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Dragon Chosen by Kristin Secorsky

The Dragon Riders of Eryieth
Dragon Chosen
by Kristin Secorsky
Genre: Fantasy/Epic Fantasy/Romance
 

Evalina Voll is a simple farm girl who dreams of one day becoming a dragon rider. The only problem is there hasn’t been a female dragon rider chosen in almost fifty years. One day, a rare red-and-black dragon is found injured in a meadow near her home. The events that follow propel Evalina on an adventure of a lifetime. 

Evalina finds herself far from home in King’s Citadel, training to be a dragon rider. Whispers of a dark prophecy puts Evalina and the land of Eryieth at great risk. A seer’s prophecy marked the choosing of the next female dragon rider with the return of an ancient evil to the land. Entrusted with a great secret, Evalina embarks on an adventurous quest to locate a mythical amulet that can either save or destroy Eryieth.

Frequently plagued with insomnia, Kristin stays up into the wee hours of the morning writing her novels. She earned an associate of liberal arts degree from Del Mar College, a bachelor of arts in English from Texas A&M University, and a master of education from University of Phoenix. She self-published her first three novels, The Immortal Gladiator series. Kristin grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, but now lives in Dallas, Texas, with her family and enjoys reading when she isn’t writing.
 
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Check Mate by Sheri Lyn #review

Sassy Ever After: Check Mate (Kindle Worlds Novella)
By Sheri Lyn
M/M

Tucker “Rook” Jameson is having an interesting week. First, he finds a body, then he finds his mate… the new Sheriff. Someone has decided to make the pack of Blue Creek pay, but for what is the question.

Sheriff West Graelin moved to Blue Creek for a change of pace. Instead in his first week, he meets a naked man over a dead body who tempts him beyond his ability to think straight. Now the bodies are piling up and their killer is taunting them.

It’s time to team up in more than one way. Love, lust, laughter, friendship and murder…It’s just another day in this small town.

Excerpt:

“Hello?” A strong masculine voice called out, “I was told someone was here waiting.”

“I’m here.” Rook responded as he buttoned his jeans and stepped out of the shadows of the overhanging tree.

“And you are?” The voice asked with authority ringing in every word.

Rook smiled softly. “The guy you’re looking for.”

“Excuse me?”“Name’s Tucker Jameson, but most everyone calls me Rook. You’re new around here, aren’t you?”

“I’m the new Sheriff. Are you the one who found the body?”

“You smell amazing and yes I did.”

The sheriff cocked one eyebrow and smirked slightly. “Excuse me? Did you just say I smelled good?”

“Amazing, but yeah.”

“I’m standing ten feet away from a dead body and on the opposite side as you. How can you possibly know what I smell like?”Rook laughed. “Never been round shifters I take it.”

“No, I haven’t.” The sheriff shrugged.

Author Bio:

Hi I’m Sheri Lyn. I live in Florida with the love of my life, my dog Koda a Corgi/Dwarf Chow mix. I love living here and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

I started my journey into the indie book world in January of this year. I write M/M stories and have F/F in the wings.

When I’m not writing, I’m at the evil day job where my sanity is tested on a daily basis. My sarcastic quips can provide a much-needed break until I can return home to Koda and books, my two joys.

Come visit me on Facebook. I love to meet new readers.

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Twitter – @sherilynauthor

Website – sherilynauthor.com

Collared by the Cowboy by Susan Arden

 

Collared by the Cowboy

by Susan Arden

 

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GENRE: Erotic Romance (Western)

 

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BLURB:

 

Bound and determined to break free of a small town, Mia isn’t about to let a little thing like a bondage club or a cocky cowboy stand in her way. Not when it means unearthing the truth. Undercover, she enters an elite world defined by sex, subs, and power. What can happen? It’s just for a night…

 

Out of necessity, Brandon guards his privacy. Tall, dark, and frowning–he gives Mia a run for her money when she almost blows her cover. He’s one hot piece with a very dominating streak. Think hair pulling, panty-dropping! He’s gorgeous, built, and makes her want things. Dirty, dark, and not part of Mia’s plan.

 

Brandon is down for the chase, and catches the dark-eyed beauty in a lie. The little researcher needs to be taught a lesson. Pretty with curves galore, yet it’s her smart-mouth that forces his hand. If Mia wants to learn about his club, he’ll teach her every dirty detail of what it means to surrender. To him.

 

Their raw chemistry is undeniable. Mia is more than a tantalizing and temporary diversion. She becomes the woman he can’t let go.

 

As Brandon and Mia explore falling in love, they reveal their darkest secrets. From the shadows, a stalker with a taste for revenge is just waiting for an opportunity to strike.

 

 

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Excerpt One:

 

Little Red Dress

 

Dani called from down the hall. “Did you find a pair?”

 

“Operation stiletto was a six-inch success.” Rolling onto her elbow, Mia snagged the bag and pulled out the shoebox. In a few hours, she’d hit the doors of the S & L in these unless she took a spill—

 

“Here. Knock ‘em dead.” Dani commanded her attention with an outstretched hand. Over her roommate’s finger hung a hanger, and she waved a tiny scrap of red leather in Mia’s direction.

 

“Interesting. But no.” Her brow knitted as she stared at the crisscrossing laces of the tiny corset. “When I said outfit, I was thinking something larger than a rubber band.”

 

“This dress will help you fit in.” Tutting, her roommate thrust the fetish dress into her hands. “Thank me later when you land your first job.”

 

“By chance does that job involve a street corner?”

 

“Funny,” Dani replied. “You’re stalling.”

 

“You do realize that I’m the one who’s gotta fit into this little number. Operative word: little.” Mia rose and held up the dress probably two sizes too small. “Just where am I supposed to fit my boobs?”

 

“Okay, I can see you’re going to overanalyze this into the ground.” Dani snapped her fingers. “Let’s go. Time to change. Stat.”

 

Rather than waste time arguing, she’d just try on the dress and make her point when a body part or two sprang loose.

 

 

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Susan’s sweet-n-sexy stories ignite a reader’s imagination. Her style of red-hot romance stars dirty talkin’ alpha heroes and feisty quirky women. Over several series, she crafts heartwarming fiction, filled with realistic details, and developed multicultural characters that are relatable to readers worldwide. So much, her books are international bestsellers.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Susan is married to an incredible man who puts up with a fly-by-the-seat zany wife. And why not? They write in partnership and live near Nashville. Besides writing, they’re involved in environmental engineering, have three daughters, and lots of pets. Giving back to the community is a big part of their writing and publishing, and includes funding a student robotics program, giving to We Need Diverse Books, and supporting Semper Fi to assist Marines.

 

These bestselling sexy cowboy romances, the Bad Boys series will continue to grow with more releases. To stay abreast of Bad Boys’ steamy romance happenings, stay in touch via Susan’s RED-HOT ROMANCE newsletter. Sign up for freebies, releases, and sexy cowboy news!

 

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Love and Famiglia by Lyssa Layne #Review

 

Love and Famiglia
The DiDominzio Novellas
Lyssa Layne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date of Publication: 3/13/2017
ASIN: B06VVKY7DV
Number of pages: 400
Word Count: 157,013
Cover Artist: Amanda Walker
Book Description:
Meet the DiDominzio family—fiery, loud, Italian. Francesca, Antonia, Gianna, and Carmine were raised by their strict, old school Italian father. Each sibling has their own journey but how they find their happily ever after definitely isn’t easy.
The King and the Pawn – Francesca, the baby of the family, wants nothing more than to fulfill her dream of being a fashion designer. Unfortunately, Papa DiDominzio will stop at nothing to squash her dreams and lead her toward the traditional career of the women in their family. Francesca concocts the perfect plan to bring home a man her father will hate in hopes that he’ll make a deal so she can still reach her dreams.
Not in Love – Antonia, the sexy second to youngest DiDominzio, exudes nothing but sex appeal, especially with her non-traditional blue eyes. After dating one man after another, Antonia thinks she’s finally found the man of her dreams until she realizes the one she really wants has been right in front of her since they were children.
One Day as a Lion – Gianna, the eldest DiDominzio sibling, is the only one that has followed Papa’s wishes by marrying an Italian man and working in his restaurant. While her brother and sisters suspect something isn’t right with her marriage, none of them can prove any differently. However, there is one man that will do everything in his power to save Gianna from the man she calls her husband.
Destined For You – The only male sibling, Carmine is more like a second father to his sisters than their brother. There’s only two things that are important to Carmine-his family and his club. Keeping up with his sisters and running his successful business leaves him no time to find a mate. As luck would have it, fate falls into his lap, changing his world, in more ways than one… and not necessarily for the best.
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Excerpt:
  “But, Papa, this is the opportunity of a
lifetime! Do you know how many aspiring fashion designers have the chance to
build their own line of clothing at only twenty-four?”
Desperation.
Yes, there’s definitely desperation in my voice, but there’s nothing left. I’ve
begged, I’ve pleaded, I’ve cried, but nothing has broken my father’s old-school
Italian demeanor. This is a last ditch effort to convince him to sign off on
the trust my Noni DiDominzio left for me so I can fulfill my career aspiration
of my own women’s fashion wear. My boss is moving to France and has offered me
to take over his line, giving me free reign on designs. All I have to do is
come up with three months rent and it’s mine.
“Francesca, in
nine months, the trust will be yours to do as you please. However, I suggest you
look at how your siblings used their inheritance. Their money was used to buy a
house, a car, even start a business which is how Noni intended for you children
to use it.”
I throw back my
head and let out an exasperated sigh. Lifting my head up to look at my father,
I take a deep breath, knowing that I’m walking on thin ice. My father, Andrea
DiDominzio, is Italian through and through. He’s got the full head of dark
hair, the olive skin tone, brown eyes, and the man sticks strongly to his
Italian beliefs despite the change in times. My siblings and I look exactly
like our father, except for Antonia, my middle sister, who has blue eyes.
However, we all share the loud, feisty attitudes which we’ve inherited from our
father, his father, and his father’s father. Being the baby of the bunch, I
have to fight louder than the others to be heard, but it still doesn’t mean I
get my way.
Speaking calmly,
I nod, “I would be doing the exact same as Carmine. He used his money to buy
the nightclub. I’ll be starting my career with Noni’s money. Papa, this is just
the beginning of what I can do with my skills.”
Papa leans back
in his plush leather chair on the other side of his desk, his fingers steepled
together. He’s not smiling with his lips but I can see it in his eyes.
“Francesca, you know I don’t agree with your choice of profession and I can
assure you Noni wouldn’t either. When you turn twenty-five, the money is yours
so you can do as you please then.”
“But, Papa, the
opportunity will be gone by then and I’ll be out of a job!” I stomp my foot
like a child not getting their way.
“Mia figlia, you
know that you always have a job at the restaurant which would be an excellent
place for you to meet a good Italian man to settle down with.”
He’s smirking.
The man is seriously smirking at me while he stomps all over my dreams. I’m not
even going to entertain his suggestion. Turning my back, I grab my jacket off
the chair and mutter under my breath in Italian.
 As I open the door, my father calls to me.
“Francesca, ladies don’t speak that way. I’ll see you in a few days at our
Christmas celebration weekend.

 

 With a huff, I slam the door to his office and
let out a scream. My father is infuriating but I’m not giving up on my dream.
One way or another, I will have my clothes in a show in New York Fashion Week.
Just wait, Papa, I’ll make you proud despite not having your blessing.
Love & Famiglia is a set of novellas that tell the story of the DiDominzio siblings and how they went through everything that was expected out of them in order to find their place and happiness. Let me be honest, I don’t normally read a whole series when each book talks about a different couple. Nevertheless, this one was way too tempting. I do have a think for Italian’s and their intense personalities. The first three novellas (The King and the Pawn, Not in Love and One Day as a Lion) talk about the three DiDominzio sisters. Each is unique, in her own way, and will pull you into the story from the very first page. Personally, I fell a little more related and attached to Francesca and Gianna. The first one is trying her best to accomplish her dreams even though she has her doubts about having what it takes. The latter does as her papa wishes, doing what is expected instead of finding her own happiness. I believe that a lot of women have felt this way before, therefore, making it very easy to relate to these Italian ladies. The difficulties both of them face will pull your heartstrings. 
I must warn you, though. These novellas deal with some difficult themes such as domestic abuse, violence and self-doubt, among other things. I must confess I did shout at some characters for withstanding so many hardships on their own. Nevertheless, the book has some very romantic, sweet and swoon worthy scenes that you don’t really want to miss. Now, regarding the last sister, well, she will be loved by all those that like the friends/acquaintances to lovers trope.
Another character worthy to be mentioned is the heir of the DiDominzio family, Carmine. I loved he cares so much about his family. He exudes this protective alpha male aura that will grab the female attention. Honestly, it is quite surprising that the author added the brother’s story. It is quite popular to focus in the story of the sister’s. Nonetheless, it is quite refreshing to hear the make point of view of the life in the DiDomizio family and all the expectations and responsibilities it entails. After all, who said that fairy tales, even sexy and dangerous ones, don’t always need to focus or start with a damsel in distress. 
Reviewer of Romance Authors That Rock
5 ❤

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1937173389

 
About the Author:
Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.
Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story.
Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.
Website:     http://www.lyssalayne.com/
Twitter:       https://twitter.com/layne_lyssa

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Unmasked Secrets by Brenna Linn

Unmasked Secrets
Iron Rods Strip Club Book 2
by Brenna Zinn
Genre: Erotic Romance, BDSM
 
 
 
Hannah Armstrong, the new principal of Santana High School is a complete ball buster, so Mack Garner, her drama teacher, thinks. Her cutbacks to his department’s budget will force him to scrimp on his students—something he refuses to do. The stubborn woman won’t listen to reason so he’s taking matters into his own hands. He devises a plan to secretly replenish the money that is surefire, as long as he’s not found out. By stripping under the stage name The Dom and using an ironclad disguise at Iron Rods, Austin’s only strip club for women, he and his hard body will have his program flush again and soon.
But Hannah Armstrong has secrets of her own. The rigid, by-the-rules school administrator harbors dark desires to surrender to the titillation of BDSM. She needs a man—a real man—who can melt her inhibitions and master herExploring the lifestyle is a dangerous proposition for a small town principal though. Any whiff of scandal would destroy her career. She’s nearly given up on the dream until she meets a masked Dom at Iron Rods. The gorgeous male stripper so far away in Austin seems like the perfect solution. Is there a chance she can satisfy her furtive fantasies without being discovered?
Warning – this book contains BDSM elements, graphic sex and touches of humor.

Does it get any better than male strippers?! I’m just saying… grab your copy now!

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Brenna hails from the Lone Star state where she lives with her husband and four dogs, three of which are as big as long horns.  She’s a fun-loving writer who likes nothing better than to explore while she travels (no planned excursions, please!), eat what others cook (it works out better for everyone that way), and avoid the gym whenever possible.
Her journey through life has taken her all over the United States, as well as many places throughout the world. Using her travel experience as a guide and peppering in interesting characters she’s met along the way, she loves nothing better than weaving tales of romance and leaving readers yearning for adventures of their own.
 
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CASE Revelations by Savannah Verte

C.A.S.E. Revelations
by Savannah Verte
March 7, 2017
NA Dystopian
 
 

 

Blurb:
A simple mistake brings the world to its knees with no notice or time to prepare. Young and inexperienced, first term president Baron York will have a lot to answer for when it’s finally done. If, that is, there’s anyone left to answer to.
Lessons from The Great Depression make an encore performance at the Hamilton property as they try to stay alive…and sane. Where were you when the world went dark and everything stopped?

 

 

Excerpt:
I wanted to be pissed off, that once again, I was going to be doing the lifting part, but judging by Christian’s demeanor, after his catatonic display, I kept my opinion to myself. After he was in the house and the door closed I spun on Barney. I should’ve been more careful, but my second thoughts were too late as I accused, “What the hell happened this morning?”
Barney’s single finger flashed up, and his face brooked no attitude. “Take it down a notch young lady, and I will explain.”
I paced away and back several times before I had myself under control. Nodding, I acquiesced. “Okay.”
Barney heaved a heavy sigh as he leaned on the trunk. His arms folded up at the elbows and his hands roughed his beard. “There weren’t as many people this morning as there were last night, but the people this morning didn’t have their act together. It was mass chaos everywhere we went. Getting in and getting out was an exercise in navigating a stampede. People were pushing, shoving, fighting, and there were enough weapons around to arm a small militia. Very few had vehicles that were functioning. I had challenges navigating the crowd that swarmed the car. More than one tried, but failed,” he gave me a look that clearly relayed the severity of the situation, “to take possession of the car. At one point, while Christian was still in it.”
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Awesome story telling by this author.  College students dropped into a post-apocalyptic style situation.  She gets you involved immediately and keeps you turning the page with action and a connection to the characters.  Realistic scenarios and responses make you feel like you are right there with them from page one.  

The ending was interesting.  It could easily be an opening for a series, but at the same time, it is definitely a stand alone story.  As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I gave it a full five hearts.  Good for any age, I think some of the younger teens would not only enjoy this but maybe it would open their eyes to how good we have things and how easily it could all go away.

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Author Bio:

 

A lifelong lover of words and reading, Savannah Verte hasn’t quite figured out what she wants to write when she grows up. Born and raised in the upper Midwest, Savannah’s gypsy spirit and never quit attitude keep her busy and seldom idle. For so many reasons, Savannah considers herself a ‘Contemporary Vagabond’ when it comes to writing and hopes that others find her diverse offerings as enjoyable to read as they are to write.

 

Her first release in decades, Viva Zapata & the Magic 8-Ball began the journey August 1, 2015. Her short story, What they didn’t know, was featured in the January/February BTS magazine, and she co-authored a paranormal piece, Kingdoms Fall, which came out in early 2016. Her next two solo ventures, the first two books in The Custos series -Book of Time & Book of Change also released in 2016. After that, she’ll be working on her competition piece, Chasing Daylight for Cherry Adair’s Finish the Damn Book Challenge, she has an upcoming anthology work called Immortal Alchemy, and an untitled short story for a charity anthology that is a TBA release. There is a long list of titles to come after those are done too.

 

As the primary owner and driving force behind Eclectic Bard Books she considers herself immensely fortunate to see writing from varied perspectives as she endeavors to publish the authors rostered there. Working with other writers, Savannah gets to expand her horizons every day as someone brings a new idea to the table and the brainstorming begins. There is something addictive about the creative process for her and helping other authors embrace their dreams make hers a reality daily.

 

That’s the official Savannah, the unofficial version is just a girl who loves experiencing life with every twist and turn it takes. When she was born, she had such fine, light hair that her mother used to tape bows to her head so people would know she was a girl. She’s had a host of crazy unrelated jobs- everything from cake decorator, dry cleaner, and insurance agent to Emergency Room assistant, bartender, crime lab tech and bouncer. Savannah loves air hockey but completely sucks at it. She loves good jazz, good scotch, and antiques but also old rock, a quiet tea, and a tidy home. She’s completely technology impaired and can get it after she’s broken the computer or done it ass-backwards a few times… Thank Gods that there are some amazing meme creators that let her pilfer images or she’d be lost. Lime green is her color, the rhinoceros is her logo & philosophy, and she’s completely mad about seeing new authors try.

 

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Twisted Bonds by Brandy L. Rivers

twisted-bondsTwisted Bonds by Brandy L Rivers
Others of Seattle #7
Adult Paranormal Romance
— SYNOPSIS —

Everyone’s fate is twisted in unseen bonds…

Isadora Starling is ready to say I do to Toryn Flame. Her parents are finally tying the knot in a double ceremony. This is the first time she’ll be introduced to the fae as the princess of the air and earth realms.

Lines are blurred. Friends and enemies are tied together in surprising ways. The truth becomes murky as more details are uncovered. Danger lurks around every corner as new alliances are formed.

When those she trusts go missing, Isa will have to shore up her courage and dig deep to find the answers before her happily ever after is demolished.

— NOW LIVE!
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —
Brandy L Rivers is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her two main series are Others of Edenton and Others of Seattle. She has also written a couple contemporary stories. An avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home-mother. Her secret lair, guarded by a pint-sized pound puppy who imagines himself a hellhound, contains a file full of manuscripts she plans to edit and put out with new creations she is constantly dreaming up. Living in rainy Western Washington with her husband and three kids, Brandy is already working on future stories in each of the series, and several other projects.

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Keeping Kinley by Annette K. Larsen


Keeping Kinley by Annette K. Larsen

He’s noble. She’s common. It’s complicated.
Kinley is content with her common life until a chance meeting with an old friend—a noble—brings the possibility of love. Though Rylan pursues her with a charming carelessness, she doesn’t dare hope that their relationship will be accepted. When Kinley’s livelihood is threatened, she is thrust into his world as a servant, but the Rylan she encounters there isn’t the quirky friend she thought she knew. Can she trust him, or will she be forced to accept that her dreams are only that—dreams?

Excerpt

My breath caught as soon as he said the name and my eyes searched his features, looking for the little boy I had known in the man that stood before me. “Rylan?” I breathed and he nodded, still with that familiar grin in place. “Oh…my,” was all my idiot brain could say as I took in his fine horse and his fine clothes and his fine eyes.
I probably still had pear juice on my face.
“How are you, Miss Kinley?” he asked with the same light in his eyes that he used to have whenever he would tell me about his favorite part of a lesson.
“I am…well,” I answered in a breathless sort of stuttering. “Very well, thank you. I hope all is well with you and your family. How are Lord and Lady Baylor?”
“My father runs his business affairs with an iron fist and my mother coddles the staff, so everything is as it should be.” He grinned.
“Good.” I had to ignore the grin so that I could speak. “And Master Welsley and Tayana?”
“Welsley takes life too seriously, but is ready to take over for father at a moment’s notice. Tayana is soon to be married.”
“Good, good. That’s very good.” It was so very awkward to be standing in front of this man who had befriended me as a child. How was I supposed to act?
“And what of your family?” he asked eagerly. “It was your brother, was it not? That married…”
“Princess Ariella, yes.” No one seemed to be able to say it out loud, worried that if they were wrong, I’d somehow be offended. I was used to finishing the thought.
He gave a crooked smile. “That must have been an interesting adjustment.”
I laughed, surprised at how succinct that description was. “It was a surprise and an adventure, and I really do adore her.”
“I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting her, but everyone seems to have an opinion one way or the other.”
“I can only imagine.” While most of the common folk had accepted Ella and Gavin, I knew that the nobility had not been so easily convinced when she’d stooped to marry a commoner.
He smiled, so casual, so comfortable.
I felt the need to fill the silence. His horse bobbed its head, trying to get Rylan’s attention. I pointed to him. “And who is this?”
He reached up, stroking the horse behind its ear. “This is Apollo. Say ‘Good day,’ old man.”
The horse actually nodded its head up and down. I was reminded of Herman, who I had abandoned.
“I should go.” I gestured awkwardly down the lane. “It was a pleasure seeing you.”
“Wait, can I see you tomorrow?”
My confusion made the corner of my mouth quirk up. “Why would you do that?”
“Because I’d like to speak with you again,” he said as if it was the most normal thing in the world.
“Oh, um.” He was nobility, and I was decidedly not. “I have to get Herman. My pony, he’s—” I pointed behind me as if that would explain my inability to speak coherently, then turned to walk back the way I had come.

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Author Annette K. Larsen

I was born in Utah, but migrated to Arizona, Missouri, and Virginia before settling in Idaho.
Though I dabbled in writing throughout school, being an author seemed like an unattainable dream. It took me seven years to write my first book, Just Ella. During that time, I taught myself how to write a novel. Not the most time effective method, but it gave me an education I wouldn’t have received from a class or a how-to book. Something about the struggle of writing without a formula or rules worked for me.
I write clean romance because I love it. Jane Eyre is the hero of my youth and taught me that clinging to your convictions will be hard, but will bring you more genuine happiness than giving in ever can.
I love chocolate, Into the Woods, ocean waves, my husband, and my five littles. And I love books that leave me with a sigh of contentment.

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Reign of Blood by Alexa Purdy

reignMy name is April Tate and my blood is the new gold. Vampires and hybrids have overrun my world, once vibrant with life, but now a graveyard of death shrouded in shadows. I fight to survive; I fight for my mother and brother. The journey is full of turns that I am quite unprepared for. And I’m just hoping to make it to the next Vegas sunrise…”

In a post-apocalyptic world, a viral epidemic has wiped out most of the earth’s population, leaving behind few humans but untold numbers of mutated vampires. April is a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after the outbreak. She has become a ferocious vampire killer and after her family is abducted, she goes searching for them. What she finds is a new breed of vampire, unlike any she has seen before. Unsure of whom she can trust, she discovers that her view of the world is not as black and white as she once thought, and she’s willing to bend the rules to rescue her family. But in trying to save them, she may only succeed in bringing her fragile world crashing down around her.

review

It seems like, every time I turn around, there is another dystopian or post-apocalyptic young adult or new adult novel on the market. And if it’s not that, there is yet another novel about vampires. As a result, I’ve found that many of these books become somewhat interchangeable. That is not the case with this novel. Ms. Purdy has taken the post-apocalyptic genre, tossed in vampires, seasoned it with zombie-like, “feral” vampires, wrapped it in a romance novel, and has delivered an excellent beginning to this series. Truly, the only reason I did not give the book a five rating was due to the rushed and rather abrupt ending. I’m not even entirely sure that one could say that the romance aspect of the novel is 100% HEA. But, I suppose that it is as happy an ending as one might expect in the genre. There is nothing more explicit than PG-13 in the novel, so I feel comfortable recommending this novel to fans of the Divergent novels. I do look forward to future outings in this world and hope those allow me to learn more about some of the side characters in this installment. 

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock

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In Pursuit of Paradise by Kate Randle #Giveaway #Review #goddessfish

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In Pursuit of Paradise
by Kate Randle

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Ship captain Nicholas Becket knows he needs to change his playboy ways. And when he discovers beautiful divorcee Lily Kingston at a job fair for his cruise line, he thinks he has found someone who can reform him.

Lily is looking for a change of her own but she isn’t prepared for Nick and all of his baggage. Not to mention her own scars from the recent past. Although she is fiercely attracted to the handsome and dashing millionaire, an unexpected event threatens to tear them apart forever.

Can this pair of lost souls overcome the stormy waters of life’s ups and downs in order to find their true paradise?

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She was staring at a large poster of the ship as she was walking when without warning, she crashed head on into something, no someone. During her stumble backwards, her purse and portfolio went flying, scattering her resume, notes, and other papers everywhere. A strong arm reached around her waist, steadying her.

“Oh, I’m so sorry…” Lily said as she looked up into the most beautiful piercing blue eyes she had ever seen. They were the color of a clear sparkling ocean. The arm around her waist was firm and muscular, radiating heat. She was so close to him, she could smell the spicy scent of his aftershave, and her stomach tightened with embarrassment or lust, she couldn’t tell which. She was a bit dizzy from the sudden rush of sensory input. Trying in vain to regain her composure, she tried to speak but couldn’t find her voice. Heat rose in her face, and her cheeks were no doubt bright red as they often were when she was embarrassed like she was at this moment.

“No, it’s my fault.” His voice was deep and very sexy. “I wasn’t looking where I was going. Here, let me help you pick up your papers.” He loosened his grip on her waist, and when she was standing upright again, he released her. As the tall stranger bent down and gathered her things, Lily stared, dumbfounded. This man was gorgeous and wearing some kind of naval uniform. He had short blond hair. What would it be like to run her hands through it? Could the strands be as silky soft as she imagined? She shook her head and tried to focus.

review

This book is about Lily and Nick. Lily is still getting over her divorce from six months ago, and looking for a complete change. So Lily goes to apply for a job as a bouquet manager on a cruise ship. She runs into very handsome Nick and when he asks her to dinner, she finds herself agreeing, which is very unlike herself. Nick, is a ladies’ man who is used to one night stands. He has promised his father to straighten up his act, and he is trying, but he feels Lily is worth pursuing, even though she is very different from the normal women he is attracted to. Lily agrees to spend the night with Nick, despite her misgivings, but when she awakes in the middle of the night she feels it was a huge mistake. Now can Nick win her back over with everything he has going on in his family? Will Lily get over her divorce enough to trust again, and is Nick worthy of that trust? Read and see. 

This book is great. WARNING: The book has sexual situations in the book. This is for mature readers. The characters seem to come alive very quickly. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a second time romance. This is also a great story for anyone who loves their bad boy makes good. 

I’m giving this book 5 hearts

Reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After writing more essays than she could count completing her university studies, Kate Randle decided to swap out the world of academic prose for something more exciting, romance novels.

Her contemporary books encompass many of the things she loves: the beach, the ocean and of course handsome heroes. Kate lives near Toronto, Ontario with her own handsome hero, her husband Jason and her two children. Two adorable rescue felines round out her family to keep things interesting and covered in cat hair.

In addition to her debut novel In Pursuit of Paradise which is will be released in January 2017, Kate is currently working on a new contemporary romance about an iconic Canadian rock band. For more information, please visit Kate at her website: http://www.katerandle.com.

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