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$.99 Contemporary Romance Spotlight: Kiss Me: Promise Me Series, Part 3 by Brea Viragh @BreaViragh


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Small-Town Contemporary Romance


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Nell Quade loves trouble, and doesn’t give two hoots about picking men up in a bar. A tried and true method, she knows exactly where to cast her net to draw in the big game. When an interesting, and attractive, stranger comes to town, Nell ends up getting more than she bargained for. He takes the bait and warms her bed for the evening.
It’s Thanksgiving time in the small town of Heartwood, Virginia, and along with her brother Nolan, the family is ready for a fun old-fashioned family get together complete with decorations and drama. The holiday seems to be going well until Nell’s one-night stand appears at the table expecting a seat.
Kai Ingles is Nolan’s roommate, and maybe just a little bit more. Embarrassed, Nell must navigate her way through turkey, mashed potatoes, and intrigue to get to the heart of the matter. And maybe lose her own along the way.

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Excerpt:

I went into the bar looking for trouble.

That’s what I told myself later, when my head cleared and I’d gotten my clothes free of the smell of cigarette smoke. When those wee hours of the morning came and I questioned why I’d felt the need to go out, to capture a man’s attention, to bring him home.

To send him packing in the morning.

When I remembered the past, and hated what I’d been through. Hated what I’d done. Otherwise, why go to the Tooth? It was the only bar in town and reeked of alcohol and deep fryer oil and regret. There were peanut shells on the floor, racing posters on the wall, the ubiquitous pool table where people spent their weekend nights in a haze.

Why did I go?

Because I did my best hunting on a full moon. With the holidays looming, I needed a pick-me-up. Not the normal kind in the form of chocolate or candy or an entire pint of ice cream. Nah, I liked mine tall, dark, handsome, never mind the cliché.

That was me. Nell Quade, the perpetual prowler.

November came before I was ready and I didn’t feel equipped to handle Thanksgiving. It wasn’t the holiday traffic. Most of the out-of-towners rolled into my neck of the woods in autumn, when the trees began to turn and flood the mountains with a riotous display of color. Visitors flocked to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia for a taste of country air and small-town living.

They found Heartwood County’s single stoplight “charming.”

My shift had ended at the hospital and I’d changed into my skinniest jeans and my tightest-fitting sweater. A layer of tinted lip gloss went on while I preened in the mirror at brown eyes, a peaches-and-cream mask. At slashing cheekbones, a full pink mouth. The hair wasn’t perfect but I’d live with it as long as the rest held up.

The Tooth was busy even on a normal day. Popular not only with the drinkers and pool players, but also with the older couples needing time away from their own kitchen tables. Say what you will, the place had a dreadful smell but a delicious burger.

I crunched over discarded peanut shells and wiggled my fingers at the bartender, squinting through the smoky haze at the guy who looked like he’d been on a swim team since birth.

The bar was a dive, by a landslide. Trails of smoke danced in the air, and the walls were grimy to the point where no one dared touch them. I sent a glare across the way to the random chick plopped down in my seat, sending her scrambling. Oh God, I had my own seat in the damn place. I had to get out more, and not just to the Tooth.

“Nell.” Fenton greeted me the moment I sat. “I got your drinks just the way you like ‘em.”

“You sure know how to please a girl.”


About the Author:

Brea Viragh

Brea Viragh is a writer based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with degrees from Berea College and Nova Southeastern University. When she isn’t writing, her hobbies include binge-watching HGTV, scouring thrift shops for goodies, and maintaining her alpha status among her boyfriend, puppy, and three cats. A recipient of a 5-Star Writer Award from NY Literary, her work includes the Promise Me series, available online, as well as short stories published in New Realm, eFiction, and Conceit magazines.

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Contemporary Western Romance Feature and Interview: Betting on Kincade by Devon McKay @devonmckay2014


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Contemporary Romance/Western


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From The Wild Rose Press

Release Date: 2/15/17

Everyone Cassie Wilcox loved is gone. And now, thanks to her drunken stepfather, her house and family business will be taken from her, too, unless she can find a way to buy back the ranch from the new owner. With less than two months to come up with money she doesn’t have, her options are running out, and apparently, her common sense as she rents out rooms to an eclectic group of strangers.

Returning home for Dalton Kincade is bittersweet. Not a damn thing has changed. Two years on the rodeo circuit weren’t able to shake free the memory of the feisty redhead who’d broken his heart into a thousand pieces. Nor the sting of her parting words…Never trust a Kincade.

Winning her beloved ranch in a drunken bet is the last thing he expected to happen, but at least he saved it for her. Now, he has to figure out how to break that news to a woman who never wants to see him again. Renting a room in the house he now owns might be a risk, but it’s nothing compared to betting his heart on winning back the love of his life.

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Excerpt:

“Are you going to play or just sit there?” Gary Evans slurred in drunken angst as he kicked back his chair and leaned over the table. Not waiting for a reply, he picked up the crisp piece of paper lodged between them, waved it in the air, and then, slammed the deed to the Wilcox land back down on the hard pressed wood.
Cautiously, Dalton stationed a deadly stare on the intoxicated fool and noted the shimmering of glee highlighting the steel gray of the man’s eyes. Tapping the top card, he slowly trailed his finger along the swirled red print.
He was a loser no matter the outcome. Should’ve just walked away. Ignored Gary’s foolish bet and the taunts that followed once the hook had been set. It wasn’t as if Cassie would appreciate his effort anyway. Regardless, he couldn’t walk away and let her lose it all.
Clenching his jaw, he folded his fingers around the squared edges and paused before picking up the pile.
“Read ‘em and weep,” Gary squealed gleefully as he tossed his cards next to the deed. “Four deuces.” He stumbled from the end of the table, closing the gap between them in one stride, before managing to shove a quadruple of stubby digits in front of Dalton’s face. “Four.”
Dalton studied his hand with guarded fury, then stifled the drunkard’s premature victory with a flick of his wrist.


About the Author:

devon mckay

Devon McKay writes contemporary romance with a western flair. If she’s not writing, she’s busy with chores on her small ranch, working on a stained glass project or walking one of her three dogs through the woods. Her greatest joy is putting a smile on a readers face and hearing from fans.

Please check out Devon’s website at: http://Authordevonmckay.com or contact her by email at: dev.mckay@yahoo.com. You can also follow her on face book at: https://www.facebook.com/DevonMcKay2014
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Author Interview:

Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?
I fell in love with reading and the art of telling stories early on. I knew writing was what I wanted to do, even as a young child.

How many books do you currently have published?
Betting On Kincade is my third published book.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?
My favorite would have to be my first book, Cowboy On The Run.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?
I’m currently writing a story for an anthology with a very talented group of authors called A Cowboy To Keep. It will be coming out June 1st.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
Losing myself in a good story.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
Oh yeah. All the time. Fortunately it doesn’t last long. Sometimes I’ll read a book or watch a movie until I get the urge to write again.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?
Yep. That’s happened in every one of my books.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?
I like Blake Langford from Staking A Claim. He’s fiercely protective of Alaska. After living in the state myself, I can relate to him. I don’t think there’s anywhere else like Alaska. It’s feral, wild and beautiful.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?
I like the first meetings.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?
Stay off the internet and focus on writing. It’s easy to get sidetracked with Facebook and everything else the great big web has to offer.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?
Cowboy On The Run. There’s just something about Nate Walker that draws you in and keeps you wanting more.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an
upcoming new release,  a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character?
I’d like to share the blurb from Cowboy On The Run.

Running from a torrential past, Nate Walker had never planned on returning to a town where the only good thing had been a brunette-haired beauty with more compassion than he deserved. Finding himself on a ranch for boys facing the same issues not only taught him how to be a man, it taught him that there was more to life than running away. However, coming back for what he left behind was going to be anything other than easy.
Nate always did know how to make an entrance once again turning Jessie Calhoun’s routine life upside down. Unfortunately, he’d also had the same impact when he left her mending a broken heart in a cloud of dust and taillights. But this time would be different. No longer a gullible, naïve girl, she’d be a fool to fall under his spell again. Especially now that she had more at stake –two very important reasons.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?
My books. Sounds silly I know, but I enjoy reading them.

What about television shows? Movies?
I’m in love with This Is Us. It’s such a great show.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life?
Any Nora Roberts book.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or
conventions?
Absolutely. I enjoy signings. Meeting anyone who shares my love of reading is exciting.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say?
I can do it in one – Exhilarating. Writing is a roller coaster of emotions. It’s exciting, demanding, and consuming, but I love it!


FREE Paranormal Romance Feature and Interview: Eternal Night by B.A. Rhea @BARhea4


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Book 1 of Her Submission Series

Embrace your darkest desires.

Alesia Benoit, a single, twenty-three-year-old bookstore owner living in Murphy, North Carolina, dreams of finding her one true love, but considers it an impossible feat considering her unique desires.

When Alesia reluctantly agrees to attend the Eternal Night Masquerade Ball at the famous Dubois mansion with her best friend Ema Jones, she encounters Sebastien Dubois, a handsome, smart, and successful man. Alesia discovers she wants to be with him more than she can imagine, despite his dominant behavior.

Sebastien is attracted to Aleisa’s beauty and rebellious nature. When he admits to Alesia that he’s going to enjoy taming her in a dark and twisted manner, Alesia is thrilled that she is going to explore her darkest desires with him.

What she does not know is Sebastien has a secret. When he finds out about Alesia’s research into his life, Sebastien must reveal his secret to Alesia sooner than he planned. Will she accept him? Will she vow to protect him at any cost? Is she ready to embrace the world of dominance and the unbelievable?

This book is intended for mature audiences.

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Excerpt:

He straddled my hips using caution around my stitches when his mouth seized mine in a hot, passionate kiss as he used his tongue to lick my chin and lips clean. My body shuddered as I sank deeper into his kiss. Sebastien’s lips trailed from my mouth, across my jawline to my neck. He bit down on my skin and cooled the sting with his tongue. He rose up from my neck and picked up the brush painting a rose design on my right breast. He licked and nipped at my sensitive skin until he had my body writhing under him.


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About the Author:

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B.A. Rhea never imagined herself as a writer until one day in a strange twist of fate a woman popped up in her head with a story that would make your blood curdle and refused to leave. After seeking guidance from a friend in 2008, she sat down and typed the outline to Her Submission Series beginning with Eternal Night the first book. Within a year she had written the second book called Eternal Love and the year after ending the series with Eternally His.

B.A. believes love exists in all forms from vanilla to BDSM. She loves to write about strong, opinionated heroines with a devilish side who will stand up to their Alpha male. She loves writing about sizzling male leads that will melt your heart while he is dominating you in every dark and twisted manner known to mankind.

When she’s not writing she can be found playing video games,binge watching movies and cooking shows, and sitting on her front porch watching the grass grow in the Western North Carolina Mountains where she resides with her boyfriend, two dogs, and a feisty cat.

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Author Interview:

How many books do you currently have published? 1

What has been your favorite book to write so far? 2 Why? The reunion of the lovers after a terrible breakup.

Are you currently working on a book? Yes

Will this be your next release? Yes

What do you enjoy most about writing? The ability to let go of my everyday life and slip into another world for a while.

Do you ever get writer’s block? Yes If so, how do you deal with it? I cozy up with my Xbox One and commence operation kill zombie.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Alesia Benoit Least favorite? Ema Jones Why? Alesia is a feisty and defiant woman who knows what she wants in life. Ema is self-centered who thinks the world revolves around her.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? The date nights.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? It’s the hardest non-paying job I have ever had.

Do you have any tips for new writers? Write and write a lot. Write from your heart.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Eternal Night Why? The book introduces the characters, setting, and theme

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? Book 2: What would you do for love?

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? The knight Games Series, Me before you, Any paranormal romance and erotica romance, The Stone Masters Series

What about television shows? The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Sleepy Hollow, Hawaii Five-O, Criminal Minds. Movies? Zombieland, The Burbs, and many others. I have an extensive DVD collection

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Yes Why? Learning how to cope when you lose someone you love.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? Not yet

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? A crazy woman hyped up on coffee writing sex scenes.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? I love to hear from readers.


Featured Romance: Cast In Stone by T Lee Garland @TLeeGarland1


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Plus-size Delaney Mason has finally escaped the nightmare bullying of her high school days to become a successful Graphic Artist and VP of Marketing to one of the largest firms in the south. When she stumbles into her boss’s office and catches him in a compromising position, she fears losing her job. Instead her boss sends her to Climax Holler, Tennessee to meet with their new clients, Stone Mountain Adventures. Delaney takes one look at the perfection that is Beau Stone and knows she is in trouble. Guys like Beau made her life a living hell in high school, but she still can’t help but want him.

Beau Stone can’t keep his eyes of the pretty red-headed Delaney Mason. When he catches her checking out his package he is determined to teach her how good things between them could be. But first he has to get her to trust him, get her off the mountain and out of danger. And get her into his bed. Beau is going to show her just how beautiful she is and how much he wants her for his own.

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Contemporary Romance Spotlight: Finding Clara by Jannie Lund @jannielund


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SBibb - FCcoverEve Quinn goes missing. Twenty-seven years later Clara Christensen is found. On her quest to find out who she is and where she comes from, Clara finds a new family and an old love. Trying to combine Clara and Eve, as well as pleasing everyone’s expectations of who she should be is difficult. The new family doesn’t help. But the old love does.

Duncan Cantwell has never been able to forget the woman who stole his heart, but he never expects her to stroll back into his life as the long lost daughter of the family who gave him a home when he was a boy.

In the most unexpected way Clara and Duncan find each other again. They are not just lovers torn apart by circumstance, however. They are in the middle of a family struggling to come to terms with reality. Love has a hard time flourishing, but Clara and Duncan have beaten the odds before.

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As she glared at him, she felt Luke looking at her. Then at Duncan. “What is it with you two?”

“What do you mean?” Clara dug out the acting skills she hadn’t used since fifth grade and a poor version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.  

The way Luke narrowed his eyes at her made her giggle. He looked like such a brother, and it was exhilarating.

“Remember the girl from Bali a few years ago that I told you about?” Duncan interrupted, directing his question at Luke.

“The one who gave you a fake phone number? What was her name again?”

Clara gasped. He hadn’t actually told Luke, had he? The grin Duncan sent her was lethal, and she wanted to poke her tongue at him. Yes, she was so mature.

“Yep. It was Clara. Our Clara.”

“Dude! No way.” Luke looked at her, wide-eyed, and Duncan was still grinning.

“The phone number wasn’t fake!” was the only thing she could think of to say.

“No, it was just wrong.” Duncan pulled out his wallet and produced the receipt she’d hurriedly written her phone number on more than two years earlier.

She couldn’t believe he’d kept it. It was so sweet. At that moment she wanted to kiss him more than she wanted to slap him, but it didn’t last long.

He shoved it under her nose. “See? That’s clearly an eight, not a three.”

Snatching the scrap of paper, she looked at it. It wasn’t an eight. She had without a shadow of doubt written it as a three. What was just as clear to her was that it did look like an eight. She’s been in a rush to catch her flight, and Marie was right when she’d said that her handwriting lacked elegance when she wrote fast. And there was no way she was about to admit it to Duncan.

“It’s a three. I know my own phone number.”

Luke reached for the receipt. “I already looked at this—as did Danny, Rachel, Ben, Vanessa, and Linda—and we all agreed it was an eight. It’s one of the few times we’ve all agreed on something over Sunday brunch.”

Clara closed her eyes. Of course it had to be at Sunday brunch that Duncan had shared his vacation memories. Could it get any more embarrassing?

“Now that I think about it, I think Dad wanted it to be a three, but we outnumbered him,” Luke said.

And apparently it could. Mr. Quinn had seen it, too, and no doubt heard whatever version of the story Duncan had shared with them. God, she hoped he’d left out the details. All the details.

“Remind me always to listen to Papa Q in the future.” Duncan took the receipt from Luke and put it back in his wallet. The look her sent her was impossible for her to read.


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