Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BLOG TOUR with GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY - THE VELVET CHAIR (Velvet Lies #1) by C.P. Mandara:


TITLE: The Velvet Chair
SERIES: Velvet Lies
SERIES PLACEMENT: #1
AUTHOR: C.P. Mandara
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Erotica, Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2017
PUBLISHER: Chimera Books
PAGES: Approx. 185
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BOOK BLURB:
“Oh, darling. You’re going to be so easy to conquer.” His finger reached under my chin and pulled my face back to meet his. “I can’t wait to strip you out of that dress and watch you crawl around my home naked. I’m going to spank that delectable ass with every damn pervertible I can find. Hairbrushes, wooden spoons, spatulas, and I might even try a damn baking sheet. That ass of yours is always going to be prettily pink and perfectly swollen while you’re under my roof.”

My name is Mark Matthews. I own half of London, and the part I don’t own, I’m working on.

Life was all going swimmingly well until Michael Redcliff entered my life, demanding that I marry his daughter. Actually, swap demand for blackmail. He’s got goods on me that I want no one else to see, so for the time being I need to be his little lapdog.

I’ll marry his daughter. I’ll give him all the status, money and power he can handle… for as long as it takes me to get a divorce. You see, I can’t renege on our little arrangement – but she can. I give her a week. One week and she’ll be screaming the place down for her legal counsel.

I am never wrong.


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INTERVIEW with AUTHOR CP MANDARA...

We had the chance to ask Christina a few questions about herself and The Velvet Chair! Here's what she had to say...

Q) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

A) Okay, I’ve always been into BDSM since the age of about 13 when I read Anne Rice’s Beauty Chronicles. From there, I devoured everything I could in the genre. I guess you could say I have a dominant personality, with a softer submissive side - but only in the bedroom! The day job keeps me busy, and I’m also a columnist for Marquis Magazine (It’s a fetish magazine) - yet another outlet for my naughty ideas! My favourite thing in the world is travelling, but my preference is somewhere with sun, sea, and sand. Oh, and the other ’S’ word. You know what I mean, right? ;)

Q) How did you choose the genre you write in?

A) It’s a genre I’ve always loved to read. I’ve been a voracious reader all my life, so eventually I think I just had all these ideas in my head, and I needed to put them down on paper. I have so many half-finished stories on my laptop, they could keep me going for years! I also like to write in other genre’s though, like romance and paranormal romance. Science fiction may also be on the cards in a few years time. 

Q) Where do you get your ideas?

A) They are mostly products of my overactive imagination. I’m always daydreaming and the voices in my head are constantly whispering lol. 

Q) How did you come up with this book’s title?

A) It was a feature in the heroine’s new prison - which is her bedroom in the billionaire’s mansion - if she’s been a good girl. If she’s not, she gets the naughty room, which is basically concrete, cuffs and chains. Ooh err!

Q) What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

A) The End. I always love writing THE END. It’s such a great feeling to know that all that hard work has come full circle. In this particular book, though, the last chapter was a whole lot of fun to write. It’s a little Romeo/Juliet in style, and I think most of my fans hate me for the cliff hangers I nearly always leave them with. 

Q) What project are you working on now?

A) I have a special agent BDSM novel called ’Sparks’ which I’m now writing, and when that’s finished I’ll get started on the sequel to ‘The Velvet Chair’ which is called ‘The Velvet Caress.’ That should keep me out of trouble for a bit! :)

Q) Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

A) Yes - thank you so much for reading my work! A particular thank you to my street team fans who take time out their day to leave me awesome reviews and give me their feedback on ARC’s. You are THE BEST!

Q) Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

A) Bwahaha! My books are purely all imagination. If you’re reading them, it won’t take you long to figure out why that is…


ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

Christina Mandara is a USA TODAY bestselling author and tends to write dark romance with lashings of kinky naughtiness. Her favourite pastime is travelling, and if it involves sun, sea and… sand then it’s all good.

In her spare time she’s usually cuddled up with a good book, exploring the countryside or baking in the kitchen. In fact, she loves her kitchen so much she’s one of few woman who wouldn’t mind being tied to it! Her first and foremost love is writing, however, and more often than not you’ll find her on a laptop spinning tales of romance, erotica or dark, paranormal fantasies.

She’s a big fan of BDSM in all of its glorious forms, and her favourite item in the toy closet (a box simply isn’t big enough) is her riding crop.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

NEW RELEASE! CHEATER'S REGRET (Curious Liaisons #2) by Rachel Van Dyken:


Cheater’s Regret, an all-new sexy STANDALONE from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is now Live on Amazon & Free in Kindle Unlimited!!

TITLE: Cheater's Regret
SERIES: Curious Liaisons
SERIES PLACEMENT: #2
AUTHOR: Rachel Van Dyken
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2017
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
PAGES: Approx. 286
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BOOK BLURB:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex—until he turns your world upside down again.

Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge. It feels immensely satisfying to plot her ex’s downfall—but so does kissing him.

Thatch Holloway, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation—true—but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.

He’s not over her. And she’s not over him.

Austin wants closure, but since Thatch refuses to give it to her, she takes matters into her own hands. She needs to write a human-interest piece for her MBA, so she demands the full plastic-surgery experience. Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together. But Thatch isn’t afraid to play dirty in return. And he’s still hiding something—something that has the power to destroy not only Austin but their second chance at finding forever…


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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NEW RELEASE! THE LINE by Amie Knight:


TITLE: The Line
AUTHOR: Amie Knight
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2017
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
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BOOK BLURB:
I was a thief.
The invisible girl only he could see.
The woman who wanted to be more.

He was the mark.
The extraordinary cowboy who stole my sixteen-year-old heart.
The damaged man who still owned it, even four years later.

The Line was where we began.
Where fates collided.
Where truths derailed.

The place where our love story ends.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR...


Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma's books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn't reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to '90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can't imagine living anywhere other than the South.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

NEW REVIEW! BURN BEFORE READING by Sara Wolf:


"Burn Before Reading is a spirited, unique look at teen angsts, love and life. It held the best kind of heartache with one delicious, tension filled moment after another." - Craves the Angst

TITLE: Burn Before Reading
AUTHOR: Sara Wolf
AGE GROUP: Young Adult
GENRE: Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2017
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
PRINT LENGTH: Approx. 626
COPY PROVIDED BY: Author
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RATING: 5 Stars!
CLIFFHANGER: No

BOOK BLURB:
A girl meets a wolf.
And a wolf meets his match.

Beatrix Cruz - Bee for short - has exactly one goal; kick her dad's severe depression in the ass. She's got a foolproof plan;

1. Get into the elite high school Lakecrest Preparatory on a scholarship
2. Study like crazy
3. Graduate into NYU and become a shrink

Nothing can stand in her way - not even Lakecrest's rich, hot, and notorious Blackthorn brothers. Not Fitz Blackthorn, with his flirting and his elite computer hacking, not Burn Blackthorn, with his intimidating height and emotionless face, and certainly not sinfully handsome Wolf Blackthorn, who hands out 'red cards' to students who displease him, and expels the ones who keep doing it. 

But when Bee stands up for a student, she pisses off Wolf, and he's suddenly itching to pull her scholarship from underneath her. To keep it, Bee strikes a deal with the devil - father Blackthorn himself; spy on Mr. Blackthorn's sons, become friends with them, and learn their secrets in exchange for staying at Lakecrest.

Betraying the Blackthorn brothers' trust is supposed to be easy. 

Becoming friends with the Blackthorn boys makes it hard.

And falling in love with Wolf makes it impossible.


REVIEWER'S NOTE: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.


5 Blackthorn Brother Stars!
Addicting and emotional! It brought all the feels! 

The Review: 
This book! This book had all the feels! From start to finish, I was spellbound! Wolf, Burn and Fitz were unique, layered, complicated and complete bad-boys to the core. Bee was a fresh dose of awesome! Her character was the perfect mix of quirky, beautiful and determined.

Burn Before Reading is a spirited, unique look at teen angsts, love and life. It held the best kind of heartache with one delicious, tension filled moment after another. Coupled with smart, lively writing, this is a must read!

Story/Characters... 
Beatrix Cruz is in over her head. Deciding that her father's illness is all on her to make better, she gives up her dreams of becoming a writer to join the elite and over privileged populace at Lakecrest Preparatory, in hopes it will appeal to NYU, where she’s set on getting her psychiatry degree. Making excellent grades and towing a straight line are just two of the things she needs to do in order to keep her scholarship. The other? Don’t get on the bad side of the Blackthorn brothers, which is hard not to do when she sees Wolf bullying her new friend, Eric.

Burn, Wolf and Fritz Blackthorn rule Lakecrest. They walk the halls, passing down judgment to those they think need it. But not all is what it seems, especially when one scholarshipper butts in and puts Wolf in his place.

Oh these characters! Where do I even start in describing how much I loved each and every one of them!

Let’s start with the boys. Burn, Wolf and Fritz were so incredibly amazing. Each brother stood out and was unique with their own set of qualities and traumas. Each one handled the pain of their past a little differently. Burn masked his pain with avoidance. Fritz masked his pain with good times and sarcasm. And Wolf... oh my precious Wolf. He masked his pain and trauma with asserting control where he previously had none. They were flawed, damaged, a little bitter, too old for their young age and absolutely beautiful, both inside and out.

Bee was so much fun! I just loved her. She was quick witted, intelligent and I loved her one-liners. Her altruistic motives pulled my heartstrings in every direction. I could feel her desperation and her loneliness pouring off the pages. She wanted so desperately to help her dad, that she lost sight of who she was. Wolf, through his own traumatic past, could see that and though he went about it the wrong way, he tried to pull her from that self sacrificing ledge.

Mistakes were made, on both sides. Emotions were explored. And we got a close look at the damage words and actions can cause, when careless. Everyone was dealing with their own pain and some were smart enough to see that, learn from it and grow.

The Wrap Up: 
This story didn’t wrap up with a pretty little bow, spelling out everyone's HEA. It wasn’t perfect, but it was life. And that pretty much sums up this story as a whole. It was about... life... and everything that can get in the way of living it, if you let it. Or how you can find your own kind of happy if you cherish yourself and those around you and just let yourself ... be.

I’m aching to reread this one! I loved it. And like I said, these characters were damaged, a little bit broken and with the excellent and entertaining writing, this book brought the feels. If you read only one young adult novel this year, it HAS to be this one!


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

NEW RELEASE with EXCERPT - BURN BEFORE READING by Sara Wolf:


TITLE: Burn Before Reading
AUTHOR: Sara Wolf
AGE GROUP: Young Adult
GENRE: Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2017
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
PRINT LENGTH: Approx. 626
BLITZ COORDINATED BY:
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BOOK BLURB:
A girl meets a wolf.
And a wolf meets his match.

Beatrix Cruz - Bee for short - has exactly one goal; kick her dad's severe depression in the ass. She's got a foolproof plan;

1. Get into the elite high school Lakecrest Preparatory on a scholarship
2. Study like crazy
3. Graduate into NYU and become a shrink

Nothing can stand in her way - not even Lakecrest's rich, hot, and notorious Blackthorn brothers. Not Fitz Blackthorn, with his flirting and his elite computer hacking, not Burn Blackthorn, with his intimidating height and emotionless face, and certainly not sinfully handsome Wolf Blackthorn, who hands out 'red cards' to students who displease him, and expels the ones who keep doing it. 

But when Bee stands up for a student, she pisses off Wolf, and he's suddenly itching to pull her scholarship from underneath her. To keep it, Bee strikes a deal with the devil - father Blackthorn himself; spy on Mr. Blackthorn's sons, become friends with them, and learn their secrets in exchange for staying at Lakecrest.

Betraying the Blackthorn brothers' trust is supposed to be easy. 

Becoming friends with the Blackthorn boys makes it hard.

And falling in love with Wolf makes it impossible.


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EXCERPT

You know me, paper-and-pen. You know I absolutely despise people who have it easy. And the Blackthorns had it so easy. They were rich. They were gorgeous. And everyone liked them. They lived charmed lives.

Or so I thought at the time.

Anyway, it wasn't the fact everyone stared at them constantly and would stare at them for the rest of eternity until they left the room that pissed me off. It was the fact they never seemed to care about the attention.

There was Bernard, or Burn, for short. Taller than his brothers by at least a head, he was the oldest of three - a senior. His green eyes were always heavy-lidded, like he was perpetually on the verge of falling asleep, though he had the same dark, thick lashes as his brothers and high cheekbones. I knew he was on the Varsity basketball team, and was the whole reason Lakecrest went to states for four years. He didn't talk much, but he didn't need to. With his height and width, he was more than a little intimidating. Some people called him 'the bear', half-jokingly, half-terrified. Now that I think about it, he was definitely most of the reason people gave the Blackthorn brothers such a wide berth, physically speaking. 

The second brother was Fitzwilliam - Fitz, to everyone outside his family. Aside from the fact their mother was clearly on a big Victorian England trip when she named her sons, he was the most likable. And by 'likable' I mean he deigned to acknowledge people. Sometimes. If they were pretty enough for his tastes. He grinned more than the other two brothers. Once, he even winked at a girl, and the poor thing dropped her textbooks on her foot and she limped for a whole week straight with a dumbstruck smile on her face. The teachers and staff at Lakecrest were just as susceptible to his charms - he had a way with a smile and a compliment that got even Mr. Nomsky, the grizzled old English teacher, to soften up. Fitz was part of the computer science club, though I'd heard from the other members he never attended a single after-school meeting.

Fitz had wavy hair like golden lace, neatly slicked-back, and the same green eyes as Burn, but with a friendlier edge to them. He was the only one with freckles on his nose, and he wore his uniform like it was a casual toga - his tie-half loose and his jacket slung over his shoulders. He was the baby of the three, and it showed in the way he never took anything seriously. I had three classes with him, since he was a sophomore, too, and not once did I see him pick up his pencil or try to read the textbook. And strangely enough, the teachers never harped on him to do it, either. I chalked it up to the general unfairness of wealth until I saw his test results; nothing lower than 98% on every single test. And here I was, busting my ass from the time I got home from school till midnight just to make an 80% in one of the most strict, college-oriented curriculums in the country. Needless to say, I hated him. Still do, actually, but back then I hated him without knowing him.

And finally, we came to the grand emperor of all evil - Wolfgang himself. He didn't always walk in-between the other two, but he seemed to like to, as if they were his personal gargoyles instead of his brothers. Taller than Fitz, but a hair's shorter than Burn, Wolfgang - or Wolf for short, because of course there's always a 'for short' with them - walked like a sidewinder moves in sand; utter silence and perfect poise. I think that's what intimidated most people - that he looked like he could never be ruffled, or upset, or tilted off-balance, not even by a passing tornado. There was something unshakeable about the way he held his head, his broad shoulders. It scared people. Well, maybe it was also the fact it looked like he hated everything. Where his brothers' eyes were green, Wolf's were brown-green, hazel if you really wanna get all gushy and poetic with something like Satan's eye color. Regardless, Wolf's eyes burned. They burned with a deep poison I can only describe as utter contempt. His gaze was always sharp, and started to hurt a bit if you maintained eye contact with him for too long. It was a small mercy his hair was as dark a black and shaggy as it was - it got in his eyes a lot, and put a buffer between the world and his acid-fire. Unlike Fitz, he wore his uniform perfectly pressed, though he always kept several silver rings on different fingers, and it was no secret he played with them, turning them around his skin in idle moments, or even when he walked. The middle brother, Wolf was a junior, and the rumors were already swirling he was poised to go to an Ivy League. He was on the Varsity swimming team, and nothing else.

Burn was the quiet one, Fitz was the flirty one, and Wolf was the nasty one. Everyone knew that.

And as they approached Eric and I, I realized from Eric's stare and the way he started trembling harder that they were the ones who sent him the post-it. I grabbed it from his fingers and waved it as the Blackthorn brothers came close.

"So you're the ones who gave Eric this weird, ineffective paper stop-sign, huh?" I asked. Wolf spun a ring on his finger and pointed his volcanic glare at me.

"This doesn't involve you, scholarshipper. I suggest you keep your nose out of this." He snarled.

Burn, obviously used to Wolf's usual venom, closed his eyes and leaned on the lockers like he was taking a casual nap. Fitz turned to the hallway railing and watched the clouds go by, as if he was bored by it all. Scholarshipper. Of course he'd use the fact I'm the only one on scholarship to this school against me. Everyone else had mommies and daddies who could pay for such a prestigious place. I took a deep breath.

"And I suggest you go back to Hot Topic and give them their entire juvenile angst section you've clearly gobbled up and repurposed as a personality."
Burn cracked an eye open. Fitz turned his head over his shoulder, one eyebrow raised. Wolf narrowed his long-lashed eyes to slits. Eric probably peed himself.

"Who do you think you are?" Wolf asked. The way he said it, dark and low and serrated like a knife, made me realize for a split-second why Eric might've pissed his pants. Beneath all that rich-boy angst, Wolf had an anger in him, a genuine, awful fire. Burn might've been the brawn behind the Blackthorns, and Fitz the affability, but Wolf was the fear.

"I'm just a scholarshipper," I said brightly to counter his darkness. "Minding her own business."

"You clearly aren't," Fitz chimed in with sweet smile, voice like cool honey compared to Wolf's ragged one. "This is none of your business."

"You're right. One sec." I held up the post-it and ripped it in half, letting the paper flutter to the floor. I've always been one for dramatics. And for a fair fight. Eric versus all three of the Blackthorns wasn't fair by any definition in the solar system. I smiled at Fitz. "Now it's my business."


ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.


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NEW RELEASE! 100 PROOF by Shanora Williams:


TITLE: 100 Proof
AUTHOR: Shanora Williams
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2017
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
BLITZ COORDINATED BY:
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BOOK BLURB:
I was the low life.
The screw up. 
The hopeless one with no future.

He was the rich guy. The smart one. The one who had it all.

My parents admired everything he did, while I was known for being their greatest disappointment. I didn't follow the path they paved for me. 

I drank and partied and did whatever the hell I wanted. The buzz was something I couldn't live without - the fire that filled my veins after each sip always kept me running back for more.

But then I met her, and suddenly the drinks didn't matter. The parties weren't as fun. That fiery buzz came second for once.

I drowned only in her, wanting her more than I wanted to exist.
But even with her, I screwed things up.

Now, he's with the woman I love. And he may have her, but what he should know is that even with all of his money, that nice house, and his expensive cars, her mind, body, and soul will always belong to me.

And I'm not sorry about it, brother, 'cause she was mine first.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn’t have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after.

She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive man, and is a sister to eleven.

When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down chocolate chip cookies.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

BLOG TOUR with GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY - THE TEMPEST by Brit Constantine:


TITLE: The Tempest
AUTHOR: Brit Constantine
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2017
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BOOK BLURB:
They call him “The Tempest.”

England’s most feared heavyweight-boxing champion.

He despises the fame and glory, but it’s nothing compared to the hate he inflicts on himself. All he wants is to be left alone to live on his boat in misery.

When I line up for his autograph, it’s instant fireworks. But not the beautiful stars-shine-bright kind. He’s rude. Heartless. A ticking time bomb of rage.

Luckily, I’m not afraid to put a lit match to his fuse.
I upload a private video of him to my one-million-subscribers channel. The video goes viral.

The ex-Royal Marine nearly breaks down my studio door to flag me inappropriate…

…while I’m in the middle of a live streaming event.

I don’t tell him. I don’t switch off the camera. I keep recording, secretly playing to my audience. He should have checked if the camera was rolling, right?

It should be a shipwreck from the moment the storm hits.

It is.

And then … it isn’t.

Our attraction is painful, undeniable, and it’s like I am Eve and his lips are the apple, and damn if his tongue isn’t the snake.

I am the only girl who can put this broken man back together again.

But he knows the secret he is keeping will tear us apart. He knows it’ll force my hand to break ties with the only family I have left in the world.

But once The Tempest, the man with the iron heart, falls in love … he’ll crush anyone who dares to take me away from him.

I have no choice but to go down with his ship.

Hook, line, and goddamned sinker.
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The Tempest is a contemporary romance story of love, comedy and treachery.

No cheating. No OW/OM. Standalone. HEA. 18+


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!! GUEST POST WITH BRIT CONSTANTINE !!

We asked Brit to tell us what inspired her to write this book. Here's what she had to say...

What Inspired Me to Write This Book...

If you’ve ever been in love, you probably know that love can hurt. It can be messy, complicated, and sometimes leaves no survivors. In real life, love is very rarely the simple happily-ever-after fairy tale. One of the things I love about The Tempest is that it doesn’t flinch away from the complicated and heavy parts of love. Yes, ultimately, it is a romance comedy, but it deals with every raw part of love, from loyalty to loss to treachery.

I struggled sometimes with just how raw some of the scenes turned out; especially the scene where the shocking plot twist comes to light. I knew Lenic’s secret and struggles where going to be hard to write, but everything in words, stripped bare on the page, is something entirely different. Honestly, it’s even a little frightening because in going to those raw places, there are also a lot of deep and personal pieces of myself on the page. But in exploring my characters’ scars, I’ve come to accept my own.

I will admit, it was intimidating to be so open and vulnerable, but that’s what my book is. My blood poured out in ink. And I think as a debut romance writer, I wanted to be as open and authentic as I could. Just because it is romance fiction, doesn’t mean it should be watered down. Life isn’t. Love isn’t. I wanted to write a story that will affect the reader, and have them questioning the world around them.

Lenic and Felicity are perfect for each other, a team. And while they do have some conflict over outside events, they don’t really have any issues between them. There are no exes to break them apart, no lingering love for another. They are each other’s first and last love. They’re it for each other.

It all started with Lenic Reevus, my hero. He is my alpha-male baby. For me, lately, I just couldn’t fall in love with any heroes in contemporary romance. Lenic isn’t a walking-STD player, and neither is he a manipulative billionaire. He’s loyal to a fault, and when he falls in love, he falls hard. His inner turmoil from the haunting guilt he carries almost breaks my heart. But when I think about Lenic Reevus, about the way he treats my heroine, about how much he loves her, and what he is willing to do for her, what he is willing to sacrifice, for her alone … I think I feel my heart smile just a little inside.

And if I can make my readers feel the same way, fill their hearts with hope that real men, good chivalrous men, do exist, can exist … if my writing has the ability to do that … I consider that the highest success of all.


Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog. It’s been wonderful talking about what inspired me to write The Tempest! Luv, Brit!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

Brit Constantine is a twenty-something author of The Tempest, her first published novel. Writing and ballet are the two things she lives for … next to cheesecake and firemen. When she’s not writing, or randomly bidding for useless items on the Web, she’s either earning bruises at her boyfriend’s mixed martial arts club or sipping on a perfect glass of Pimm’s with her girlfriends. She lives in London with her ever-growing collection of shoes. It’s a woman’s right to shoes.

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NEW RELEASE! LIVING WITH SHAME (The Irish Bastards #1) by KJ Bell:


TITLE: Living With Shame
SERIES: The Irish Bastards
SERIES PLACEMENT: #1
AUTHOR: K.J. Bell
AGE GROUP: New Adult
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2017
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
BLITZ COORDINATED BY:
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BOOK BLURB:
At thirteen, I snuck a kiss. 
At sixteen, I fell in love.
At eighteen, I despised loving him. 
He lied, cheated and killed. He also protected, provided and gave me solace.

I ran the streets, doing whatever I pleased, until Shame showed up to claim me. For five years, the most notorious street gang in Boston became my family. The day I turned eighteen, I didn't want to leave. My heart belonged to Shame. I simply needed to convince him I was more than the little girl he rescued.

I promised to love him, but could he ever love me back?

Not all love was easy.
Not all love was meant to be.
And not all love could survive.

From the author of The Irreparable Series comes a story of forbidden romance. With all the angst you expect from KJ Bell, Living With Shame will bring you to your knees and have you begging for a happy ending.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

K.J. Bell currently lives in California with her husband and three children. As a mother of three, when she’s not writing, she’s usually carting one of her children to their various activities. 

She enjoys reading, and music, and is equally addicted to both.

Writing is a passion she simply can’t live without.

She loves hearing from her readers and can be found on various social media sites.

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