Brother experience, however, it’s most enjoyable to read in order.

 

***Mature readers only, 18+. Features alpha men with foul language and penchant for hot sex.

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I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and am obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicous cycle. I love carbs, but there’s love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs.

Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out, I’m a raving bitch. My iPad and me: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a bad-ass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing).

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Release Blitz – Clayton (Bourbon and Blood #2) – Seraphina Donovan

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CLAYTON (BOURBON & BLOOD #2)

SERAPHINA DONAVAN

RELEASE BLITZ

I’m playing to win, and I’ll fight as dirty as I have to.

Release Date: March 31st, 2016

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My father, Samuel Darcy, wrecked everything he touched—the business, our family, my mother. I knew if I didn’t stop him he’d destroy it all. So I got down and dirty, stopped playing by the rules, and rolled in the mud right along with him. I bartered my soul, and in the end, I lost the one thing that I wanted most in this world…. my wife.

Six months ago, Annalee gave me an ultimatum. Tell her about my secrets, or move out. I can’t confess to her that I’ve done shady business dealings to ruin my own father. In the end I let her go.

But now? Now I can have her back. Taking down my dad, I learned that you don’t get what you want by following the rules. What I want now is my wife back. I want her back in my life and in my bed….I’m playing to win, and I’ll fight as dirty as I have to.

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ABOUT SERAPHINA

Seraphina Donavan is a hopeless romantic with a wicked & oh-so-dirty mind! Those things, combined with her love of writing, prompted her to take the leap and transform those fantasies into written words on a page. As a curvy girl herself, Seraphina has made it a point to celebrate those women with delicious curves with her work through writing and the hot men who love them.

She currently has 18 published books and one anthology and is working on many more..

Living in Central Kentucky, Seraphina spends her time rescuing stray animals, working for a non-profit agency and dreaming of becoming a best-selling author. She lives in a home that has more character than working parts and enjoys spending time with her fur babies. Feel free to contact her with any questions or thoughts on your mind.. She loves connecting with her readers & hearing from anyone!

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Our Book Review – Before The Lies (A Prequel to the Truth Series) – Elaine May

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** Provided on behalf of the author for an honest review **

Have you ever read a novel so heartbreaking that it shatters your heart into a million pieces?

Have you ever read a novel so breathtakingly beautiful that it simply takes your breath away?

Have you ever read a novel so raw and confronting that it leaves you utterly speechlees?

Have you ever read a novel so sinister, manipulative and evil that it leaves you questioning everything?

Well we just found it.

Before The Lies is a prequel to the Truth Series.
For all of those who have read the Truth Series we know about Isla and her amazing story.
But what happened prior?
Where did it all begin?
How did Isla evolve?
What was her mother Rosa like?
What did she endure?

The answers are in this amazingly written novel that had us simply captivated from beginning to end.
It’s raw, highly confronting, powerful, heartbreaking, heartwarming, just an amazing read.
It tells a tale of a young girl living in hell and makes the decision to trade her current hellish life to a new one.
It tells a tale of a young girl grasping at anything she can to feel love.
It tells a tale about a girl who goes from one nightmare straight into another.
It tells a tale about hope.
It tells a tale about trust.
It tells a tale about love.

You name it, this novel has it.

Elaine May has given us an absolute gut wrenching read that shouldn’t be missed. Her writing ability and stength had us clinging onto every word read, every page turned. She held us hostage with her beautifully descriptive and in-depth words. We were absolutely flawed by this novel.

To Elaine we say thank you.
Thank you so much for giving Rosa a voice.
Thank you for sharing her story.
Thank you for giving us Before The Lies.

A definite 5 star read.

Goodreads Link

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Release Blitz – Dominant Persuasions – Various Authors

Dominant Persuasions: Twelve tales of dominance and submission…where mastery meets passion.

12 Scintillating tales of Dominance and submission as told by your favorite Amazon, NYT, & USA Today Bestselling Authors.

In a world of power plays, and safewords, only the strongest can find pleasure in submission. From strangers passing in the night, to lifetime loves that spark with new life; join us in the intriguing world of BDSM. No is not a safeword, and this deal is only available for a limited time!

Featured Novellas:

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Out of Order by Bella Juarez

Surrender Her Inhibitions by Nicole Morgan

Make Believe Submissive by Daisy Philips

Under His Protection by Doris O’Connor

Broken by Julia Sykes

The Sub That Got Away by Amy J. Hawthorn

In His Hands by Raven McAllan

Indulge by Sherri Hayes

Submitting To Temptation by Jan Graham

Fire and Ice (An Excerpt from KNOTTED) by Juliet Braddock

Yes, Justin (Expanded Edition) by Michele Zurlo

 

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Blurb for Yes, Justin by Michele Zurlo

After fifteen years and two kids, the romance has fled from Trish’s marriage. When a friend introduces her to BDSM, she decides it’s what she wants—to have her body and soul mastered by a man who is completely focused on her. And that’s not her husband, whose life revolves around his career.

Justin isn’t shocked when he finds out his wife is planning to cheat on him. They’ve been drifting apart for years, and he hates it. To save their marriage, he’ll carry out her kidnap fantasy, fulfill her desire to be dominated, and force her to confront the reasons she wanted to be there in the first place.

 

Enjoy this excerpt of Yes, Justin by Michele Zurlo

Zurlo Yes Justin 2Steam wafted from the tub. She turned off the faucet and eased herself into the water. Cream coated the insides of her thighs, and sweat made other parts of her sticky. She wanted to be clean for Justin. Not since her wedding day had she so wanted to floor Justin with her appearance.

She washed and ran fresh water. Her time was almost up. Maybe he would join her in the tub. Maybe he would bend her over the side and fuck her. Maybe he would tie her to the door. Desire flared, and her hand crept lower, caressing her thigh before finding her soft folds. She pressed her clit. The little nub was already hard and ready.

“I told you not to do that.”

Her eyes flew open. She hadn’t heard the door. Her body was submerged to her shoulders, meaning she could only feel the cool air he brought on her face.

She smiled the most inviting smile she could muster. “I was just thinking about you.”

He pressed his lips together. Instead of feeling defensive, as she usually felt whenever he displayed this expression, she felt the tingle of anticipation.

“Stand up and let the water out.”

She did as he commanded, flipping the lever for the drain with her toe. He wrapped a towel around her and lifted her from the tub. She reached to take the towel from him so she could dry off, but he shook his head.

“No, Trish. You belong to me. I’ll take care of you.”

He patted her dry, and then he turned to the array of after-bath products on the counter. They were hers. She hadn’t noticed those before.

“Lie on the massage table, face down.”

The table had a place for her face to rest. She did as he commanded. He traced paths down her arms, across her shoulders, over her back and legs. There was no continuity to his pattern. He explored, leaving gooseflesh in his wake. Patricia shivered.

“I’m going to take out the plug. I need you to relax.”

A tug and it was gone. The sensation of fullness disappeared, leaving her feeling abandoned and empty. The wet sound of lotion being pumped caught her attention.

Not once in fifteen years had he ever attempted to do anything like this. As he rubbed in the cream, his hands massaged and caressed. It was as erotic as it was tender, as sexy as it was sweet.

“Turn over.”

Zurlo Yes JustinHe paid the same attention to the front of her body, lingering over her breasts and kneading them with care. When he finished, she felt like liquid. She could assume any shape he wanted. She would do anything he commanded. He brushed his finger over her lips, rubbing in her favorite lip balm.

“Spread your legs, slave.”

The narrowness of the table required her to bend her knees and drop her legs over the side. He teased her folds with the same gentle pressure he had used on her back. Wetness smeared where he touched. The massage had done its job.

“So wet, my slave. So wet for me.”

She wanted him to press harder, to thrust his fingers inside and fuck her with them. He withdrew, and she held in a whimper of protest.

Blurb for In His Hands by Raven McAllan

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In Monsoon season in Hong Kong, anything can happen…Even so, the last thing Caness Clacher expected was to meet a Dom. The very man who made her want to sink to her knees and say, ‘Yes, Sir’. Unbeknown to her Patrick Lim had waited a long time to claim Caness as his sub. Without electricity and with a monsoon raging, it’s time to explore their desires. Will the elements work in their favor or not… Only time—and a scene—will tell.

Enjoy this excerpt from In His Hands by Raven McAllan

“Sodding monsoon, stops everything.”

He looked down the alley toward the main road, where the traffic was queuing in a never-ending stream of vehicles streaming past, even if it was at a slow, slower or stop and start pace. “Everything?”

His raised eyebrow made her chuckle. “Almost everything. But the two hour get home or be stranded warning was over an hour ago. I’m on borrowed time. Fuck. Look, Mr. Whoever, nice to meet you, and all that, but seriously I aught to go.”

“You aught to be spanked for language like that. Don’t let me hear it again. Unless of course you want a spanking. That would be my pleasure.”

To judge by the gush of liquid that dampened her panties yet again, it would be her pleasure as well.

Oh lordy. “Look you still haven’t told me who you are, so this seems a bit stalkerish, and well, scary. Corporal punishment scary.”

His eyes widened and he waggled one long finger in front of her face. An intricately carved ring of twisted silver shone in the ever-increasing gloom. “You don’t really think that. I watched your face when you realized what this jewelry was for.” He took hold of her chin and pressed a swift kiss to her lips. Before she even registered what he intended to do, he’d moved back and straightened. “Patrick Lim at your service. Now, pet, get your sweet booty inside, and let me lock up.”

So I wasn’t far wrong.

“This is yours?” She gestured at the gallery.

“All mine.” He patted her bum, somewhat harder than a gentle move it tap, but not a full on spank—more was the pity. “I don’t ask twice and I do expect to be obeyed.”

He does? Lord almighty. “What are you?” she blurted, and could have cut her tongue out at her tumbled breathless words. They would set a good impression, not. “Are you a silversmith?”

He turned and did that bloody sexy one eyebrow raised thing again, before he inclined his head. “A master.” He invested the word with something indefinable. Whatever it was made her swallow and drop her gaze to his feet, clad, she’d bet her weeks salary, in Gucci loafers.

“Oh I like that.” His words were soft but the intent in them made her lift her head sharply and shut her eyes briefly.

If he meant what she thought he meant, she was in big trouble. Caness shook her head again and wet strands of hair flicked water towards him, splattering his suit and cheeks. Droplets ran down her chest and pooled in her cleavage. That was all she needed.

He watched one errant raindrop chase another one across her skin and under the neck of her blouse. “That is where my tongue should be.”

What?

“Look,” Caness said desperately. “I’ll be fine if I go now. I don’t want to take you out of your way.”

He turned toward the window, and lifted the silver jewelry out. “Give me five minutes and we’ll be on our way. And before you come up with excuses, I know where you live. Glorianna Villas in Sai Kung.”

“How? No don’t tell me, Anthony told you.”

Patrick pulled the window blinds down, and locked the door. “Amongst other things.” He looked over his shoulder at her as he moved into a back room. “Here you are, catch.” A second later a fine linen towel flew through the air toward her. Caness caught it automatically.

“He worries.” His voice became faint and she heard the clank of a heavy metal door. Presumably he was putting the jewelry in the safe. It must be worth thousands.

Damn, I’d love to have tried it on.

“What other things?” she asked suspiciously as she tried to dry her hair, cleavage, and legs. Wet stockings were the pits, but there was no way she was going to take them off. No doubt he’d come back in and see her with her skirt bunched up around her ass and her lacy underwear on show. Caness was a great believer in the motto, “if you look good under your camouflage you’ll feel good and act it.” She might have to present an image of a banker on the outside—whatever that image was—however what she wore underneath her prim and proper suits was anything but.

“That you’re denying your true needs because there’s no one strong enough to take you on.”

 

Release Blitz – Sensing You (Sensing Series Book One) – J.M. Adele

Title: Sensing You

Series: Sensing #1

Author: J.M. Adele

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Suspense Romance

Published: March 30, 2016

Gift or curse?

Ronnie has inherited her granny’s gift of a sixth sense. But for her it’s not a gift, it’s a curse. She’s unable to trust anybody with her secret, unable to form any meaningful relationships beyond what she has with the woman who shares her abilities. She’s learned to hide behind a solid wall of bitchiness.

When the ghost of a persistent young woman infiltrates Ronnie’s world, she can no longer avoid the visions plaguing her. Reluctantly, she starts to open up to friendship, happiness and love, discovering that fate has more surprises in store for her future than she imagined. Including a man who might actually be able to understand the pain she harbours under her tough exterior.

But as she learns more about her gift she finds herself in situations she isn’t prepared for. Now she’s in grave danger.

Will she be able to stop a madman before she becomes his next target?

 

 

 

Sensing You Excerpt © J.M. Adele 2016

 

The imposing beauty of old Government House filled my vision. I stood like a statue on the perfectly manicured lawn in front of the sandstone magnificence. My stomach tumbled, and the skin of my neck and arms prickled with fear and excitement. I loved old buildings. Old, haunted buildings. I just couldn’t bring myself to go inside them. I spent a great deal of time avoiding spirits, so the idea of putting myself in their path, on purpose, went against my instincts. Ridiculous, I know.  But this was all about taking back control.

I pouted my lips, and slowly breathed in and out through my nose, shaking my arms and legs in preparation for battle. Stepping into the building, I could almost feel the people who’d lived here generations before. It smelled of ingrained dust. Not the dirty kind. Just the irremovable layering of years in the pores of every surface. Rich burgundy shaded the walls, complementing the rich, dark wood of the windows and doors. This was the womb of the house, dark and crowded, but cosy.

The receptionist started her welcome speech, offering me a brochure, and pointing the way to the courtyard café where I ‘might like to end my tour’. Not likely. I took it by my fingertips, careful not to make contact, and moved past the people watching a documentary on a small screen. Immediately, I was drawn to the Governor’s Library, and not because of the books. I could see her. A maid wearing a black dress with layers of skirts and a white apron. She bustled around, dusting every surface. Humming quietly, quite happy in her work. A relieved breath eased from my lungs. I could do this. The smile that stretched my face felt foreign, but welcome in this public place.

I worked my way back to the winding staircase that led to the art gallery. Yet another reason I was drawn to this place. The display of William Robinson’s works. He won the Archibald Prize two times. Twice! He was more of an expressionist than a realist. A misfit like me appreciated the individual interpretation of his views on life.

I wandered through the bedrooms turned into art displays, until I reached the self-portrait of the artist with his brother, clad in opposing outfits. Comfy PJ’s versus knowledge and power. Both of them depicted with solemn expressions. The laugh bubbled up from my gut, escaping without my permission, just like the smile I’d been wearing before. It felt fucking awesome to let it out. Until I heard a deep laugh join the melody of mine.

My tailbone throbbed at seeing him again. He was laughing at my shoes, not the painting. What’s so funny about my sneakers? I watched as his eyes travelled over me, the pupils growing larger despite the bright light streaming in the windows. My heart pounded, and my muscles tightened in response. I wanted to run before they reached my face, but I was too slow. He looked at me, rendering me speechless with his smile. He didn’t smile like that before. Given the circumstance of our past meeting, I probably would’ve slapped it off his face. Now, it’s an art work all on its own.

My heart galloped along, out of control. Lord knows where it wanted to go, but it definitely felt like it wanted to leave my chest and leap into someone else’s. It was scaring the shit out of me. His smile faded a little and he took a step back, and said something about the artwork. I couldn’t answer. My vocal chords had checked out on me, apparently on board with the travel plans taking place inside my rib cage.

His boots thumped against the floorboards as he retreated another step. He was looking at me strangely, continuing to prattle about the painting. I couldn’t figure out what he was thinking, but his feet spoke for him. Two times he backed away… Twice. I was used to it. I encouraged it. I couldn’t afford to let people in. But watching him stand there looking scruffy and dangerous… holy shit… he was sexy. I didn’t want him to back away. I wanted him to take a step closer. But those buckled, biker boots backed up, slicing a piece off my tough exterior as they went. With my vulnerable centre exposed, the second step cut even deeper. I couldn’t let it happen again. So I ran.

That’s what I do. I’m good at it.

J.M. Adele is the author of the contemporary romance novella, Remembering Home, and paranormal romance, Sensing You—coming soon. She lives in Queensland, Australia with her husband, three boisterous boys and two geriatric Labradors.

Working as a nurse in a former life allowed her to meet all sorts of wonderful people and gain many different perspectives on life. Her love of, and addiction to stories prompted characters of her own to take up residence in her daydreams. When they became more insistent, she finally took pencil to paper.

 

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