Archive for September 11th, 2018

“Losing Control” by Reana Malori

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Losing Control

by Reana Malori

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Short Story

2.99 at time of posting!

To love is to lose control ~ Paulo Coelho

Like two peas in a pod, Melanie and Simon were practically inseparable growing up. With their parents being longtime friends, it was a natural and expected bond. Not knowing when it happened they both developed deeper feelings yet neither wanted to lose control by expressing any sign of emotion. In an attempt to move on from Simon and live her life Melanie joined the Marines. Devastated by her leaving, Simon realizes exactly how much they mean to each other despite his foolish actions. Once Melanie returns home, Simon decides to plead his case even if she doesn’t want to listen.

Will Simon be able to convince Melanie that she has always been the one? Will Melanie realize that she is the only person that takes Simon out of his comfort zone that he has confined himself to for years? Losing Control is a contemporary interracial romance that takes you on a heartwarming and passionate journey where losing control is not the end of the world but the beginning.

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“Hidden Beauty Novels: The Collection – Part Two (Hidden Beauty Box Set Book 2)” by Mary Crawford

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Hidden Beauty Novels: The Collection – Part Two (Hidden Beauty Box Set Book 2)

by Mary Crawford

Genre: Contemporary/Romance/Multicultural/Inspirational

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Sometimes, a single love story can change the world. Follow the friends and family of Jeff and Kiera Whitaker in the second box set of the Hidden Beauty Novels.

Love Claimed (A Hidden Beauty Novel #6)

Donda Whitaker felt the earth move under her feet when she came face-to-face with Dr. Jaxson Shepherd — was it only because some idiot plowed into her car? Too bad she doesn’t trust doctors. Jax isn’t used to people hating him at first sight. Can Donda’s teenage son help them claim the love they both deserve?

If You Knew Me (A Hidden Beauty Novella #1)

Elijah has been dealing with bullies his whole life. He thought high school might be different. He was right. On his first day, he’s humiliated in front of a beautiful new student. Now, she wants to team up with him to change the world. What would she think if she really knew him?

Jude’s Song (A Hidden Beauty Novel #7)

Jude can’t believe his ears. Tasha is about to turn down the deal of a lifetime. A deal he would practically sell his soul for. When he calls her out, Tasha sets the record straight. Maybe walking in her shoes isn’t quite as simple as it looks. When she offers him a shot at his dreams, Jude must decide if he can overcome his fears and stop living in the shadows.

The Price of Freedom (A Hidden Beauty Novella #2)

Nate must decide which promise to keep. He vowed to avenge the death of his father who was killed in the line of duty by his father’s unit in the military and finishing the job. Yet, when Nate fell in love with Holly way back in elementary school, he promised he wouldn’t ever leave. He knows every moment with her is precious. The last thing Holly wants is for Nate to sacrifice his dreams to stay with her. Sometimes, the price of freedom is just too high.

Paths Not Taken (A Hidden Beauty Novel #8)

Jordan Shepherd seems to specialize in making a mess of things. First, she tried to screw up her brother’s chance at happiness and now to save her sanity, she’s quitting her job in front of a stranger — a position she thought would make her a fashion icon. Now, she must go home and patch things up with her family while she tries to rebuild her life.

As a former athlete, Cristiano Romero has seen some acts of courage, but he is impressed by Jordan. He’s not so sure he’s ready to let the feisty woman with the sharp tongue and nerves of steel disappear from his life. When his own career plans are upended, can they forge a path not taken together?

Dreams Change (A Hidden Beauty Novella #3)

After rediscovering childhood love and obtaining more fame and fortune than they could’ve ever imagined, everything should be perfect for Aidan and Tara O’Brien, but it’s not. Recurrent miscarriages bring up ghosts in Tara’s past and leave Aidan feeling helpless. Is it the end of a fairy-tale love story or can dreams change?

Heart Wish (A Hidden Beauty Novel #9)

Kendall’s computer is being held hostage by ransomware. She has a missing infant to find with her work to do at Locate My Heart, an agency which helps find missing children. Without her computer, she’s helpless. She doesn’t expect the computer expert she contacts to question everything her agency does. Jameson has a complicated history with people like Kendall — and none of it’s good. But, what if he’s wrong and she can use her skills to make his life whole?

Tempting Fate (A Hidden Beauty Novel #10)

Mindy Whitaker has always been able to predict the future until she can’t. Her gift seems to have abandoned her when she needs it the most. After her college roommate is killed, she goes home to regroup — only to encounter her childhood crush. Elijah Fischer is facing challenges of his own. Can he help Mindy rediscover her gifts in time to prevent a tragedy that would destroy his world?

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“Diet Club Death: Missy DeMeanor Cozy Mystery #3 (Missy DeMeanor Cozy Mysteries)” by Brianna Bates

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Diet Club Death: Missy DeMeanor Cozy Mystery #3 (Missy DeMeanor Cozy Mysteries)

by Brianna Bates

Genre: Cozy/Mystery/Crafts & Hobbies/Amateur Sleuths

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YUMMY AS A CUPCAKE…AND GUARANTEED CALORIE-FREE!

Creepy meeting place aside, the last thing you’d expect to find at a ladies’ diet club meeting would be a dead body, right? And although voluptuous amateur sleuth Missy DeMeanor has seen more than one body, this is different. This is one of her oldest friends.,

Having tried almost everything – she’s exercising at the gym and she eats less than her petite best friend Noreen, but she seems to gain weight just standing still – finally, Missy’s decided to accept the invitation of her oldest friend Karen, to join a secretive, ladies only, invitation-only, contract-required diet club. But at Missy’s first meeting, Karen, who is obviously ill, is discovered dead on the bathroom floor. The police decide that her death was caused by an extreme diet and quickly close the case.

As hard as it is to accept her friend’s death, Missy just cannot bring herself to believe that Karen would have put her health at risk with a weight-loss plan Karen herself described as “the craziest diet” she’d heard about. Missy keeps insisting Karen would never knowingly have ingested a harmful substance-– so who gave it to her? But her ex-boyfriend, Grove City’s chief detective Tyler Brock, isn’t listening. And so, given Tyler’s refusal to dig deeper, it’s up to her to solve the mystery if anyone’s going to.

Through the haze of her own grief, she bravely-– “recklessly”, in Tyler’s words-– probes the complicated turns Karen’s life has taken over the years she and Missy remained close at heart, but geographically removed. And, as in all good murder mysteries, secrets tumble out one after another, making Missy wonder if it’s even possible to know another person.

Meanwhile, she still has feelings for Tyler that make her too uncomfortable to be around him, knowing that he’s trying to work things out with his estranged wife. Yet he’s alternately flirtatious and impatient with her endeavors to unmask a killer… almost as if he still cares about her and is trying to protect her.

Like the rest of this series, this delightful cozy is a quick, easy, very fun read with no cliffhangers, on-the-page violence, or graphic scenes. Fans of Gina LaManna, Jana DeLeon, Mary Daheim, and Leighann Dobbs will eat it up and go back for seconds—the whole series goes down faster than a plate of cupcakes and won’t cost you a single calorie.

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#BlogTour “The Silken Daggers (Mavericks of the Heartland #2)” by Jenny Bullington

Title: The Silken Daggers

Series: Mavericks of the Heartland #2

Author: Jenny Bullington

Genre: Adult, Historical Mafia Romance

Published: September 6, 2018

Page Count: 181 Pages

Publisher: The Pathos Pen Publishing

Ruby Walsh and Edith Campbell are two women ahead of their time. One the wife of a soldier fighting on the front during World War II, the other in a relationship with a forbidden love. Together they form a secret society dubbed The Silken Daggers to investigate a missing woman with ties to mafia activity in their sleepy Northwest Iowa town. What they uncover is more than they bargained for, as they decide to take justice into their own hands. Can they keep their town safe while keeping themselves alive? Can they find the missing woman in time? Their passion for fighting crime matches their passion for their men, but will love prevail? THE SILKEN DAGGERS is Book Two in the Mavericks of the Heartland series.

 

The Silken Daggers Excerpt © Jenny Bullington 2018Bea had a somber countenance. She looked straight at Ruby. “What is going on? Did you do something? Are you all right?”

Ruby took a seat, taking a deep breath before beginning. “Everything is fine for now, but Edith and I made something happen, and it takes place tonight.”

A hush fell over the room, and she decided now was as good a time as any to tell them about the plans for this evening. Everyone stared right at Ruby.

“So, Edith and I met with a contact in Sioux City. She knows how to start tracking the drugs, but I need to be sure, and I…” Ruby stumbled on her own words, not even sure why she had demanded to meet with Campagna. “We have a meeting with Angelo Campagna tonight in Sioux City.”

“What the hell for? Isn’t he an underling of Meyer Lanskey?!” Bea demanded, not masking her indignation.

June held her hand over her mouth. “They nearly killed my boys last summer, Ruby…” her voice choked and tears began to spill out over her eyes.

“I know, I know. This isn’t justifying that. But the Silken Daggers might be able to get more information than the police ever would. There’s something about being off-the-books and working together that just seems to click, more than anything legitimate.”

“Do you have any idea how dangerous this is, Ruby?” Paulie piped up.

Edith placed her hand on his arm. “You promised you wouldn’t get worked up.”

Paulie huffed. “How am I supposed to keep my promise to Jack if I let his wife go blindly in to meet with a mob boss?”

Ruby cleared her throat. “It’s not quite how you think, Paulie. We have a way to get him by himself, without his hired muscle.”

Paulie looked at her wide-eyed. “How?” he hesitantly asked.

Ruby set her shoulders back. “We are going to make him think we’re prostitutes. He always goes in the room alone.”

Paulie jumped to his feet. “Edith, you didn’t tell me that! No, I won’t allow the love of my life to be used as a prostitute just to get information. Hell no! What if he rapes you? The stakes of this are too high.”

Edith looked to Ruby pleadingly.

Ruby reached into her bra and revealed the vial of yellow powder. “But I like a high stakes game,” Ruby quipped. “Sit down, Goldstein, and let me finish.” She held up the vial for all to see. Paulie stared at it, and slowly sat back down next to Edith. Some of his gelled hair fell out of place, his face was red and a vein popped out from the side of his neck.

“What is that?” Bea asked from the side, leaning in to get a better look.

“It will make the mobster docile. We mix it in his drink when he gets in the room. Within a few minutes, it will take effect and last for four hours, I’m told. His limbs will be numb, it will be like he’s drunk,” Ruby informed them.

“What’s the name of this stuff, and does it work on husbands?” Bea asked, smirking. Ruby winked at her, appreciating her effort to lighten the mood.

Paulie raised an eyebrow at her, looking as if he were scolding a child. “Where did you get this, Ruby?”

“I don’t know the name of it, and I can’t tell you where I got it, for everyone else’s protection,” Ruby replied, starting to feel her blood pressure rise.

“If you’re doing something illegal, which clearly you are, I can’t protect you…” Paulie started, but Edith interrupted.

“Us doing this off the books is exactly what you need to be able to stop the drug trade in Cherokee, and no officer of the law would touch us for helping them in a way they couldn’t accomplish themselves. You know this is going to work,” Edith argued.

Jack and Ruby Walsh thought their sleepy town’s Independence Day would be like all the others. That is, until an accidental explosion of fireworks destroys downtown Cherokee, Iowa. A witch-hunt ensues as WWII tensions rise, causing everyone to blame one immigrant German family for the fire. But was it really them? Only Jack and Ruby have the courage to fight for justice, even as they stand against the most corrupt in their community. Ignited by their white-hot passion for each other, the two stick together until they have Cherokee on its knees, rectifying its wrongs and uncovering a more sinister criminal network. RACE TO THE GALLOWS is a harrowing tale of love, loyalty, and courage. Based on true events in Northwest Iowa.

 

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Ever since she was a little girl on a farm in rural Iowa, Jenny Bullington’s heart has been filled with wanderlust and adventure. She started writing at an early age, and has never stopped. After exploring Italy, Ethiopia, and South Korea, Bullington’s desire to transport others to those places and to raise awareness of important humanitarian and social issues takes hold in her writings.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University and her Master’s Degree from Pacific Oaks College. In her spare time, Bullington enjoys teaching as an adjunct college professor, writes parenting and child development columns for a taekwondo kids program, advocates against domestic violence and human trafficking, and is passionate about social justice. She’s recently been featured as a storyteller at Ode, an Iowa organization that promotes positive impact through empathy. Her adventures never stop as she raises her five small children with her beloved husband, Branden, in the Midwest.

 

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“South Coast Brothers Part 1” by Kacey Hamford

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South Coast Brothers Part One

by Kacey Hamford

Genre: Romance/Action Adventure/Collection

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Two motorcycle clubs. Several hot, tattooed, alpha bikers trying to balance love, the club and brotherhood.

Join the South Coast brothers on their journeys. Find out how they ever survived without the love of their Old Ladies. Watch how determined and focused they become as danger arises and threaten everything they hold dear.

These men have their priorities in order and see that no harm will come to their club or their families.

18+ due to strong language and sexual references.

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“My Other Car is a Screaming Dead Chick (Chronicles of Bif Book 2)” by Richard Langridge

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My Other Car is a Screaming Dead Chick (Chronicles of Bif Book 2)

by Richard Langridge

Genre: Science Fiction/Humor & Satire

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The return of an old foe. The battle for an entire galaxy…

The Conductor: galaxy’s greatest super-villain and all around bad guy, has escaped from his perpetual prison. His plan? To locate a mythical object known only as the Source, and harness its power to enslave every soul in the entire galaxy.

Desperate to stop him, Dex and the gang promptly head off to intercept; however, when their ship is stolen, and the two of them left stranded, it’s clear they’re going to need to come up with other plans before heading off in pursuit.

If things weren’t bad enough already, The Conductor has also kidnapped the object of Bif’s affections, and is currently using her as a living taxi while he careens around space doing bad-guy things. To say the gang have seen better days is an understatement.

Will Dex and co. manage to stop The Conductor before he can locate the Source and unleash full-scale Armageddon on the galaxy? Will Bif really get expelled? And what exactly is Dex’s history with this guy, anyway?

Space pirates. Ancient civilizations. Generic ’80s glam rock.

Here we go again…

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