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$.99 Mafia Romance Spotlight: Russian Pride by Holly Bargo


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Romance: New Adult, Mafia, and Contemporary


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Russian Love Book 4

Release Date: 9/30/17

Rescued from domestic abuse, Bratva princess Inessa recuperates from the latest beating in the home of Giovanni Maglione, the mafia captain of Cleveland. Learning that her husband double-crossed the Chinese triad, and they want their pound of flesh–and they’re happy to take it out of Inessa–her parents ask Giovanni to marry their newly widowed daughter. The Chinese triad will be looking for a Russian mobster’s wife, not the wife of an Italian mobster. Inessa agrees to this marriage of convenience which, of course, isn’t so convenient. The ruse fails, which forces Giovanni into a violent and bloody mob war, because he protects what’s his… and Inessa is most definitely his.

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Excerpt:

They walked in thoughtful silence for a little while longer until Inessa mentioned this issue that had been weighing upon her conscience: “I really am grateful for your letting me impose upon your hospitality for so long, but I really am doing well enough to go back home.”
“You can’t,” Giovanni said, his voice stern and cool.
“What do you mean I can’t?”
“Your husband was involved in things he should not have been,” Giovanni hedged.
“Oh?”
“The Chinese Triad.”
“Oh?”
Giovanni gave her part of the story: “He was not particularly successful in his dealings with them and they seek recompense.”
“What does that have to do with me? I wasn’t involved in his business. Ruslan forbade me anything like that.” Ruslan had forbidden her almost everything.
“The Triad doesn’t care. They see you as collateral.”
“O, Bozhe,” Inessa murmured with renewed horror, which made her babble. “I’ll sell the house, all my jewelry to pay them back. I’ll get a job and send them payments, everything I earn.”
Giovanni took her gloved hand in his and gave it a little squeeze. “It’s about more than money, Inessa. Ruslan double-crossed them and more. They lost face. Now they’re determined to restore their honor and get revenge.”
“They’ve launched a vendetta.”
“Sì, and it will not be complete until they’ve annihilated you, Ruslan’s family, your family, and recovered their funds.”
“And that’s why Mama and Papa won’t discuss my moving back home. They hope the Triad won’t think to look for me here.”
He nodded, though he suspected the Triad would not be so easily fooled. “And that’s why they have also asked me to marry you. The Triad won’t be seeking a Mrs. Maglione.”
Inessa gaped in horrified surprise. “They can’t expect you to do that!”
“Maksim and Olivia do not expect any such thing, but they did ask… and I find I am not entirely averse to the idea.”


About the Author:

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Holly Bargo is a pseudonym, but really did exist as a temperamental appaloosa mare whose memory still elicits smiles and entertaining anecdotes. The author has been writing improbable stories for over 40 years and only recently dove headfirst into publishing. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor, serves as the fantasy editor for Red Sun Magazine, and lives on a hobby farm in southwest Ohio with her husband, two sons, and a menagerie of four-legged critters.

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Paranormal Spotlight: Princesses of the Night by Tich Brewster and Teresa Fuentez @TichBrewster @TeresaFuentez


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New Adult / Fantasy / Paranormal / Magical Realism


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Royal Blood Book 1

Release Date: 9/19/17

Tanya is a hardworking college student but her whole world is turned upside down when she meets a mysterious man on Halloween. All that she thought was fiction is now her reality. A night life filled with fangs and blood—and an evil vampire that wants her dead.

She and her friends are the chosen ones, destined long ago, to save this world from destruction. That’s not easy when your enemy is your sire’s son.

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Excerpt:

He chuckled. “You’ve already lost.”

It was so dark, she could barely see. Remembering there was a lamp in the corner with a clap-on, clap-off setting, she clapped her hands. Nothing. Oh, right. No power. Using the flashlight app on her phone, she shined it toward them but it wasn’t enough. He pulled the woman to the other side of the room, into the shadow of a large filling cabinet.

Wrapping a muscular arm around the woman’s waist to hold her in place, he brought the knife he was holding in his other hand to the base of her throat. Dear Lord, what was going on in this store? Who was this man, and who in the world was this poor, defenseless woman?

Needing to know her identity, Tanya took a couple of steps in their direction. The woman’s short, dark-brown curls moved where her captor’s breath was blowing next to her ear. She shined her light at the frightened young woman. Big, bright-blue eyes were staring back at Tanya, pleadingly.

Taking another small step forward, Tanya gasped. “Danny, is that you?” Dannika Wile, Tanya’s cousin and best friend, was the one in danger, and there was no way Tanya could save her from this crazed maniac.

At Tanya’s advance, the intruder pressed the knife into her cousin’s throat a little more, and a droplet of blood formed beneath the blade. As if smelling the tinny odor, he smiled at Tanya in a manner that reminded her of a lunatic.

Tanya was struggling to breathe as she whispered, “Oh jeez, mister.” She wanted to advance and help her cousin, but she knew it would do more damage than good so she stayed put. “Look, just let her go. I’ll give you whatever you want, just let her go.”

The shadows concealed him well enough she couldn’t see his expression, but his laugh said it all. The fear coursing through Tanya’s body amused him.

Surely this was a nightmare and she’d awaken any moment. At a last attempt to save Dannika, she said, “Hey, I have access to the safe. I mean it, whatever you want, it’s yours.”

“You have nothing that interests me, little girl.” In one swift movement, he sliced through Dannika’s neck.

Dannika’s eyes meet Tanya’s briefly, and the terror there was enough to make Tanya scream. A split second later, Dannika’s body fell limp. “No,” Tanya screamed at the man standing before her.

“You’re next,” he growled. Cackling, he brought the knife up to his mouth and licked the blade clean.


Contemporary Erotic Romance Feature and Interview: Sonnet Coupled by Roxanne D. Howard @roxannedhoward


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Contemporary Erotic Romance, Multicultural/Interracial, New Adult


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Release Date: 4/25/17

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

ALWAYS FAITHFUL

Sheltered and cosseted, Sonnet Mendoza abided by her papi’s wishes her whole life: no boys, studies first and always. Now an ER nurse in a busy Chicago hospital, medical school is so close Sonnet can taste it. Just like her father always wanted. Just like she can she can taste all the things she wants—like Griffith Parker, the man of her dreams and her new housemate.

Working “graves” in a large hospital as a security guard while attending the police academy during the day doesn’t leave ex-Marine Griffith Parker any personal time, but after meeting the beautiful Sonnet Mendoza, business as usual is anything but. Sassy, smart…and interested in him, too? Except, she’s made an art of keeping her distance, and she’s been clear that her plans don’t include him. But the heart wants what the heart wants. His wants Sonnet. He’ll put it on the line to win her.

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It had grown dark, and the lampposts in the parking lot were lit. She had a little pep in her step as she walked to the ER doors, but she stopped and didn’t go in. He was there, hands on his duty belt as he talked with a patient near the security desk. Griffith emitted shock waves of sex appeal, even from where she stood.
Oh, hell no.
She’d never be able to walk past him after what she’d done the other night. She reddened. Not like he would even know about her stupid fantasies, but she would. She’d half forgotten he would be on graves with her, too wrapped up in the exhilaration of getting into medical school and…other activities.
Evasive maneuvering seemed the best way to go, so she sidestepped and made her way around to the back employee entrance leading into the ER. She smiled to herself over the minor victory, and pushed against the handle to go in, but it didn’t budge.
“You’ve uh, got to pull it.”
She turned around, and there he stood, dangling a black Maglite in his hand. She reigned in the growl that wanted to surface. “I’m sorry?”
“The door. You need to yank the handle toward you, not push it. There’s a sign.”
Sonnet froze, and eyed the PULL sticker she’d been oblivious to, right above said handle.
“Of course,” she murmured. “Figures.” Even though he must think her an imbecile, she raised her chin with defiance and muttered her thanks as she tugged on the door. It didn’t move.
“Use your badge,” he said. “It’s a security measure so no unauthorized personnel get in.” She glanced at him. He crossed his arms, and his lips fought a losing battle to twitch upward.
Sonnet shook her head, flustered, and rooted around her purse for her work badge. “Look, I realize you think I’m a total moron here, but it’s my first night on the floor, my car had trouble starting earlier, and my nerves are all shot to hell. So, I’d appreciate it if you, your ridiculously stacked chest, and all your muscles wouldn’t judge me, okay? I’m nervous enough as it is. We’re not all perfect.” She held her badge to the RFID reader. The second the green light went on, he beat her to the handle and held the door open for her.
She didn’t see a wedding ring on his left hand. Hmm.
He smirked. “Good to know you like my muscles.” He raised his eyebrows as she clipped past him.
“Shut it, Rambo.”


About the Author:

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Roxanne D. Howard is a U.S. Army veteran who has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.


Interview with the Author:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? You bet! I have been writing all my life, but it wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I started writing novels and getting serious about publishing them. It’s been a neat experience and I’ve met some amazing, wonderful people.

How many books do you currently have published? Six

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Sonnet Coupled, my new release. It expanded my normal boundaries in a way I hadn’t before, and I found myself loving the characters as if they were real. Sonnet and Griffith are both people I would want to be friends with.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I have currently put my writing projects on hold until Sonnet Coupled comes out, but I do have a few books in the works.

What do you enjoy most about writing? The magic. I love what happens when I create something and then it essentially takes me over until it’s a book. I will always love to write.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? Oh, all the time. The hard thing about life is that it crops up when we most need it to let us write, but during those times I just ride the wave, try to change my routine, and eventually the chips fall back into place.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes! I’m an outliner, and when I set out to write a novel I like to have it mapped out. In each of my books, the characters decided they were going to do what they wanted, and I almost always charter off course during their journeys and romances. I’ve learned to quit being a stickler to the outliner, and to listen to what they tell me.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? I have a soft spot for Griffith. He’s a special, unique person and I poured a lot into his character. My least favorite is Janelle, she’s the catty woman at the office that drives everyone crazy.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? This is going to sound so weird, but the fight scene in Sonnet Coupled. When I began writing it, it was like Griffith grabbed the pen out of my hand, tossed it across the room, and said, “no, here’s how this is going to go.” It just sort of happened, but I’m happy with how it turned out. Considering all the love scenes I write in my books, I know that’s an odd answer, but it’s often the dynamics and dialogue between the characters that make the scenes great.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? I’ve learned to believe in myself. Like everyone I struggle with self-doubt, but if you have a dream and you’re passionate about that dream, don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Get what you want.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? Each of my books offers something for everyone. I’d personally recommend Sonnet Coupled or At the Heart of the Stone, as I feel they are my two strongest.

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? Gasp, you want me to ruin the surprises of Sonnet Coupled? Ha ha, not a chance. Read the book, and make sure you keep a fan handy!

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I love anything by Stephen King, Suzanne Collins, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Wladyslaw Szpilman, and I have been getting into YA dystopian novels lately. Basically, I read everything. If there are words on paper of any kind, I’ll read it.

What about television shows? Movies? I am a big Walking Dead, the 100, and Timeless fan. I also love, love, love Star Wars. I think Kylo Ren is one of the most well-written, interesting characters to date.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? Intensity by Dean Koontz. Chyna Shephard is my spirit animal. I love Koontz’ imagery in his writing. That book is brilliantly written, and her character was so strong.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? Very soon, yes! I will be doing book signings in the near future and I plan to attend a conference in 2018. Stay tuned to my website and social media for details!

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? I’ve learned never ever to give up on your dreams.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Sonnet Coupled is out on April 25th! Check it out!



Featured New Adult Book: Missy the Werecat by P. G. Allison #RT @p_g_allison


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Title and Author Name: Missy the Werecat by P. G. Allison

Series: Missy the Werecat (Book I)

Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

 

Book Blurb/Synopsis:

When puberty brings on her first Shift, Missy goes into the mountains for two years until finally learning to Change back. She can Change from fully human in one instant to a mountain lion in the next. Everyone assumes her two year disappearance was because she’d been kidnapped by a sexual predator that she managed to kill. She keeps her werecat nature a secret. There is no pack, no pride of other werecats and no alpha. She’s a girl with fantastic abilities growing up and learning to do great things in today’s world, amongst humans. She only has her instincts to guide her and those drive her to train herself to extremes. She must control those instincts; dampening the wild predator is often necessary. Her raging hormones and enhanced senses require very strong controls; she explores what happens when those controls are relaxed.

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P. G. Allison has always loved stories about female characters with special powers (Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Bionic Woman, Batgirl) along with stories about witches and werewolves. The Missy the Werecat Series has no pack, no pride of other werecats and no alpha; Missy is a girl with fantastic abilities doing great things in today’s world, amongst humans. Future books in this paranormal, new adult, urban fantasy series are planned where Missy will go on to West Point and eventually serve in the Special Forces.

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Romance Feature: Inking Scars by M.A. Stacie @MAStacie


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Romance, Contemporary, New Adult


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Ink and Metal Book 1

Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing

Release Date: 1/17/2017

Love will always leave a mark, no matter how fleeting.

Tattoo artist Seth Baxter has had enough loss to last him a lifetime. Focused and driven, he channels his energy into making his store the best in the business. The one thing he can certainly do without is the return of his ex-girlfriend.

Bexley Way is lost. She runs back to the only person who can help her. She’s willing to take Seth’s hurt as long as he’ll offer her the solace she craves. He needs her help in the store and she’s desperate for his forgiveness, as well as his personal brand of security.

Secrets are kept by both of them, even when their old, unresolved feelings resurface. Each day spent in her presence is a step forward for Seth. Their relationship was never truly over to him. Yet Bexley keeps so much to herself. Protecting her heart. Protecting Seth.

But when Bexley is faced with the true horror of her situation, she has no choice but to reveal it all to Seth. However, the words barely leave her lips before it all takes a deadly turn, leaving behind more anguish than ever before.

Are Seth and Bexley strong enough to right a past wrong and give themselves a permanent future?

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You treated me as though I would break. The intimacy stopped.” She turned her back to him, an action he was growing used to. It incited him further.
“Sex?” he growled. “You feel like we should have had more sex.” He stood behind her, grasping her hips hard. “Sex I can do. Why don’t we work on that now? I’m up for a fun fuck or two. In fact, I can think of a few positions I’d like you in. Ass up would be top of my list.”
Bexley looked over her shoulder at him while pushing back at his achingly hard cock. It was the smallest touch, one Seth didn’t miss.
“What? All this shit between us and you think sex right now is a good idea? Why?” she asked, her voice shaking.
He pulled her flush to his front, skimming his hand up her body to cup her breast through her top. Bexley groaned, her head falling back onto his shoulder. “Why?” she asked again as he grazed her neck with his teeth.
“Because I’m still not done with you.”
His name left her lips, little more than a whisper, while she lifted her arms and threaded her fingers into his hair. She held him firm, keeping his lips at her throat while she ground her ass against his cock. The steel ball on the tip of his cock felt heavy.
The embers of lust that had smoldered between them were now burning bright. All sensible thought fled, his dick now making the decisions. “More,” he demanded, his words coming out harsher than intended. Taking hold of the hem of her top, he peeled it over her head and dropped it at their feet.
Bexley faced him, her eyes wide and glassy with arousal.
Seth reached out, flicking open the button of her jeans. “Off.”
Hiding behind his cockiness and confidence would give him strength right now, when his hands were shaking as much as hers.
She did as he’d asked, pushing her jeans to the floor and standing before him in her bra and lace panties. He took hold of her chin between his thumb and forefinger, seeing her pulse beat rapidly on her neck.
“You do know this is such a bad idea, right?” she said before licking her lips.


About the Author:

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M. A. Stacie is never without a book or her eReader. A voracious reader, with a love of sexy, yet angst ridden novels, she loves getting lost in new worlds. Her need to write did not grip her until after her second son was born, when her previous rambles became fully fledged stories.

She describes herself as one huge contradiction, and though not the most conventional of hobbies, she counts getting new tattoos as one of hers. Along with running, knitting, and listening to loud music. However, she is yet to work out how to do them all at the same time.

M. A. Stacie lives in the UK with her husband and three sons.

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