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“Chasing Down a Dream: A Blessings Novel” by Beverly Jenkins

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Chasing Down a Dream: A Blessings Novel

by Beverly Jenkins

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Fiction/African-American/Small Town & Rural

1.99 at time of posting!

NAACP nominee and USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins continues her beloved Blessings series with a heartwarming novel about what really makes a family.

There’s never a dull day in Henry Adams, Kansas.

Tamar July has never had a great relationship with certain members of her family. In fact, she’d characterize it as a “hate/hate relationship.” But when her cousin calls her with the news that she’s dying and wants Tamar to plan the funeral, she’s shocked but is willing to drop everything for her.

After a horrendous storm, Gemma finds a young boy and his little sister walking on the side of the road. She takes them in and quickly falls in love with the orphaned siblings. But when Gemma contacts Social Services to try to become their foster mother, she’s told a white woman cannot foster African-American children.

In the midst of these trials, Jack and Rocky are trying to plan their wedding. The entire town comes together to lend a helping hand.

Though the residents of Henry Adams face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, each of them will discover that family comes in many forms, especially during the most trying of times.

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#Review “Bolt, Volume 1, Book 2” by Angel Payne

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Bolt, Volume 1, Book 2

Reece Richards’ past comes calling when the woman responsible for his kidnapping shows up in LA.

Angelique La Salle strolls into the Brocade Hotel, bad French accent and all, insinuating her possession of a pair of cufflinks she’s “returning” to Reece is proof of their special connection.

Emmalina fell for it and scurries off to a back office. And because that’s not far enough, because… you know, she thought Reece had feelings for her, she bolts for home. (The title of this story is beginning to make sense.)

Of course, Typical Romance Heroine Behavior leads to bad decisions made in haste. Emmalina ends up in a dangerous situation surrounded by men bragging about the woman they raped the night before. (Nothing that happens to these scumbags is enough hurt!)

Where is a superhero when you need one?

Closer than you think.

Emmalina can’t get her bearings when Bolt is the last thing she sees before she passes out but Reece is the first thing she sees when she wakes the next morning.

A standoff leads to The Talk where Reece explains his past and who he is. And romance fans everywhere swoon!

I wasn’t a fan of the sex scene which follows as Emmalina describes herself as a vanilla-town girl and Reece wants to be the better man she sees in him, it felt too random and street for my tastes.

Angelique is still around, unfortunately, and after Reece makes decisions to keep Emmalina safe, the wicked witch of skank (Emmalina’s name for her) lures him into a trap that almost ends badly for Bolt.

But the highlight of this installment, for me, is when Angelique shows up one time too many. Trying to find out where Bolt is, she attempts to intimidate Emmalina, and knowing how powerful Angelique is and what she did to Bolt, Emmalina not only stands her ground, she proved there may be a little swirl in her vanilla! Awesome scene!

I left Emmalina hanging out at a foo-foo tennis banquet in the O.C. but word is a superhero may put in an appearance. Stay tuned!

 

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Bolt (Volume 1)

by  Angel Payne

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Bolt Saga One

A powerful man… A shocking secret…

Working the night-shift at a five-star hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Emmalina Crist has had her fair share of strange encounters. But none of them have prepared her for the experience of meeting the enigmatic Reece Richards.

Emma’s connection with Reece is hot as hell and impossible to ignore, resulting in a night of passion that’s unlike anything she’s ever experienced―but even the man’s magical lips and hands aren’t worth repeating the indiscretion. Sleeping with the boss―especially when he’s one of the world’s most notorious players―is a dire mistake under normal circumstances, but even more so with business booming because of Bolt, the mysterious “superhero” turning downtown LA into a truly supercharged tourist destination.

What if Reece could tell Emma their electric attraction is more than just passionate chemistry? That the superhero she celebrates and the lover she resists are the same man? Reece knows that sharing his secret with Emma means exposing her to the same lunatics who are out to destroy him. Can he take that chance?

Bolt Saga Two

The man behind the mask… The love she can’t give up…

Sometimes, fighting the flames only fans them―as Emma Crist and Reece Richards have quickly learned. But Reece’s secret identity threatens their electric attraction when a face from his past reappears, leading to a confrontation that changes everything.

Emma now knows the truth about what Reece does in his “spare time.” But what can she do about it? The man behind Bolt’s mask is the love she refuses to give up―but she’s not alone. A band of rogue scientists still want their prize lab rat back, and they’ve enlisted Reece’s gorgeous and dangerous ex-girlfriend to help.

Emma’s always known she’s wanted more than your typical average relationship―but what happens when destiny comes with danger? Is the power of love strong enough to survive supercharged evil?

Bolt Saga Three

Bolted…and bonded…

Happily ever after is a much different experience when the whole world is along for the ride―especially when life is racing at Mach speed and the prince is a real-life superhero. But Emmalina Crist is doing her best to keep pace ever since being swept off her feet by the charismatic Reece Richards, bad boy billionaire turned world’s most electrifying superhero.

She’s the most envied woman on the planet, but also its most confused. How does life ever return to “normal”? She’s captured the globe’s most renowned bachelor and she’s the media’s new darling because of it―but thanks to the Consortium’s relentless pursuit, the idea of losing Reece at any second is her new reality. There’s no instruction manual for dating a superhero. But when a girl is bolted by true love, she must find the courage to reach beyond reality, expectations, and even herself, in a fight for the ultimate power. Everlasting love.

Buy Volume 1 (includes 1-3)

Volume One Paperback, Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JcE3Jo

Volume One Paperback, Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2LgGqM0

Buy ebooks 1 – 3

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2szHsvN
Amazon Universal: mybook.to/BoltPartOne
iBooks: https://apple.co/2pKzf6q
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#BlogTour “The Flowerpot Witch (Wendy Woo Witch Lit Novel Book 3)” by Wendy Steele

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C H A R A C T E R    S P O T L I G H T

Meet Lizzie Martin from the Wendy Woo Witch Lit Series!

Hi, I’m Lizzie and I’m a witch. Not that I wear a pointy hat and travel to work on a broomstick. In fact, unless you get to know me well, you would never know but I live my life following the Sacred Wheel of the Year and use magic in my daily life. I might draw a single card from my Tarot pack, set a candle spell working or consult with Cerridwen and her cauldron but even if my focus is not on a magical act or ritual, the Wheel turns and I move with it.

Rowan, my fifteen-year-old daughter, and I still live in our old house, despite Marsha, my mother-in-law’s generous inheritance, and I’ve spent the past months since Christmas trying to follow a path I believe will be my new career. I’ve coped with burglaries instigated by Edward Brown my old boss, interference from my ex-husband Josh, who’s decided after ten years that he does want a relationship with his daughter while embarking on a new relationship with George, a former soldier who lives in a cottage in a wood near me.

And I’ve discovered my parents weren’t my parents. Well, Dad was Dad but the woman I’d tried to make love me was actually my aunt who despised me. She didn’t like Dad much either but both of them were manipulated by Edward Brown. That was a shock I can tell you! The connection was there but it took my Dad’s sister, my Aunt Matilda to tell me the whole story.

Louise and I grow closer every day. She’s a great friend, raven-haired and vivacious, completely different from me but they say opposites attract. She’s kind, that’s why I like her and Ingrid has become a friend too, Jess, Rowan’s friend’s Mum, a woman with the energy and enthusiasm of a lit Catherine Wheel!

The chickens have been naughty, but that’s chickens for you and if Robbie and Stardust hadn’t snuggled up in their love nest in the alley, Cariad, the black kitten, wouldn’t now be a permanent fixture on my shoulder and a big part of our lives.

I’ve been back to Wales to see my half brother and sister, Jack and Finola, discovering where our real mother lives and while in Cornwall, George and I began to communicate, learning about each other and the past that has influenced our lives so much.

There’s been magic, of course, a particular seven card Tarot spread shining light and understanding on family and relationship issues, but the most magical day these past few months was the day I saw my real mother for the very first time.

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coverLizzie Martin has chosen pottery to be her new career…

But the teacher from hell threatens to thwart her ambitions before she starts.

She has support from her best friend Louise and Evan, another pottery tutor, but Rowan, her fifteen-year-old daughter is restless, Josh, her ex-husband is colluding with her aunt and though her mother is alive, access to her is forbidden. When The Morrigan appears in her sacred circle, Lizzie knows she has a battle on her hands.

There is hope though.

Stardust the chicken brings a new creature into Lizzie’s life and a long-awaited meeting with her Aunt Matilda brings Lizzie’s past into perspective.

Lizzie’s magic ventures beyond The Sanctuary, into the Welsh landscape and the realms of the fae.

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Author Bio Wendy Steele

Wendy Steele is author, wise woman, goddess. She is a writer, dance teacher, mother, and healer.

Her passion is magic.

The Lilith Trilogy leads the reader along the paths of the witches Qabalah, following Angel Parson’s story of betrayal, retribution, and redemption. Her magical story contains high magic as well as pagan ritual.

The Standing Stone Book Series focuses on the lives of three women linked together across time and space by the standing stone. The countryside is the focus of their magic, embracing the gods and goddesses, tree spirits, elves and fairies.

Her latest series, The Wendy Woo Witch Lit Series, begins with The Naked Witch. Lizzie Martin, receptionist, single mother and witch, is asked by her new boss to conform and embrace the corporate dress code. The reality of paisley to pinstripe, an unexpected stay in the hospital, monitoring of her fourteen-year-old daughter’s latest crush, the search for the truth about her father’s death and two new men in her life, give Lizzie plenty of plates to spin. In The Orphan Witch, Lizzie is grieving while trying to find her real mother and the truth about her father and in the third book, The Flowerpot Witch, due to be published on 21st June, she embarks on a new career, thwarted at every step by those around her.

You can hear Wendy telling her short stories in Pan’s Grotto on her Welsh riverbank, on her YouTube channel, The Phoenix and the Dragon.

Wendy’s non-fiction title Wendy Woo’s Year – A Pocketful of Smiles offers the reader 101 ideas to bring a smile to every day.

Wendy lives in Wales with her partner, Mike, and cats. If she’s not writing or teaching dance, you’ll find her renovating her house, clearing her land or sitting on her riverbank, breathing in the beauty of nature.

 

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YouTube channel: The Phoenix and the Dragon

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“Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes

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Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (Translator)

Genre: Classics/Literary/Humor

1.99 at time of posting!

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

Edith Grossman’s definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece, in an expanded P.S. edition

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. You haven’t experienced Don Quixote in English until you’ve read this masterful translation.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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“Father’s Day: A Novel” by Simon Van Booy

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Father’s Day: A Novel

by Simon Van Booy

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Family Life

1.99 at time of posting!

When devastating news shatters the life of six-year-old Harvey, she finds herself in the care of a veteran social worker, Wanda, and alone in the world save for one relative she has never met—a disabled felon, haunted by a violent past he can’t escape.

Moving between past and present, Father’s Day weaves together the story of Harvey’s childhood on Long Island and her life as a young woman in Paris. Written in raw, spare prose that personifies the characters, this novel is the journey of two people searching for a future in the ruin of their past.

Father’s Day is a meditation on the quiet, sublime power of compassion, and the beauty of simple, everyday things—a breakthrough work from one of our most gifted chroniclers of the human heart.

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#Review “Bolt, Volume 1, Book 1” by Angel Payne

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Bolt, Volume 1, Book 1

Born into wealth and privilege, Reece Richards has never gone without. The golden boy of the tabloids has very little purpose or direction in life other than finding and bedding his next conquest.

Allowing his libido to lead him one time too many, Reece is honey-trapped, ends up strapped to a gurney and told, “This will be easier if you don’t resist.” Fade to black.

A year later, the night shift of a high-end hotel brings the new girl—Emmalina—up to speed on the superhero-like escapades of a mysterious figure they watch via a live cell-cam feed.

Emmalina is mesmerized.

Enter reclusive hotel owner (and boss)–Reece Richards!

Again, Emmalina is mesmerized.

Within the hour, Emmalina is in Reece’s penthouse apartment and despite both their better judgments, there’s sex. Lots of graphic, explicit sex. (And all the fans of erotica leaped to their feet cheering!)

When Reece leaves the room to speak with another employee, Emmalina has a moment of clarity of OMG-I-cannot-believe-I-screwed-my-boss… and bolts. (Pun intended.)

It’s a battle of wills and hormones as Reece and Emmalina struggle to learn if their connection is… more.

Their story unfolds as the southland goes nuts over the mysterious, masked superhero who’s dubbed “Bolt.” But who is he? Where did he come from? How does he do all those super cool things?

It’s obvious Reece Richards is Bolt and whatever was done to him when he was kidnapped created ‘Bolt.’

His superpowers aren’t explained, but he appears to have the power of electricity/energy—or IS electricity/energy. He zips around like The Flash and he can levitate. He has extremities which glow, and a transference of body fluids sends Emmalina to Orgasm-Utopia.

Why? *Shrugs*

Reece is the ne’er-do-well son cast off by his wealthy family to the west coast. Why? *Shrugs*

Emmalina is the vanilla-town girl whose normal life blasted into entitlement orbit after her father’s promotion. She had to get away from the Orange County affluence and work a real job on her own. *Blink*

As erotica, Bolt, book 1 is spot on. As science fiction? It’s science fiction-lite because nothing has been explained. It’s also romance-lite for me because I’ve felt no chemistry between Reece and Emmalina… yet.

But it’s only book 1 and this is a trilogy. Tomorrow… book 2.

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Bolt (Volume 1)

by  Angel Payne

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Bolt Saga One

A powerful man… A shocking secret…

Working the night-shift at a five-star hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Emmalina Crist has had her fair share of strange encounters. But none of them have prepared her for the experience of meeting the enigmatic Reece Richards.

Emma’s connection with Reece is hot as hell and impossible to ignore, resulting in a night of passion that’s unlike anything she’s ever experienced―but even the man’s magical lips and hands aren’t worth repeating the indiscretion. Sleeping with the boss―especially when he’s one of the world’s most notorious players―is a dire mistake under normal circumstances, but even more so with business booming because of Bolt, the mysterious “superhero” turning downtown LA into a truly supercharged tourist destination.

What if Reece could tell Emma their electric attraction is more than just passionate chemistry? That the superhero she celebrates and the lover she resists are the same man? Reece knows that sharing his secret with Emma means exposing her to the same lunatics who are out to destroy him. Can he take that chance?

Bolt Saga Two

The man behind the mask… The love she can’t give up…

Sometimes, fighting the flames only fans them―as Emma Crist and Reece Richards have quickly learned. But Reece’s secret identity threatens their electric attraction when a face from his past reappears, leading to a confrontation that changes everything.

Emma now knows the truth about what Reece does in his “spare time.” But what can she do about it? The man behind Bolt’s mask is the love she refuses to give up―but she’s not alone. A band of rogue scientists still want their prize lab rat back, and they’ve enlisted Reece’s gorgeous and dangerous ex-girlfriend to help.

Emma’s always known she’s wanted more than your typical average relationship―but what happens when destiny comes with danger? Is the power of love strong enough to survive supercharged evil?

Bolt Saga Three

Bolted…and bonded…

Happily ever after is a much different experience when the whole world is along for the ride―especially when life is racing at Mach speed and the prince is a real-life superhero. But Emmalina Crist is doing her best to keep pace ever since being swept off her feet by the charismatic Reece Richards, bad boy billionaire turned world’s most electrifying superhero.

She’s the most envied woman on the planet, but also its most confused. How does life ever return to “normal”? She’s captured the globe’s most renowned bachelor and she’s the media’s new darling because of it―but thanks to the Consortium’s relentless pursuit, the idea of losing Reece at any second is her new reality. There’s no instruction manual for dating a superhero. But when a girl is bolted by true love, she must find the courage to reach beyond reality, expectations, and even herself, in a fight for the ultimate power. Everlasting love.

Buy Volume 1 (includes 1-3)

Volume One Paperback, Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JcE3Jo

Volume One Paperback, Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2LgGqM0

Buy ebooks 1 – 3

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2szHsvN
Amazon Universal: mybook.to/BoltPartOne
iBooks: https://apple.co/2pKzf6q
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2GfzD7f
Nook: https://bit.ly/2EEssQo
GooglePlay: https://bit.ly/2szHB1j

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#ReleaseBlitz “Bolt” by Angel Payne

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Bolt (Volume 1) 

by USA Today bestselling romance author Angel Payne

Bolt (The Bolt Saga Volume 1: Parts 1, 2 & 3) Release Date:  June 12th!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Buy Volume 1 (includes 1-3) Today!

Volume One Paperback, Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JcE3Jo

Volume One Paperback, Barnes & Noble: 
https://bit.ly/2LgGqM0


Buy ebooks 1 – 3 Today!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2szHsvN
Amazon Universal: 
mybook.to/BoltPartOne
iBooks: https://apple.co/2pKzf6q
Kobo: 
https://bit.ly/2GfzD7f
Nook: 
https://bit.ly/2EEssQo 
GooglePlay: 
https://bit.ly/2szHB1j

Bolt Saga One

A powerful man… A shocking secret…

Working the night-shift at a five-star hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Emmalina Crist has had her fair share of strange encounters. But none of them have prepared her for the experience of meeting the enigmatic Reece Richards.

Emma’s connection with Reece is hot as hell and impossible to ignore, resulting in a night of passion that’s unlike anything she’s ever experienced―but even the man’s magical lips and hands aren’t worth repeating the indiscretion. Sleeping with the boss―especially when he’s one of the world’s most notorious players―is a dire mistake under normal circumstances, but even more so with business booming because of Bolt, the mysterious “superhero” turning downtown LA into a truly supercharged tourist destination.

What if Reece could tell Emma their electric attraction is more than just passionate chemistry? That the superhero she celebrates and the lover she resists are the same man? Reece knows that sharing his secret with Emma means exposing her to the same lunatics who are out to destroy him. Can he take that chance?

Bolt Saga Two

The man behind the mask… The love she can’t give up…

Sometimes, fighting the flames only fans them―as Emma Crist and Reece Richards have quickly learned. But Reece’s secret identity threatens their electric attraction when a face from his past reappears, leading to a confrontation that changes everything.

Emma now knows the truth about what Reece does in his “spare time.” But what can she do about it? The man behind Bolt’s mask is the love she refuses to give up―but she’s not alone. A band of rogue scientists still want their prize lab rat back, and they’ve enlisted Reece’s gorgeous and dangerous ex-girlfriend to help.

Emma’s always known she’s wanted more than your typical average relationship―but what happens when destiny comes with danger? Is the power of love strong enough to survive supercharged evil?

Bolt Saga Three

Bolted…and bonded…

Happily ever after is a much different experience when the whole world is along for the ride―especially when life is racing at Mach speed and the prince is a real-life superhero. But Emmalina Crist is doing her best to keep pace ever since being swept off her feet by the charismatic Reece Richards, bad boy billionaire turned world’s most electrifying superhero.

She’s the most envied woman on the planet, but also its most confused. How does life ever return to “normal”? She’s captured the globe’s most renowned bachelor and she’s the media’s new darling because of it―but thanks to the Consortium’s relentless pursuit, the idea of losing Reece at any second is her new reality. There’s no instruction manual for dating a superhero. But when a girl is bolted by true love, she must find the courage to reach beyond reality, expectations, and even herself, in a fight for the ultimate power. Everlasting love.

~ Meet the Author ~

USA Today bestselling romance author Angel Payne has written for four publishing houses, and is also independently published. She loves to focus on high heat romance with emotional twists. She has numerous book series to her credit, including the Honor Bound series, the Suited for Sin series, the Cimarron Saga, the Temptation Court series, and the Secrets of Stone series (with Victoria Blue).

Angel is thrilled to be an author for the bestselling Misadventures series, and looks forward to the launch of the Bolt Saga, featuring her super hero Reece Richards, launching in Summer 2018. Angel lives in Southern California with her soul mate husband and beautiful cos-playing daughter. As an “anime family”, they enjoy attending pop culture cons together.

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