Promo Tour – Finding Sam (A Sequel to A Reliant Love) – Taylor Lavati


Finding Sam

by Taylor Lavati

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Sometimes, the past isn’t

supposed to be forgotten. 

Sam is convinced he’s cursed. Everything he

touches dies. He leaves his past behind and travels across the country, hoping

the distance will save the loved ones he’s left. When his car breaks down, he becomes

stranded, finding comfort in a stray dog. 

Despite the fact that he refuses to build any

relationships, the people of Sterling, Colorado wiggle their way into his

heart. His adopted dog, Lucky, shows him he can handle responsibility. His new

boss, Lenny, shows him he has purpose. His neighbor, Izzy, shows him he’s

capable of love again. But can Sam find happiness after he’s lost it all? 

Finding Sam, the sequel to the bestselling novel

of addiction and attraction, A Reliant Love, is a tale of redemption,

acceptance, and finding yourself.




“I shouldn’t be

here,” I mutter under my breath.

“Like in this town

or here in the kitchen with me?” She quirks her head to the side and crosses

her arms over her chest. It’s defensive, but not, at the same time. More likely

a precautionary arm cross.


“Do you not like

me? I know I can talk a lot, and I’m trying hard to be positive in this awkward

situation. Sometimes it’s just one comment too much that can set someone off.

I’m sure you can tell, but I’m normally really upbeat and positive.” She nods

like a hundred times.


“Anything can

happen at anytime, so you have to live every day like it’s your last. That guy

just pisses me off.” She shakes her head, dragging in a loud breath.

“Listen, I’m not

begging you to like me,” she says as she slams the refrigerator door shut.

“It’s just that you’re new around here, and I saw you as a clean slate. I just

want to be friends, so if you have a girlfriend, that’s fine.” She steps

forward and grabs my forearm. I stare down at where our bare flesh connects.

“Seriously, I’m not a relationship person. I don’t believe in relationships,

but I do respect them. I’d never step on another girl’s toes. I just want to be


“I’m leaving the

second my car is fixed.” My words ring with finality. Her hand falls from me as

she steps backwards towards the fridge like I slapped her.


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A Reliant Love



Nathalie Carter wants one thing: independence. She has paid her dues by living at home under her parents’ watchful eyes, earning grades to give her a ticket out and joining clubs she had no interest in to get into college. 



She plans to experience things she believes every new adult should—from falling in love to playing beer pong and pulling an all-nighter to skipping class because she’s too hungover. But nothing ever seems to go as planned, and she gets pulled into a world she never imagined existed. 





Samuel Torrington’s past refuses to release him from its vise-like grip; but he has a plan, and once his senior year of college is over, he can finally move away and start anew. His addictions help him get through day-to-day life, but he’s constantly battling darker demons. 





Fate brings the two together, and chance takes them on a roller coaster ride that neither would dare hop off. Within destiny’s grasp, they realize there are two things impossible to fight—addiction and attraction. 



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Taylor Lavati is the twenty-four year old author of the bestselling fantasy trilogy, A Curse Books. She writes contemporary romances, such as A Reliant Love and For The Love of Ash. She also writes a dystopian serial called The Last Legacy. More books under her name can be found under the “BOOKS” tab.



Raised in a small Connecticut town, Taylor now works locally at a pre-school teaching children between the ages of 2 and 5 while writing in her free time. She loves to read–the author who most inspires her: Jodi Picoult. 





She’s a Gemini to the core. She married in August 2014, and has a pretty little fur-baby. She was on the varsity Ice Hockey team in high school. She performed dance at various arenas, like Disney World Epcot center and Madison Square Garden. And she’s probably the most competitive person on the face of the earth (especially when playing video/board games with her husband).  





If you play League of Legends, be sure to add me @Eclippzz (Twilight reference)


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Promo Tour – Bound to Ransom (Bound Series #2) – Kiru Taye

Title: Bound to Ransom

Series: Bound #2

Author: Kiru Taye

Genre: Adult, Suspense Romance

Published: March 21, 2016

Since the death of her mother, Gloria Rawlins’ life has been a string of disappointments by the people she cares about; first by her father and then in a series of disastrous relationships that have shattered pieces of her heart one after another. She knows she’s no angel and refuses to make herself vulnerable to anyone again. Until one man threatens to strip away the wall shielding her heart.

Henry Coker is not afraid of challenges. Abandoned by his father and raised by a single mother, he’s had to work hard from the bottom up to prove himself to his peers and the world. But Gloria, the one person he desires above all others remains out of reach until an opportunity presents itself and he has the chance to buy her from her father.

Despite their incongruous arrangement, desire like theirs cannot be hidden and passion sizzles between them. But making someone fall in love may just be a challenge too far.

Bound to Ransom is a story about breaking the cycle of self-destruction, finding redemption and the powerful love that endures.




Bound to Ransom Excerpt © Kiru Taye 2016


For a few seconds, Gloria stood still staring at the door, her father’s slumped shoulders and laden footsteps as he left replaying in her mind over and over.

Her chin trembled and she stared down to her empty hands feeling a little lost. What was going on? When she’d left home today, she’d thought she’d be escorting her dad to the meeting for moral support. She hadn’t known she wouldn’t be going back home with him.

“Will you need anything else?” James appeared at the door.

She blinked and turned around so he couldn’t see the tears in her eyes.

“No. That will be all for now. Thanks, James,” Henry said in a deep calm voice that settled over her like a warm blanket.

She’d momentarily forgotten he was still in the room as he hadn’t said anything when her father had made the speech about making him pay if anything bad happened to her.

The quiet click of the door announced that James had departed and it was now the two of them alone in the office.

The space wasn’t as massive as Ike’s office, but it was large enough. The furniture pieces were designed for functionality rather than aesthetics, and they matched the personality of the man who worked here.

Henry had gone quiet again. He had to be watching her because the hairs on the back of her neck stood erect. She sucked in a deep breath to ease the tension that had returned to her shoulders. Chin tilted up and shoulders squared, she turned to face him.

He sat back on the sofa, ankle crossed over the other knee, left hand on the padded arm of the seater and right fingers stroking the soft leather cushion beside him.

For one moment, her gaze tracked the slow, caressing movements of his hand and she imagined it was her bare skin. Her nipples pebbled and warmth spread across her body.

“Gloria, come and sit down. We need to talk.”

His words roused her from her daydream. She looked up at his face. His lips curled in a lopsided smirk, his head cocked.

Her nose flared. She raised her chin as she swallowed the lump in her throat.

“Yes, we need to talk. But I’m not sitting down until I know exactly what’s going on.”

He didn’t move, his intent gaze unwavering. “I thought your father explained everything to you. You now belong to me.”

A shiver travelled down her spine at the rough edge to his words.

“Belong to you?” She laughed derisively. “We’re not married yet. I don’t belong to you or anyone else.”

He brushed lint off his jacket leisurely before undoing the buttons and slipping it off his body. The white-blue hairline stripe shirt fit his body like a glove and the navy blue herringbone silk tie matched his suit. Square silver cufflinks glinted as he lifted the champagne bottle out of the bucket with a napkin.

“We’re not getting married,” he said as he gently pushed the cork from the bottle.

She reared back.

“We’re not? Isn’t that what this whole deal is about?” She waved her hand around in the air.

He didn’t look up at her but continued working the cork. Slowly. Deliberately.

“I don’t know anywhere in the world where a man has to pay a hundred million dollars to marry a wife. If I’d wanted a marriage, I would’ve done it for a whole lot less and certainly to a woman who doesn’t hate my guts.”

He was definitely right about the fact that she hated his guts. But her mind was stuck on the amount.

“You paid a hundred million dollars?”

“Yes,” he said as the cork popped.

She flinched and froze as the realisation hit her. “You bought me.”

“That’s right, Princess. I own every piece of you—lock, stock, and designer hair.” He winked at her as he poured the bubbly drink into the crystal flutes.

Kiru is the award winning author of His Treasure. She writes sensual and passionate multicultural romance stories set mostly in Africa. When she’s not writing you can find her either immersed in a good book or catching up with friends and family. She currently lives in the South of England with her husband and three children.

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Promo Tour – Heartstrings – Kelli McCracken




by Kelli McCracken

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“You’ve suffered a terrible tragedy, Jo.” That’s what my

doctor keeps telling me. All I know is that I’ve lost everything—my ability to

play piano, six years of my life, my will to live…

The only thing keeping Jocelyn ‘Jo’ Hayes from falling apart is her brother,

Brighton, whose past is sketchier than her mind. Brighton’s hiding secrets. He

refuses to give Jo the answers she needs, but after she meets the mysterious

Adam, she decides to keep secrets of her own.

As Jo’s recovery fluctuates, Adam’s purpose in her life grows more confusing.

Then Paxton Carr shows up at her door. His resemblance to Adam sends Jo’s on a

quest to discover the truth and regain her memories.

But the truth doesn’t always set someone free. Will Jo find the missing pieces

of her memory and solve the riddle she calls life, or will the ugly truth

destroy what’s left of her mind?





What people are saying about


All I can say is Kelli McCracken blew my

mind but in a good way. WOW! So AMAZING! ~ Sweet N Sassy Book A Holics

I am not new to Kelli McCracken’s ability

to create art with words…as having read the Soulmate series books, but I must

say she blew me away with this book! Her characters are so real and simply

become a part of your life from page one until the end…and linger after that. ~ Lara Lynn

This book has the most precious love

story written. I would love to see it on the big screen. Without a doubt, Kelli

is the Queen of Romance within a mystery package. She is especially my number

one author for love stories. ~ Dee Archer

I cannot begin to describe how much I

enjoyed this book. It’s so full of emotion and keeps you guessing all the way

through! I couldn’t bare to stop reading, and devoured it in just one day! ~




Tell us a little about yourself and your background?


I’m just a crazy lady who listens to the voices in her head and writes stories about these pesky people. lol. I’ve been writing since I was 13 years old (11 if you count poetry). I’m a chocolate connoisseur, professional percolator, and master in the art of procrastination. Some people say I have a sense of humor. Who’da thunk it? 😀


I write paranormal romance, though it’s on the lighter side. The first book in my Soulmate Series was mistaken for a contemporary romance by a lot of readers. There’s more of a paranormal element in the subsequent books. I do plan to write a few contemporary novels soon, but paranormal is my chosen genre.


Which writers inspire you?


Edgar Allan Poe is part of the reason I began writing. His work is dark but passionate. He knew how to hit a nerve with his readers. Stephen King inspires me as well. To me, he is one of those people who defines perseverance. The man received so many rejection letters early in his career but he kept writing and submitting his work until it made it into the right hands. Whenever I feel like giving up on writing, I think about what he went through. 


Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?


Marlon Teixeira is a male model, so I’m not sure about his acting skill 😉 but visually, he makes a great Dylan McBride


Heaven Lewis is a tough one. I’ve always imagined Natalie Portman or Crystal Reed (ex Alison from Teen Wolf)


Cam Gigandet would make a great Layne Perry


When did you decide to become a writer?


I’ve always loved writing and reading. I’ve had an overactive imagination since I was a kid, but writing came into play through poetry when I was 11. I started writing stories at the age of 13. I decided to do this full time back in 2010 and published my debut novel in November of 2011.


Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?


Believe it or not, I write quite a bit on my iPhone when I can’t get to my laptop, which is where I do most of my writing.


Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?


I used to get an idea and just run with it, but with my last two books, I used on an outline. I did the same for my current work in progress. Not that characters like sticking to what I plan for them. Layne Perry is a prime example of this. He wasn’t originally supposed to have such a huge part in this series, but when Dylan grew quiet, Layne didn’t. His story came to the forefront.


Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.


I’ve had a love affair with books even before I could read. I would sit with my picture books in my lap for hours, creating my own stories to match the illustrations. I love reading, though I don’t get to do it as much as I used to. Some of my favorites are J R R Tolkien, Johanna Lindsey, PC & Kristin Cast, Amber Scott, Elena Gray, and Stephen King.


Do you think that giving books away free works and why?


If you mean by doing giveaways and contests, I’m not really sure. I think authors have a 50/50 shot in gaining a new reader this way. When it comes to free books on Amazon, the answer is no. When Amazon’s Prime program began in late 2011, it created a buzz that drew in customers. But as more and more authors began using it, the site became saturated with free books. Most people who shop for free books never read them. I’m not saying everyone does this. I have a good friend who shops for free books to find new authors. It’s a great way to discover a new author without having to pay for a book you may not like. But most people who get free books don’t read them. It also opens up more piracy opportunities.


How do you relax?


Relax? What is this relax thing you speak of? lol. When I can find the time, I like taking walks or soaking in a long hot bath with a glass of wine. Whenever I release a book, I like to veg out with a movie marathon.


What is your favorite book and why?


I can’t pick a favorite. I love PC & Kristin Cast’s House of Night series and Johanna Lindsey’s The Devil Who Tamed Her. Stephen King’s Carrie is one of my all time favorites.


What is your favorite quote?


“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” —Steve Jobs


What is your favorite movie and why?


Again, this is another hard decision. There a couple movies I could watch over and over.


1) Pretty Woman

2) He’s Just Not That Into You

3) Dazed and Confused 


Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?


J. R. R. Tolkien. I love his work. His imagination was so vast. I’m envious.


What advice would you give to aspiring writers?


Don’t go into this industry expecting to be a best seller. Go in with the idea of creating something that makes you happy then share it with the world. As long as you’re happy with what you’ve created, no one else’s opinions matter, and you will be faced with many opinions. 


Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?


 I don’t see much changing, other than having more published books. I’m in this for the long haul. 


If you had a superpower, what would it be?


Funny you should ask that considering my characters have some superpowers of their own. 😉 I would have to say I’d want teleportation abilities. Imagine how much money you’d save in gas and car expenses. 


What secret talents do you have?


I’m ambidextrous. Oh, I read tarot cards too. 


Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?


Greece and Ireland. Greece, because of the amount of history. Ireland, because of family heritage.


What is something you want to accomplish before you die?


Learn to play guitar


What does your writing process look like?


A hot mess. 🙂 As scenes come to me, I take notes on my phone and usually transfer them to my computer when I have time. I use Scrivener to organize my notes and create my outlines. Once my outline is complete, or pretty close, I start writing. Sometimes I write before I do an outline. Either way, it gets me where I’m going. After I start writing, I’m a slave to the story from 7am to 4pm each day. I used to write around the clock, but having a family makes that impossible. I want time with my kids and husband too.


What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?


Aside from my kids? 🙂 To me, it was taking control of my career. Being an indie author isn’t easy by any means, but I like the fact that I have control of every aspect of my career. 


Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?


I don’t think so. When I first started, I had a little trouble with action scenes, but I think I’ve gotten better. I just write the story the way the characters tell it.


Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?


Yes. I learned that love is about more than being with someone. It’s about the sacrifices you’re willing to make for that person, not because you have to or it’s expected, but because you want to.


Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.


I’m fortunate that I have a lot of supportive people. Naming one seems a bit unfair because I consider them a part of my team and without them, none of this would be possible. My two editors, my PA, and a few good friends are to me, on entity. My team.


Can you share a little of your current work with us?


Sure. I’d love to share it. Thank you for asking. This if from my newest release, Heartstrings:


It was gloomy, and cold, and the rain misting upon me was so light, it was as if I’d stumbled into a spider web, dragging it along with every step. The fog, like my confusion, thickened the further I walked. The constant whirling in the distance ignited my curiosity. I wasn’t sure what lie ahead, just out of view, but I knew it was something important, something that resulted from dire consequences.


The surrounding trees with their aggressive limbs slowed my progression. If not for them or the snow-covered ground, I would have sworn I was walking through sand. The snow wasn’t much better, and the trees… Each low hanging branch grabbed at my clothing like skeleton fingers, just as slim, and harsh, and terrifying.


I picked up my pace as best I could. My heart raced to the point I thought it would break free of the cage in which it was captured—my ribs. I wasn’t sure how I’d gotten here, or where here was, but I knew if I didn’t find my way out, I’d be lost in darkness forever.


Lights flickered in the distance. I hurried toward them though my head spun fiercely. The faster I moved, the more they grew out of reach. It was like being in a bad dream and seeing a door at the end of a tunnel. Despite how many steps I took, I never reached the end.


Screeching pieced my ears. The sky above was dark and dreary, but showed no signs of the owl I swore had made the noise. Yet the noise reoccurred, only louder—closer. Its sharp, crisp vibrations didn’t resemble an animal, but something mechanical. Perhaps it was a piece of heavy machinery. My father operated them all his life. I’d been to his job sites and knew the sound well. Still, something in me said I was wrong about the sound again.


The air grew tainted with smoke. It coupled with the putrid scent of something resembling burnt rubber. There was another scent I didn’t recognize, and it was worse than the former. I stumbled through the fog, desperate to find the source of the commotion, as well as the stench. Dread pumped through my veins. I had no clue what lie ahead. The fog wouldn’t dissipate, which left me fumbling my way through the snow.


What appeared to be the edge of my woodland purgatory loomed ahead. I would soon have answers. Just a little further to edge and—


The sound of metal twisting split the air. I fell to the ground, taking cover just as crunching echoed through the woods. Each heartbeat vibrated my chest. The amount of fear was insurmountable.


Though part of me wanted to stand up and drive forward into the unknown, I couldn’t. My joints froze, keeping my body still. The feeling that something terrible was happening wouldn’t fade. No matter how afraid I was of what was occurring just out of view, I needed answers.


Pushing myself back to a stand, I clung to a tree, gawking at the edge of the woods. More lights flickered. Each flash beckoned me forward until I couldn’t resist the urge to move. I crept closer, hoping my heart wouldn’t explode before I received the answers to my questions. And just as I stepped from the slumbering, snow filled woodlands, blackness entrapped me. And I fell.


My body twirled through a bottomless pit that pulled me further into its desperate nothingness. I grabbed and kicked about frantically. My last hope of finding something to stop me slipped away.


Then my body crashed into something hard. I lurched forward as my eyes flew open and the spinning stopped. My hands fisted the soft fabric beneath them. Once they came into view, a breath of relief filled my lungs.


I was home, safe and sound and tucked into my bed. The fabric was nothing more than my sheets, and the nothingness from which I’d came, a bad dream. Knowing as much provided me with a small sense of peace. But it didn’t last long. Despite the fact that I’d escaped the darkness of my subconscious, I was faced with one reality I didn’t want.


The answers I sought were still questions waiting to be unraveled. And the memories I longed to regain were still locked away in the part of my brain that refused to cooperate.


Tears warmed my cheeks before I buried my face into my pillow. And I wept. Uncontrollably. Profusely. Hopelessly…


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?


Time. There isn’t enough hours in a day and I’m always struggling to find time to write some days because there is so much going on, both professionally and personally. This is why I take a lot of notes on my phone. 😉


What book are you reading now?


I haven’t started a new book yet. I’m hoping to dig into the last two books of the House of Night Series by PC and Kristin Casts. I love those books.


What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?


Paranormal romance is my favorite, but I do have a few contemporary romances planned. I write, for the most part, on the lighter side of paranormal. No vampires or shifters (though I do enjoy reading these types of books). My first book was mistaken for contemporary romance by a lot of readers. They got a big shock with book two. 


While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?


Always. They’re so vivid to me anyway, especially Layne Perry.






Kelli McCracken spends most of her days in front of her

computer, crafting her next novel. She loves to read and occasionally curls up

with a good book. When she’s not chauffeuring kids, cleaning house, or

hog-tying unruly characters, she enjoys taking hikes, drinking coffee, or

listening to music.

“I’ve learned that in life, you can never take anything too serious.

Murphy’s Law never fails, and if you spend your life trying to be perfect, you

miss out on mishaps that can turn into miracles. Take time to appreciate life.

It’s gone before you know it.”

Kelli lives with her husband and children in Eastern Kentucky. To learn more

about the author, you can find her on Facebook or visit her website.





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Promo Tour – What The Heart Desires – Kelli McCracken



What the Heart Desires

by Kelli McCracken

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Torn by desire, will loving her mean the death of him?

Dylan McBride’s Seeker abilities have always kept him a step ahead of his father. But one step isn’t enough when it comes to his wife and child. His confrontation with his father leaves him questioning everything he knows, including his part in the Supreme Trinity.

Layne continues growing stronger, as does his Seeker. The more time he and Heaven share, the more he’s able to control his Keeper abilities. But when new secrets begin emerging, he’s forced to face the truth, as well as the emotions he’s kept buried.

Among the death threats, constant hiding, and birth of her child, Heaven struggles to keep the peace between her soulmate and Keeper. More lies are exposed, threatening to destroy all that she loves. Will she be able to deny the truth once it’s discovered or will she give in to what the heart desires?





As a curator of characters, you’ll normally find Kelli McCracken

sitting at her desk, working hard on her next novel. When she’s not arguing

with those persistent people inside her head, you can find her hanging out on

Facebook, chatting with readers about books and upcoming writing projects.


“It seems like all I ever do is write…and listen to Layne. He’s always

whispering something naughty in my ear, like being dipped in chocolate. Now I’m

craving a Kit-Kat. Welcome to my zany life, where sanity is optional, romance

is required, and liquor is most definitely quicker. Jack Daniels keeps me sane,

my characters, not so much.”


Kelli lives with her husband, four children, and her German Shepherd fur baby

in the Ohio Valley region in the United States. If you’d like to learn more

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Promo Tour – Whipped (The Decadent Series Book Three) – Kelly Collins


The Decadent Series Book Three

by Kelly Collins

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Roxy Somerville grew up with everything. Sports cars and designer clothes were commonplace in her life. Love, affection, and autonomy were not. She left her life of luxury, and traded her riches for freedom, a freedom that would lead her back to her first love. A freedom that nearly cost her life.

Bobby Anderson had very little in the way of financial wealth. He had a supportive family and it made him the richest of men. For a time, he had Roxy, then she was gone. Now she’s back in his life, and he will stop at nothing to keep her.

Travel through past mistakes to second chances. Take a journey straight to the heart of love. Whipped is dipped in intrigue and suspense, amidst sizzling hot passion. Once you find yourself Whipped, there is no turning back.




 Other Books in the Series:


Just Dessert

The Decadent Series Book One



Brownie Points

The Decadent Series Book Two


About Kelly



Collins lives in Colorado with her husband, James. She’s the proud mother of

three young adults. They are her greatest accomplishment.


has always been a passion. That passion turned into a career after she took a

flight to New York and asked a what if question. That question turned into her

first book, Tempo.


has a passion for her family, a love of lemon drop martinis and is known to

stop for anything shiny. She loves hockey, gerbera daisies and standing in

front of her fireplace until she nearly combusts.


with a martini and her laptop, Kelly wants nothing more than to create a world

that any woman would want to explore.


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Promo Tour – What The Heart Takes – Kelli McCracken


What the Heart Takes
by Kelli McCracken
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Compelled by fate, will he sacrifice everything to save her?

Dylan McBride has never liked hiding—from his fans, the press, or his father. He’s left with no other choice after his father threatens Heaven’s life. Protecting his wife and unborn child is the only thing that matters. He’d do anything to save them. Even tolerate a connection she shares with her Keeper, the man sworn to save her life. The man he used to call his friend.

Layne’s struggling with his pyrokinetic abilities, as well as accepting his role as Heaven’s Keeper. As if kissing her didn’t make things awkward enough, he learns that their connection is more complicated than he ever imagined. So complicated, it affects not only his mind, but also his soul.

Though he’s taken to his Keeper duties, Heaven senses a battle between Layne’s heart and soul. A battle that’s preventing him from accessing his abilities. There’s only one sure way to help him. Their friendship must deepen. But nothing’s ever easy, and she soon discovers there’s a thin line between love, hate, and What the Heart Takes.

“I’m sorry,” he sighed, leaning his head against hers. “I
don’t want to feel like this. I sure as hell don’t like you feeling this with
me, but I—”

“Don’t,” she whispered, pressing her finger to his lips.
“Don’t ever apologize for loving me or for any other emotion that stems from
that. I would feel the same as you, if the roles were reversed.”

“No you wouldn’t, because you’re pure of heart. You love
unconditionally. I’m just a jealous jerk.”

“You’re not a jealous jerk. You’re just a man, trying to
protect what he loves.” He tried to look away, but she pressed her hands to his
face, holding it in place. “Nothing will ever change the way I feel about you.
Even if Layne was head-over-heels for me, he isn’t you. My connection with him
is fueling his emotions. He’ll work through them.”

His eyes wavered with emotion, as did their bond. “I know
you love me. I’ve never questioned that, except for Aruba, and that was because
of my stubbornness. I’ve come close to losing you twice because of it. I don’t
want it to happen again.”

“I’m not going anywhere.” She grabbed his hand, placing it
against her stomach. “We’re bound, Dylan. In heart, in soul, in every breath we
take. I will always be yours.”

His lips pressed together as he feigned a smile. “Deep
down, I know you’re right. I shouldn’t let it bother me, but I can’t help it.
Before you came into my life, he was my closest friend. We’ve been through a

“And I complicated that.” Her eyes fell to the floor, but
only for a moment. His fingers slid under her chin as he nudged it upward.

“No, you completed me. You gave me the one thing I’ve searched for my entire life…you.”

As a curator of characters, you’ll normally find Kelli McCracken
sitting at her desk, working hard on her next novel. When she’s not arguing
with those persistent people inside her head, you can find her hanging out on
Facebook, chatting with readers about books and upcoming writing projects.


“It seems like all I ever do is write…and listen to Layne. He’s always
whispering something naughty in my ear, like being dipped in chocolate. Now I’m
craving a Kit-Kat. Welcome to my zany life, where sanity is optional, romance
is required, and liquor is most definitely quicker. Jack Daniels keeps me sane,
my characters, not so much.”



Kelli lives with her husband, four children, and her German Shepherd fur baby
in the Ohio Valley region in the United States. If you’d like to learn more
about Kelli, please visit her on the web at