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M/M Romance Book Spotlight: Going Sasquatch by Jess Whitecroft @JessWhitecroft


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M/M Romance/Romantic Comedy


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Finnegan & Morrow Book 1

Lovestruck lapdogs, lazy Instagrammers and calcium deposits in the pool – Hollywood personal trainer Sean ‘Finn’ Finnegan is having one hell of a week, not helped when the much-feared agent Angie Lorde calls to demand if he knows why her hottest property – winsome superhero star Chase Morrow – has suddenly ‘gone sasquatch’ and apparently disappeared off the face of the earth.

Out of concern (and maybe a little unrequited love, let’s be honest) Finn goes searching for Chase, but this leads to a day so bad that when he does catch up with his crush, they both agree that the best solution to their very Hollywood problems would be to take off, head up into the Bigfoot country of Northern California and – like America’s favorite cryptid – pretend not to exist for a while.

When Finn and Chase discover that their long held attraction is entirely mutual, they also discover that going off the grid is not that easy in the 21st century. Especially if you’re an A-lister.

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Excerpt:

“Okay,” I said. “We need some rules.”
“Rules?”
“Yes, rules. If this is supposed to be a mental health trip–”
“–which it is. Totally.”
“Thank you. I’m glad you agree. We’re trying to get away from the things that make us insane, and that includes all things Hollywood, okay?”
Chase nodded. “Okay.”
“Good. So. No celebrities, no premieres, no gofers, no agents, no pluggers, no goodie bag swag, nobody trying to cram their tongue up your ass, no D-Listed, no E!, no junkets, no pimping and definitely, definitely no TMZ. Yeah?”
“Yeah.”
“Yeah?” He still looked worried. “Come on, Chase. Look convinced. Isn’t faking emotion sort of what you do for a living?”
He bared his perfect teeth in a rictus grin. “Okay,” he said. “It’s all good. I’m happy. This is my happy face. See?”
“That’s a lot of teeth.”
He broke into a more natural smile. “Thank you. I get them from my mother. She’s from Montana, you know.”
“I didn’t know Montana was famous for its teeth.”
“It is. You can hardly walk five feet without coming across a T-Rex tooth.”
I laughed, trying to follow his train of thought. “And your mother is part T-Rex or something? Is her vision based on movement?”
He shook his head. “Misdemeanors. If you’re doing something you shouldn’t be, you’d better believe she sees you.” He drew his elbows into his chest and mimed a T-Rex trying to play a piano. “Also she can’t play the piano for shit. Tiny arms. Great teeth, though. Never had a cavity in her life.”
God, he was cute. A small, sensible part of me wanted to turn the car around and tell him straight that we could never, ever be friends, because I would never be able to stop wanting him.
But it was a very small part, and like most voices of reason, it got drowned out.
“Next time we stop,” he said. “I want to pick up some peroxide or something.”
“We’re still on the hair thing, huh?”
“It’s no big. I’m just trying out a character is all.”
I caught his eyes in the mirror. “Really, Chase? Don’t go all method on me. We’re supposed to be going sasquatch, not Marlon Brando.”
He laughed. It crinkled his nose. “Going sasquatch?”
“Something Angie said to me. Said you’d gone to ground. Gone sasquatch. And that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re going up to Bigfoot country and pretending we don’t exist for a while.”
Chase appeared to consider this. “Wait,” he said. “So you think Bigfoot is pretending not to exist?” He raised an eyebrow. “Oh my God. So you think there is a sasquatch?”
“When did I say that? Or even imply it? Besides, you just claimed to be part dinosaur…”
“Dinosaurs existed,” he said. “I’m serious, Finn. Do you believe in Bigfoot?”
“No,” I said, laughing. “Of course not.”
Chase sat back, took a beat. “I do,” he said.
Actors. Absolutely nuts.


New Adult Romance Book Spotlight: Every Breath You Take by J.E. Parker @AuthorJEParker


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Romantic Suspense, New Adult Romance


Every Breath You Take Book

Redeeming Love Book 2

Release Date: 2/22/18

Two damaged souls. One last shot at salvation.

Shelby
I’m a single mom with a past as hideous as the scars marring my flesh.
I’ve endured a life of pain, escaped the clutches of a sadistic monster, and survived hell.
Because of my past, the walls surrounding my heart are strong.
Impenetrable.
Yet every time Anthony speaks my name, I feel them begin to crumble.
With just one look, he makes me want things I can’t have.
Things like a father for my son and a husband for myself.
With the monster from my past closing in, I try to push him away.
But my heart and soul cry for me to pull him closer.
Falling for him is probably a big mistake.
Still, I can’t help but think it may be the sweetest mistake I’ll ever make.

Anthony
One word to describe Shelby? Perfect.
As a homicide detective, I’m constantly surrounded by darkness.
But that all changed when her eyes met mine for the first time.
In less than a second, she became my light.
My hope.
My purpose.
And come hell or high water, I’m determined to keep her and her son close.
Terrified of a looming threat from her past, she tries her best to push me away.
But no matter how hard she pushes, I’m not going anywhere.
I don’t care what she’s running from, far as I’m concerned, her fate is sealed.
Both Shelby and her son are mine.

Every Breath You Take is a standalone, 123k word novel.
Warning: This book contains dark themes that may be disturbing for some readers.

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Excerpt:

“From the moment I first saw you, I knew that you were meant to be mine. Call me crazy all you want, but when my eyes met yours for the first time it felt like my chest cracked right open. My heart—the one I thought died the day I buried my parents—suddenly began to beat again.” His lips moved closer to mine. “Something deep inside of me came to life that day, baby, and every moment since then has been the same.” He grabbed one of my hands and placed it over his heart. “My heart beats for you, sunshine.” 

“You’re crazy, Anthony” I whispered, not knowing what else to say.

He nodded. “You keep telling me that, but I’m telling you right now, I am not crazy. I am one hundred percent lucid.” He twirled a lock of my unruly hair around his finger. “And I don’t care how long it takes me to convince you how I feel, I’ll keep trying until the day I die”—his eyes bored into mine—” because you’re the other half to my soul, Shelby Mason.”


Dark Supernatural Thriller Spotlight and Author Interview: Eternal Entity by Annalee Adams @AuthorAnnalee


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Dark Supernatural Thriller


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The Celestial Rose Book 1

Release Date: 2/12/18

Dark, emotional, and riveting!

Eternal Entity is a supernatural thriller with a difference, it breaks the fourth wall

An innocent birthday cake, a simple wish, and everything changed. Bestowed with the magical ability to control light, and adorned with the sight of supernatural races, she’s a target, fighting for her own survival from the darkness that threatens it.

Falling in love isn’t always easy, especially when your lover is long dead. Taylor meets Lucian, her shadowy protector. But there’s something dark inside of him. He’s a vampire, a vampire with a difference, he’s the original Dark One.

With her mother murdered, and a hideous beast hunting her, Taylor realises she has stumbled into an invisible war between light and dark. Eve’s angels versus Lilith’s demons. A war in which she has the ultimate role to play.
But who or what is Taylor Lane?

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Excerpts:

From Chapter Four:
“A meandering fog trickled through the windows above as the temperature dropped dramatically. At the end of the corridor the outer doors flung open. A gush of wind stormed through the building at such a speed, as if to escape the looming horror that lay in wait outside. I shivered, breathing heavy, my hair wavered, sheltering me from the severity of the typhoon of leaves before me. They mesmerised me as they danced. When they reached me, they created a symphony of colours swarming around my legs, up and over my body. Hypnotised by their colourful motion I smiled, drawn forward like a magnet towards its pole. It was beautiful, like rainbows of unicorns and candy floss. Feeling the warmth of love flow through my body, I stood captured by their dance.

Then it came, a shrilling scream unlike no other. My mind no longer lived in such a happy place. Instead, it froze as the drill of fear pulsated through my veins. Rushing for cover, struggling for breath, a lump formed in my throat. I gasped for air, shivering uncontrollably. Something was wrong, badly wrong. It was fight or flight all over again and all I could do was run and hide. Clutching my arms around my chest, burying my head, I whimpered like a child, waiting for the banshee’s wail to end.”

Lucians description on the shadelings, supernatural beings that were once Dark Ones (vampires):
“They had taken on the shape of a darker form of humanity, one that terrified children in their sleep. The monster under the bed, so to speak. They feared no one and nothing. They were hunters in the night, nocturnal creatures with no emotion. They ripped through humanity one by one and nothing could stop them but themselves. They were powerful, very powerful, and as a child of Lilith’s, they eventually embraced their true nature. Because of that, they lived with an abundance of riches, taking anything, they desired, including mortals as slaves and pets. They saw humans as below them, a toy to play with. But over the years they grew tired of humanity and took to killing their slaves, feasting on their dead corpses with a craving so deep it destroyed them.”

A paragraph from the York Femme Fatale chapter, with the violinist playing as she dances:
“Devoted to his cause, a tear glistened in the eye of every spectator, blissfully admiring the sudden softness of the music as a young lady swirled out from behind him. She danced alluringly, captivating the audience with her silk skirt circling her body as she submissively moved to every classical piece. Her golden top sparkled in the light, and her supple body flexed in desire of every note played. Her hair gleamed with trellises of blond and copper, bouncing as she sprang into step. Her delicate figure gave in gracefully to the music, with each note bellowing out through her skin. It was as though the song became her, reaching out, calling her name.”

A teaser from the ending. His name has been changed to X, to prevent any more spoilers!
“X screamed a death defying, blood curdling scream, one that will remain embedded into time itself, relived for an eternity through the memories of those close. He had grown claws out of his hands. Blood flowed freely from within him as his body arched and contorted. Fighting the Beast was no longer an option. I needed to give X my life force, quickly. It had to happen immediately, he didn’t have much time left.”


About the Author:

Annalee Adams was born in Ashby de la Zouch, England. She began The Celestial Rose series while at the University of Derby.  Annalee spent much of her childhood engrossed in fictional stories, living in an imaginary realm of beauty and trepidation.

Annalee wrote her first published piece, a poem, as a teenager in high school. After which her short story about a werewolf on the Yorkshire moors was published in the college newspaper. Since then she continued to write for her own pleasure until her first book ‘Eternal Entity’ was released.

Annalee Adams lives in the UK with her supportive husband, two fantastic children, little dog, and kitten. She’s a lover of long walks on the beach, strong cups of tea and reading a good book by candlelight.

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Author Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? My journey has only just started, it is one of intrigue, imagination and escapism, delving into a new world of chaotic reality. A world where I have created the back story of a character, the average girl next door that delves into the realm of the supernatural, finding out she isn’t who she thought she was and is something so much more.

How many books do you currently have published? One

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? There are simply too many books, too little time and too small a space to write in!

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I am currently working on the next book in The Celestial Rose series, and have mapped out the following two books after that.

What do you enjoy most about writing? The Celestial Rose has been a part of my life for such a long time, I created Taylors reality within my own mind many moons ago. For me my most favourite part has to be when I give life to my creations, allowing them to wander off in all number of directions telling me their story as they go.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? I go for a walk to clear my mind, talk to friends and work through the story with my Husband, he’s quite inspiring, always asking ‘what if’ and ‘why’, coming up with blue sky ideas and something unique and different.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes I had originally worked out a happy ever after ending for Eternal Entity, but as you may know, it’s quite the opposite. The start of book two is brilliant, if I do say so myself. It really brings out the characters dark humour, after all she hasn’t got much else left to live for has she?

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? I’m not that keen on Chase, he seems to be a bit too obsessed with Jessie for my liking, I have a plan for that later though… if he allows me to write it that way. Besides Taylor and Lucian which are the obvious favourites. My next favourite has to be Nic, his humour cracks me up, especially his joke about the ice demons melting: “Demons are hot, yet he’s icy cold. He’s the only one of his kind left, too. They all melted.” He laughed hard at his own joke.” It’s the fact he finds himself so amusing that amuses me. Besides Nic, I quite like Harland, he’s the dark mysterious type after all, what’s not to like?

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? When I’m asked about my favourite scenes I always think back to the scene I started with. The first scene I ever wrote was the York Pied Piper scene with the Femme Fatale and a stolen first kiss. That brings back fond memories of the start of a whole new idea.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Write lots! It sounds obvious, but the more you write, the better you become. I learnt a lot on groups and forums too, so I’d recommend researching. Also, remember to show not tell, it doesn’t have to be all the time, but the more you show, the more the reader is absorbed into the story, seeing as if they are within the body of the character before them. Also, don’t be afraid to be different. If you’ve read my book, you’ll know I’ve experimented with breaking the fourth wall and actually talking to the reader, I quite like it and I’ve had some great responses too. So be unique, love what you do and keep writing!

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? Eternal Entity, just because it’s the first one that’s out there right now

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 did delete a scene where Harland actually bit Taylor, thus she became half Lycan with the animalistic instincts and loyalty to her pack. However it took her too far from Lucian and the original path of the story, so it was deleted, laid to rest in the eternal wasteland of possibilities and dashed hopes.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? As I child I always remember the Point Horror books, I grew up reading those, snuggled under my duvet by torch light. Then I began to read Stephen King and never looked back, he taught me it’s okay to be different, it’s okay to write about the darkness and disturb the reality around us. So, that’s exactly what I’ve done, created something different.

What about television shows? Movies? As with reading, I love watching television series and films. The old Alfred Hitchcock ones are some of my favourites. However I have to say that my two all-time favourite films are ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Beatlejuice’, which clearly explains my mindset

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? Kings book ‘On Writing’ helped quite a lot, its good to know that even the most famous of writers were once where I am today.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? My next plan is to have my book available through IngramSpark, so bookshops can find and purchase it. With all my fingers and toes crossed, once this happens I’ll happily attend signings and conventions.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? A blissful journey down the rabbit hole of darkened destruction.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Only to say that I am blessed to have such a wonderful family backing me. My Husband is the muse to my creations and my two little children amaze me with their new ideas and supportive cuddles. My eight year old has already started his own fantasy book, which is fantastic!


$.99 Romantic Fantasy Book Spotlight, Giveaway, and Interview: Meridian Chronicles: Hall of Souls & The Book of the Fairies by M.D. Fryson @madelyn_fryson


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Fantasy/Paranormal


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Spunky and naïve Spirit Guide, Meridian is on her path to look over humankind. Her world is turned upside down after her father is captured and she is forced to venture to the Fairy realm to escape her realm’s sinister leader. Seeking an ally from the Fairies, Meridian must return the coveted Fairy Quartz held by a witch coven in Salem and then travel to the demon realm and answer the riddle to get the fairy book stolen by a demon. She ventures out on these quests under a guise of tricks and empty fairy promises. As her quest ensues, a love triangle unfolds threatening the unity of her trusted circle of fellow spirit guides leaving Meridian with more questions than answers. An ironic twist of fate brings Meridian together with a cast out spirit guide turned fallen who is the key to saving herself and her realm. Their friendship will show her who she is and the answer to her burning question about the boy on Earth she can’t stop thinking about, Aiden whom has yet to discover who he is and his connection to Meridian. In the end the unimaginable happens threatening her will and her chance at finding her soul mate.

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Excerpt:

“Meridian…so you have come to us on a quest from the fairy, a quest that may leave you stuck here with us for eternity and how we would enjoy your company. I know what you seek, and you may very well have it, but you must be worthy of yourself to have it. Answer the riddle and fair one, you may pass and have what you seek but only with your own conviction and belief in yourself. To pass, you must know what is invisible is real and you must believe in yourself. If you do not, you and your friends will be mine forever.”

“My name is Latin, known as the house of the spirit in the ancient East. I am imaginary and perpendicular to your circle. I rule fire and heat. I can run halfway across a world or just across your heart. I am the point of a horizon and encompass time. I have been with you since the start.”

Meridian felt herself being pulled back into being awake and being back in the demon realm with the rest of the guides and Talon. She opened her eyes.

“Riddles? I am really confused now. I didn’t know demons liked riddles,” Meridian belted out.

Talon moved quickly to her side.

“What do you mean? What happened?”

Pramlee was right there with Meridian right along with Caius and Kieren the entire time she went into her meditation.

“Talon, it was the same dark voice we heard here before, and he told me if I want the book and to go home I have to answer his riddle.”

Meridian looked to everyone for support as she began to recite the words that the dark one said to her. As she repeated the lines of the riddle, everyone seemed to be confused. Talon and Caius looked to one another as their minds went to work to answer the riddle. Pramlee was confounded. Kieren seemed to have an understanding of what the demon was saying. Kieren mumbled part of the riddle.

“Been with you since the start, name is Latin…rules fire and heat. Is it an astrological sign of one of the guides from their former life?” he asked.

Pramlee shook her head.

“No, that would be too easy.”

“Well, that is the point of a riddle, isn’t it? Usually, the answer seems so simple,” Caius remarked.

Talon was mumbling to himself.:

“Latin…a line. A line that runs across the world.”

Caius was catching on.

“The equator? How is that across the heart? Or been with her since the start of all this?” Caius asked.

Read the story to find out the answer to the Demon’s Riddle!


Giveaway:

Author M.D. Fryson has shared her giveaway with us. Enter to win a signed paperback copy of this book! The giveaway runs through 3/1/18. Click here to enter now!


About the Author:

MD Fry

I am a wife and mom of three boys ranging from infant to teenager. I love all animals especially horses and I used to ride and train before my children were born, I do have my quirks and my two oldest boys let me know that every day! I am told I am dry, sarcastic and witty and it shows in my writing even though my series is dark and different. I love to hike and jog and of course read a good book when I have time. I love to travel and someday I hope to live closer to the beach.

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Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? My writing is based on an understanding of the different beliefs and cultures around the world that are intricately weaved together through the characters in the story. I wrote with a message in mind that no matter where you come from or what you believe that you should always have faith in yourself. The story reflects some very real character traits of those who I have known good and bad and there is a glimmer of the truth in the story despite it is all fiction. The unspoken message in the story is no matter where you go there is never a perfect person or place and not all good are good and not all bad are bad. Everyone has good and bad traits and it is what we do with it makes us who we are. The journey is acceptance of others, understanding, second chances and the belief that we are not alone in the universe.

How many books do you currently have published? One

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Well it has to be this one!

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? Yes, the next installment of the Meridian Chronicles: Black Widow Curse and The Coven

What do you enjoy most about writing? It is a creative outlet that allows me to escape for just a spell.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? Yes! It is like the advice that was given to the main character in Under the Tuscan Sun. When she stopped looking for ladybugs and fell asleep, she woke up and they were crawling all over her. Taking a step back, doing something fun always unblocks me. Jogging and music and my own art I dabble in always get me going.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes, the main character. Meridian I had a sense of what she would be before I began writing, as the story unfolded and her layers started to peel back, by book two she takes a unique twist that I had not considered until one night when I was writing.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? Many are my favorites, but I would say Selena the Fairy Queen. In my story despite the fairies are not central to the story, they are by far the more powerful beings and unbridled power, they are coy, vague and speak in riddles and are full of tricks. I love that about Fairies and I am a huge Fairy Fan! Warrick is my least favorite. His character traits are comprised of many character traits in people I do not like, however those traits were inspirational to the story.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? The trip to the demon realm where Meridian has to answer the demon’s riddle to get the Fairy Book

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Well writing is an art and everyone has their own style and in some ways it is hard and then in some ways writing came to me naturally. Advice is when you get in a slump turn on the song “Don’t Stop Belivin” by Journey

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? The first one, otherwise you won’t understand the series

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? The upcoming book is a lot darker than the first and the psychic Tallulah is very instrumental to the story in helping Meridian through her curse. The trip back to Salem during Halloween to the bar ran by an ex coven member becomes a secondary antagonist to the story. No deleted scenes yet…but there is a twist that I didn’t even see coming.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? 50 shades, Series by Meredith Wild, Cassandra Clare Mortal Instruments. I love astrology books and anything regarding metaphysical

What about television shows? Movies? Not too much on TV however movies I love are Under the Tuscan Sun, Mortal Instruments, Crimson Peak, Money Pitt, Steel Magnolias, Cast Away, Signs, 6th sense, Red, The Vow, Nicholas Spark Movies, King Arthur

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? Natural Cures they don’t want you to know about. Really opened my eyes to a healthier way to live and eat.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? I sure hope so some day. I would like to do book signings in Salem at the shops there.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Stay tuned!


Thriller Book Spotlight: Trust by L. A. De Michiel


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Thriller


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Olympic fencer Luke Montgomery returns home to find a stranger dying on his doorstep. The dying man begs him to “Warn her.” He grips Luke’s hand and reveals a card belonging to a Cassandra Linden pinned beneath the collar of his jacket. Scrawled on the back of the card is a short personal message: Carry my memory only in your heart. Seeing the anguish in the man’s eyes, Luke promises to call her.

Later that night, he receives a cryptic phone call that makes him realise he is being framed for the murder.

The slain man is noted History Professor Simon Blayne, and the weapon used was a broadsword presented to Luke by his grandfather.

When Cassie’s name is found scribbled on a business card in the wallet of another man, who is murdered with the same weapon whilst she is in Luke’s company, the police demand answers that neither Cassie nor Luke can supply.

Cassie, like Luke, would also like answers. Together they discover that Professor Blayne had uncovered an international cartel falsifying documents in order to legitimise stolen works of art and artefacts that have been packed away in museum basements for decades. Luke learns his father has involved the prestigious Montgomery Exports in the enterprise. His fight to clear the family name plunges them into a world dominated by thugs and directly into the path of Tolley, a ruthless killer.

Abducted by Tolley, Cassie reluctantly agrees to his extraordinary terms and a bizarre relationship evolves. During the long drive into the remote Australian outback to his private burial grounds, Tolley taunts Cassie with his macabre mind games and soon learns that she is a worthy adversary.

Furious and feeling guilty that he was unable to protect her, Luke is unrelenting in his race to get her back.

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Excerpt:

Driving slowly along the dimly lit, tree-lined street, Luke Montgomery felt relaxed in the leather seat of his BMW. The air around him was set at a constant twenty-two degrees Celsius while soothing classical music filled the elegant interior. If he thought about it, this pretty much summed up his life. Comfortable.

As he turned into his driveway, he reached for the remote and pressed the centre button. The sudden white flash across the steel gates jolted him. Stunned for a few seconds, he sat watching the dying shower of sparks and then, just as quickly, everything appeared to have returned to normal. Luke shut off the engine and stepped out of the car. Curious, he walked up to the gate and tentatively brushed the black steel bars with the back of his hand. Nothing. No electric current running through the gates. Not that there should be but then, after the fireworks, he didn’t know what to expect. Frowning, he shook his head. He had no idea how these things worked, though he suspected there must have been a short of some kind. He gripped the cold steel with his right hand and tried to rattle the gate. Solid and immovable, just as it should be. He glanced over at the front entrance gate. Pointless going there. That was operated by a security release inside his front door or by the key he never carried with him.

He glanced at his watch: ten minutes past eleven. Too late to do anything about it now. He would have to call someone in the morning. He returned to his car, started the engine and backed out onto the road. He drove a hundred metres along the quiet street and turned left. As he turned left again into the narrow lane behind his home, he glimpsed a set of red taillights disappearing at the other end of the lane.

He had travelled only a few metres along the lane when his headlights picked out something lying on the road. His heart began to pound when he realised that the object in front of him was a pair of trousered legs stretched out across the bitumen. He jammed his foot on the brake, pushed open the car door and ran towards the body, expecting to see the worst.

In the headlights, the front of the man’s shirt glistened with wet blood. Dark crimson blood seeped through the fingers that clutched his chest trying in vain to stem the flow. His suit jacket had been dragged off his right shoulder. His face was turned upwards. Luke bent down over the body and felt a flutter of hope when he saw the eyes start to open. Instinctively Luke said, ‘Hang on, I’ll call an ambulance.’

Luke was already reaching for his phone when the man’s eyes opened wider, as if in recognition, and he gasped, ‘Wait.’ His voice was soft and raspy. ‘Warn. Her. Please.’

Luke stared into the pleading brown eyes, confused. ‘What?’ Warn who?


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Contemporary Adult Romance Spotlight: In the Land of Milk and Honey by Nell E. S. Douglas @NellESDouglas


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Contemporary Adult Romance


in the land of milk and honey

No one ever warns you how fine the line is between love and madness…

When Gabrielle “Bree” Valentine awoke in a hospital bed with a newborn baby, she centered herself and rebuilt. Bree didn’t think about her mental breakdown, lost memories, or the features of a stranger emerging daily in the face of the son she is raising alone. Five years later, on a weekend in the Hamptons, a chance encounter with a man unlike any other jars her—bone deep. Daniel Hawthorne Baird II, wealthy, dangerous, British aristocrat, gravitates to Bree like caviar on crustinis. In his relentless obsession with Bree, their lives entwine despite Bree’s resistance. With the unconditional support of friends she calls ‘family’, Bree confronts the most difficult questions of her life. Unearthing the painful mysteries behind: who fathered her child, who the real Daniel Baird is, and the irrepressible desire driving her towards a man destined to be the end of them both.

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Excerpt:

“Who was that?” I jumped out of my skin and bumped in to something solid right behind and then leapt away, the train of my gown swishing around me as I faced a very suspicious Daniel.

“Jesus Christ, how do you do that?” I gasped, clutching my chest.

“You didn’t answer my question,” he replied firmly, folding his arms.

“Are you stalking me?” I peered at him.

He peered back. “Was it another man?” He said it like, ‘you naughty girl’, and then there was that glimmer in his eye again.

“I’m feeling very stalked right now.” I shook my head and walked to pass him, but he blocked me.

“Excuse me,” I said indignantly.

“You’re not excused.”

“That’s not up to you,” I countered.

“Oh, I think it is,” he replied confidently and his lip twitched upward, but he resisted the smile.

“No. It isn’t, and I don’t like being deceived,” I challenged, lifting a brow. He unfolded his arms, letting them rest at his sides.

“I didn’t deceive you.” He arched one brow back. “You perceived.”

“And you did nothing to stop it. That is called deception.”

“Is it?” he replied, his eyes searching mine like he knew I thought differently.

“The distinction is obvious,” I retorted, eluding a judgement just shy of an edict. August and I were currently perpetrating a deception much bigger than his, but he couldn’t know that…

“I am not a man of many words,” Daniel replied laconically, in the tone of one who doesn’t explain himself to anyone, and didn’t intend to start tonight.

“More the “speak softly, and carry a big stick” type? The only reason you talked to me was to use me. You were just fishing for intel,” I accused, but gulped down hard admitting my words were etched into the club that he’d used to swat down Mr. Fitch.

It looked like his patience had snapped. I may have said too much, but the self-doubt he’d created in me triggered my defenses.

“That’s not why I talked to you,” he explained finally. I narrowed my eyes.

“Then why did you?”

He just stared at me for a while. I don’t know what was running through his mind—lots of things it seemed—but most of all it looked like he was deciding something. And after moments of consideration, I watched resolve form in his tightened jaw.

“We should be friends,” he said in decision, not offer—but that’s not what surprised me.

“Friends?” I repeated back dumbly. Then I thought of his cohort with the ring on his finger handing out his number to help “shave her legs”, and the unsurprised look on Daniel’s face, the compliment about my appearance, the slow kiss to my hand. I realized this banter he’d suddenly decided to engage me in could be interpreted as a caveman form of flirtation. Men like this always had women on the side… I was appalled.

“I don’t believe I’m the type of ‘friend’ you’re looking for,” I replied tartly, trying to pass him again, but he captured my wrist.

“Just friends.” He bit out each word, as if he disliked the taste of them, and slowly raised his eyes to mine. He wore the same look as Ian, that first day at lunch when he asked me not to leave. I still wasn’t convinced, but pragmatism tipped the scales. I needed to play along, for August’s sake.

I exhaled.

“Just friends,” I repeated firmly, drilling it into his eyes.

“Excellent,” Daniel said satisfactorily, releasing me. I clasped my hand around the wrist he’d released, not because it hurt, because it had stirred something. My face flushed.

“And next time you want my attention, call me by name,” I instructed.

He wasn’t insulted. “Accept my apology. It’s not my habit to touch a lady who doesn’t want to be touched.”

Needing to get away, I nodded. I began walking off and he took one stride and caught my ear.

“But I wouldn’t waste one morsel, either,” he whispered to me. I watched him stride forward, disappearing through the doors, and my heart pounding in my chest.


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About the Author:

Nell E. S. Douglas has possessed a deep, abiding love for written words since childhood. The transition from reader, to writer, was a natural one. Her first stories, penned on the lined pages of class notebooks, were inspired by her mother’s poetry and epic tales of travel, and a professorial inquisitiveness inherited from her father. Following college in Florida, Nell exited the world of pure imagination, and entered the one of business, successfully establishing a career in sales, and developing a cup-a-day habit (of coffee) that has served her well in the road she didn’t know lie ahead. Today, Nell writes during the spaces in-between domestic goddessing, and contributing as a managing partner to a thriving small business. Nell resides in Florida, with her husband and their children, passing on the traditions of her mother, and sinking her feet in the sand whenever possible.

Her favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Her favorite movies are Gladiator, The Outsiders, Pride and Prejudice, and Bridesmaids.

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Author Interview:

What is In the Land of Milk and Honey about?
It’s a love story, at its heart. But there are mysteries to be solved, first. It takes off from there—that question—who fathered Bree’s son? True to life, answers aren’t always answers.

What is your writing background?
For all relevant intents and purposes, this book. I’ve done minor copy work, previously. And before that, loads of poetry and short stories in my youth.

Why would someone want to read In the Land of Milk and Honey?
The characters. The ‘family’ surrounding Bree, as she struggles to solve her life’s riddle. August, Jill, and Violet. Who wouldn’t want friends like that? The mysteries (more than one). And then there is Daniel Baird, of course. Just typing his name give me chills! Not all bad ones. Daniel’s character emerges in a visceral way. The son of a British Lord has that effect.

Who will like your book?
I think non-readers will enjoy it. I think readers of romance, adult and new, will enjoy it, and people who enjoy mystery, intrigue. It’s an escape. If you’ve read both Gillian Flynn and E. L. James, I hope I’m not being too fearless when I say: swipe right—it’s a match.

Where can In the Land of Milk and Honey be purchased?
It will be released exclusively on Amazon (EBook) this January 31st. You can follow on Instagram (@nellesdouglas), or Twitter (@nellesdouglas), for forthcoming updates on print, Barnes and Noble, Google, and iBooks.

What was your experience like writing In the Land of Milk and Honey?
Haha. Well. Like… purging myself of Bree’s life story, as though she were a real person whom I had all this empathy for. Crazy. I’ll add this quote:
No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing.
– E. B. White
I am extremely confident of the people who read in our genre—the women who read stories about love. Easy love, hard love, sexy love, complex love—and in Bree’s case, a mother’s love. I’m one of these readers. At no turn do I underestimate them. Reversing E. B.’s statement, I hope the conclusion is that I have written it decently, for them.