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The Light of the World by Randi Black Cover Reveal


Title: The Light of the World

Author: Randi Black

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance 18+

Publication Date: June 27, 2014

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It was 1995 in the Southern California wasteland.


I was barely legal and far from innocent. I loved The Gun Club more than I loved Walter, my high school sweetheart. He was the only person who knew why I stopped singing and playing guitar after what happened to me when I was 16. But even an engagement ring couldn’t save us after what he did to me that one afternoon.


I used to worry that college would come between us, but I never thought it would happen on move-in day.


That was the day I met Franz : a tall, handsome 23-year-old ex-jock from Germany. He was so not my type, but the more I got to know him, the more I knew he was the right guy for me. And after Walter betrayed me for the last time, it was time for me to break up with him and be with Franz for good. I never thought he’d be a safe place for me to explore my darkest sexual fantasies. Nor that he’d be a kindred spirit who knew exactly what it felt like when someone ridiculed your musical aspirations.


We gonna start playing music together and be who we were meant to be. Nothing and no one was gonna stop us.


Not even Walter.


Note: This is the standalone sequel to Miss World, which was self-published in 2011, and takes place a month later.


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Randi Black has worked as a phone sex operator, cashier, writing tutor, and librarian. She holds an MFA and an MSLIS, and is responsible for the controversial debut novel, Miss World. For now, she lives in Chicago with her long-suffering partner and spoiled cat.


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Review: Legal Briefs (5 ++ STARS) by NM Silber Blog Tour




Smart and sassy lawyer, Lily Adler, has been waging an epic battle with handsome and cocky Assistant District Attorney, Adam Roth since “the glitter incident” in preschool when they were four. Their friends’ marriage, a mysterious neighbor, a federal trial, and some bossy big sisters guarantee they’ll be spending plenty of time together. When they try to learn to play nicely, will they discover that their reaction to each other is even more volatile when they aren’t fighting? Can they avoid the mobsters trying to kill them and figure out a way to be together without killing each other?



If you have not read any of NM Silber’s novels, you need to one-click her books.  NM Silber writes the most hilarious scenes in her books that I have ever read.  There has been times during all of her books that I had to stop reading in public.  This was due to me bursting out in laughter, and breaking down in tears from laughing so hard.  If you haven’t read her series yet, Legal Briefs is the third book in the Lawyers in Love series.

What I do want to say about NM Silber is that she is knowledgeable about what she writes.  NM Silber knows the law, but she also knows how to write it to where the reader feels that the author is neither boasting nor talking lower to them.  Basically, she writes so the reader can enjoy the funniness of what is happening in each case.  I am going to give you a little hint to move you towards NM Silber’s novels.  I come from a family with attorneys, and for a while I went into law.  What I can tell you from my experience, and from what I have learned from NM Silber through her books is that she has respect for the law, but she also is by far the funniest attorney that I have ever met.

Legal Briefs is Lily and Adam’s story.  While Lily has a law degree, she has decided to be a law librarian as well as write legal thrillers and erotic novels.  Lily and Adam have known each other since they were very young, and they also seemed to do things to torture each other.  Lily thinks it is because Adam hates her, and for Adam he is intrigued by her so he likes to push her buttons.

We get to see the whole gang in the story, and even a few characters from court cases throughout the series.  When I read about who Lily’s neighbors were, I really laughed hard how bad of luck she seemed to have.

Legal Briefs contains mystery, steamy romance, and friendships that can last a lifetime.  That is what I absolutely loved about Lawyers in Love series.  I don’t really know how to use the perfect words to describe Lawyers in Love expect for one word to me the surmises it all: brilliant.

I am really looking forward to reading more of NM Silber’s future novels.  I would highly recommend reading her series, and especially Legal Briefs.

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N.M. Silber is a former attorney, who survived the Philadelphia criminal court system, largely by having a sarcastic sense of humor. She used her her experiences there as a starting place to build her humorous cast of characters and sexy story lines. The novels of her Lawyers in Love series have been best sellers in Romantic Comedy on Amazon and she was voted an Amazon Reader’s Choice Best New Author for 2013. Her goal as an author is to make people laugh, swoon, blush and hide in the bathroom to read her books.



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Review: See You in Hell by Demelza Carlton Blog Tour

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Title: See You in Hell (Mel Goes to Hell #2) (4 STARS)

Author:   Demelza Carlton

Genre: Paranormal romance/ Office Satire

Publish Date:  30th April 2014

Publisher:  Lost Plot Press

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Hate your job? Try working in HELL!


Melody Angel takes a job as a temp at the HELL Corporation. Surrounded by eternal bureaucracy gone mad, demons who love making life miserable, and dying for a decent coffee, it may take a miracle for Mel’s mission to succeed. She must find out what evil plans the Lord of Lies has up his sleeve and stop him, using any means necessary. Lucifer and his minions are out to take over the world, but there’s more than money at stake when the Devil drives.


Adding trouble and temptation to Mel’s job is Luce Iblis, the damnably hot CEO, who has set his smouldering eyes on the new office angel and is determined to claim her, body and soul.


Can ultimate evil and angelic perfection escape a limbo of desire and find a paradise of their own?

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I have to say that See You in Hell is the first book I have read that is a satire about working for a company run by demons.  I have to say that at times I burst out laughing, because some of the scenes are so freaking funny.

My favorite is the mistaken alien invasion that Mel had to take notes for.  I recall I was sitting in a doctor’s office while I was reading that part, and I started laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.  My fellow readers, you as well will just absolutely be left in stitches when you find out what happens to the “alien”.

The basis of the story is about an angel named Melody who is sent to work as a temp at Hell Corporation.  She must find out if Lucifer is trying to go global.  She meets the CEO Luce, who she turns the table on when he tries to seduce her.  Melody just isn’t any angel, she is one who won’t let the job get her down.  I have to admit I wondered at times if anything was going to happen with her and Luce.

Demelza Carlton composes the plot line with both some seriousness, and moments of comedy.  The characters that play into the story all bring such fullness, that when you read of them in each scene you feel like you can start to understand them.  Mel is my favorite character, in that she treat the demon’s all with fairness.  I never once saw that she was judgmental, but what I saw was that she tried her best to fit into the job with each of them.

In July, it appears another story with Melody Angel will be coming out.  I will be on the lookout for that book as well.


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Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.

She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.

Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.

The Ocean’s Gift series is her first foray into fiction, followed by her suspense thriller Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn’t leave her alone.

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Review + Giveaway: Nash (5 + STARS) by Jay Crownover Blog Tour

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Title: Nash (Marked Men #4)

Author: Jay Crownover

Genre: New Adult/ Coming of Age

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins

Event Organized By:  Literati Author Services, Inc.


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Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down . . . and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

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I have never been disappointed in reading any of Jay Crownover’s, Marked Men series.  But I have to admit, Nash is now my favorite.  This series has been well worth the wait on each book.  Jay really knows how to make each novel as the series continued.  Never once do you feel lost starting from the last book until the next in the series.  And that ladies and gents, is quite a talent to have in writing.

I believe the reason that Nash is now my favorite Marked Men novel, is that we see the vulnerability in the group.  The fun loving posse is now changing, and the group is more in need of each other right now.  And in addition, Saint was a character that was quite unique from the rest of the gang.  She was insecure, and shy with those around her.  She never really saw the beauty in herself.  Jay has a way in allowing the reader in some format to have a connection with Saint.  Okay ladies (or even gents) how many of us have one time or another had a teenage crush on a boy (or girl) only to have our hopes dashed?

Another reason for making Nash such an outstanding novel, is that Jay Crownover touches on something that I believe really needed to be made aware of.  That is self esteem in teen/young adult, and being bullied.  In fact, I have decided that I am getting the Marked Men series for my mom’s alternative high school.  Each novel seems to highlight an issue that may effect those in adulthood, as well as acknowledge that being different is okay.  I love the fact that these men in the story do not fit the cookie cutter mold.

If you have not had the chance in reading the Marked Men series, start it out by reading Rule.  Rule is the first book in the Marked Men series.  If you have read everything up to Nash, I recommend you immediately one-click the newest novel written by Jay Crownover.


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I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that. I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. Thanks for taking the time to check my stuff out…

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Review: Lucky Numbers (5 STARS) by Kelly Gendron Release Day Event


Book Title:Lucky Numbers: TroubleMaker Book Three

Author:Kelly Gendron

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Release Date: April 29, 2014

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One locked safe, a troublemaking tattoo, and two determined people… add up to unlocked secrets and a love that just won’t stop.

Luke “Lucky” O’Conner is a committed bachelor. His motto…“Nobody’s ever getting this Lucky.” So when Kaley Harlow walks into his tattoo shop and somehow leaves with the only record of the numbers to his new safe tattooed on her sexy little hip, Lucky’s motto is threatened. If he wants to see those numbers again, he has to get close. Closer than he’s ever gotten to any woman. And he has three weeks to do it.

Kaley Harlow, a happily washed-up former child star, is out to ruin her reputation. She’s through with people looking at her like she’s still that innocent little girl in pigtails. Not to mention, her agent has just signed her up for a movie contract. But, really, all Kaley wants is to start a new life and finally go to college.

When Lucky happens into Kaley’s life for the second time, the hot, tattooed badass is exactly what she needs to sabotage her image. But this badass has a secret, one that could ruin more than just Kaley’s reputation.

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Kelly resides in a quiet suburb somewhere between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY. Her day job? Kelly works in health care representing a group of nursing facilities in the WNY area. She’s been faithfully writing for three years but did write her first book ten years ago. She put it down to raise her son as a single mom and then picked it back up when she and her son finally grew up. That’s when she settled into her newly married adult life and started to seriously write again. She’s dabbled with Romantic Suspense stories, but recently she’s been on a contemporary kick. The recipe for the men in her stories: a dash of bad boy attitude, a cup of strong and confident and, of course, besides being packed with magnificent bodies, and doused with shameless aptitudes, they must have a tender heart you want to rip out of the pages (or your e-Reader) and take to bed with you at night.


I have to admit that Lucky Number is the first novel that I have ready by Kelly Gendron.  Now to be honest, I will be going out to purchase more of her works.  I loved Lucky Numbers.

Lucky Numbers contains the sexy Luke O’Conner(aka Lucky), and one beautiful Kaley Harlow.  Kaley comes in one day to get a tattoo, and Luke is the “lucky” guy to get to mark her.  Kaley wants to rid herself of the “perfect” personification that the media has given her.  And in a moment of chaos, Lucky tats some details on Kaley’s virgin skin.  Now Lucky needs the info, but can he help Kaley rid herself of “honest Abbie”?

Now we always love the sexy tattooed man story, but don’t we also love a story that also has a great message to it?  The message I saw in Lucky Numbers was that do not allow guilt to overcome your life.  In addition, just be YOU.  And love you for who you are, not what others think you are.

For those who have not read any of Kelly’s novels, under Book Information we have details on other novels written by this great author.  Now lets see how fast this mouse can one-click.


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“Put your hand under your dress,” he said, his thumb still stroking that damn wet beer bottle like it was her clit.

Kaley turned to see if anyone was watching.

“Hey!” Lucky’s stern voice whipped her head back to him. “Look at me. Don’t worry about anyone else. I’ll warn you if someone is coming.” His feet spread her legs farther apart. “Where you’re sitting, I’m the only person who can see you. Now, do as I say, unless you want me to stop.”

His daring eyes held hers, and all discretion slipped out of her grasp. She gave him his answer by dropping her hand beneath the table.

“That’s good,” he rasped, deep and low. “Now place your hand on your thigh and slide up to the top of it. Are you there yet?”

She nodded.

“I want you to grip it hard.”

With her heart racing and wishing his hand was there instead of hers, her fingers dug into her flesh.

His eyes raping her of any reluctance, he bent forward and grunted, “Harder.”

Noting all the hot spots, the tight grip he had on the beer, his biceps and the tattoos bulging from the cut of his sleeves, his mouth that lay slightly open, Kaley squeezed tighter.

“Are you wet?”

“Yes,” she gasped, clinging tighter to her thigh. “I’m so wet.”

His tongue tapped his top lip. “Are you throbbing?”

“God, I’m aching for you,” she said, and she meant it, for she wanted nothing more than his tongue on her.

“Kaley,” he said, swaying closer, tempting her, “tell me, is your pussy mine?”

“Yes,” she breathed out. “It’s all yours.”

“Then touch what is mine.”




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Until Nico by Aurora Rose Reynolds Cover Reveal

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RELEASE DATE: June 3rd, 2014

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Sophie Grates has never had it easy, but she’s finding her way through life one step and one day at a time. That is, Until Nico comes in and flips her world upside-down. He forces her to see you cannot live life from the outside looking in, and sometimes you have to step out onto the ledge so you can really enjoy the view. Nico Mayson knew the moment he saw Sophie Grates that she was the one. His whole life, he has been judged by what’s on the outside, so finding a beautiful woman who sees the real him only makes his feelings that much stronger. Nico knows the kind of man he is, and the things he is capable of, and he will do everything in his power to help Sophie fight her demons so they can have their happily ever after. Everything in life worth having is worth fighting for.



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November is looking forward to getting to know her father and the safety of a small town. After leaving the Big Apple and her bad memories for Tennessee, November starts working for her dad at his strip club doing the books. The one time she’s allowed there during club hours she runs into Asher Mayson. He’s perfect until he opens his mouth and makes assumptions. November wants nothing to do with Asher but too bad for November, fate has other plans.


Asher Mayson has never had a problem getting a woman, that is until November. Now all he can think about is making November his and keeping her safe.


Warning 18+ sexual content and a strong Alpha Male.

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Trevor Mayson had his life planned out – make the family business successful and play the field for a few more years before eventually settling down. Then he sees her. Liz Hayes was beautiful, shy and everything that he could ever want…but she didn’t fit into his plans. After Trevor painfully rejects her, Liz finally starts to move on, but Trevor is finding it difficult to truly let her go. It seems the more he tries to stay away, the more intense his feelings for her become. Like a stretched rubber band, he can only take so much before snapping.


Liz Hayes is done waiting for Trevor and isn’t interested in getting her heart broken by him again, but Trevor is making it difficult for her to forget him when he shoves his way back into her life.


Can Trevor prove to her that he is worth falling in love with again, and is he ready to change his life plan to let her into his heart?

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When Cash Mayson was forced to choose between the love of his life and his unborn child, he knew exactly what he had to do. No matter how broken it left him.


When Lilly Donovan was forced to accept that the guy she loved wasn’t who she thought he was and became a single mother, she knew exactly what she had to do. Proving just how strong she was.

What happens when years later you find out that everything you thought you knew was a lie?


Can two people who once loved each other overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them and fall in love all over again?


Cash Mayson had forgotten how it felt to be loved Until Lilly came back into his life. And now that he remembers, he will do everything within his power to keep not only the woman that he loves, but also his children.


The power of love is a beautiful thing.


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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who’s husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She’s married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it’s beauty.







Strobe by Holly Stephens Release Day Event


Book Title: Strobe

Author: Holly Stephens

Genre: Erotica

Release Date: April 28, 2014

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Strobe, simply put, is a voyeur’s playground. A place where people can heighten their sexual awareness, play with fire, and combust all under the same roof. It’s a place where people come together and a place that can push people apart.


Sloane Renard knows sex.


She knows what the textbooks tell her. She doesn’t know her world is about to be torn upside down by one man. A man who will push her limits and force her to see herself in another light.


Lennox Coymns knows sex.


He knows how a woman likes to be touched. He knows how to make a woman scream and moan. He knows the world outside of the bedroom.


As Lennox teaches Sloane about the world of voyeurism, she learns more than how to let herself be free with sex; she learns how to confident and sexy- the kind of woman Lennox desires.


But can sex and love keep themselves separated, or will these two fall under the dark spell that is the lights of Strobe?


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Holly is a wife and mother to two of the greatest boys in the world. She’s southern, born & raised, and as you’ll find in all of her writings- so are her characters. She can’t imagine not using “y’all” in her writing.


Holly is the author of Second Rate Chances- a new adult novel released January of 2013.


When she isn’t writing she’s cheering on her husband & son in the sport of the season; whether its coaching or playing.




“Tell me, Sloane, are you curious?”

“About what? How it would feel to have another set of eyes on me while I’m in the bedroom?”

“Who says it has to be in the bedroom?”

Sloane felt her cheeks get hot. “I don’t play outside of the bedroom,” she said in a stern tone.

“Then you’re not playing.” Lennox quipped. “I have to wonder, are you even playing in the bedroom?”

“This is not the kind of conversation to have with someone you just met.”

“Are you a virgin, Sloane?”




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Review: Salvation (5++ STARS) by Noelle Adams Blog Tour + Excerpt

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Title: Salvation  (5++ STARS)

Author: Noelle Adams

Release Date: February 21, 2014

Genre: Adult/New Adult Contemporary Romance







You get to the point where you can just say it. There was never anything special about me, except my father is rich and important. That’s why it happened.

It was just a normal Tuesday afternoon.

I was twenty-three and thinking about my new designer boots. They kidnapped me for ransom. They raped me before I was rescued. My therapist says that talking about it means I’m starting to heal.

I don’t really think I am.

It’s even harder to talk about Gideon. He couldn’t save me when it really mattered, so he keeps trying to save me now. He refuses to give up on me, and I can’t make him understand. There are some things you just can’t be saved from.

Warning: Salvation is a love story that follows a difficult path of healing after sexual assault. It is a true contemporary romance, but it addresses very hard issues, including rape and attempted suicide. Please consider whether this book is for you.

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Salvation is a story that will literally knock you off you feet.  It is full is heartbreak, but yet there is a ray of hope mixed in with it.  After reading Salvation, you will be left pondering the facts of the book for days to come.  Noelle Adams really knows how to show compassion in a subject matter that would be hard for anyone to write about.  Noelle Adams write this story for anyone who has survived such harshness of being raped.

The story begins where a young Diana is kidnapped, and taken hostage for probably her fathers actions with the Albanian mafia group.  Lets just say that Diana’s father would never win the father of the year award.  When Diana is placed in a row house she meets one man named Gideon.  He is also being help as well.  Gideon tries to protect her, but he is unable to.  Diana is horrifically gang raped.

Gideon and Diana has a unique tie to each other.  One that hurts, but also heals.  Will Gideon be able to be the one to save Diana, or will he further in her destruction with the memories of a bad time?

I absolutely loved Gideon.  Diana needed someone on her side when her father was such a creep.  Gideon was so patient, kind, and loving.  He was also her loyal giant warrior.  When Diana needed pushed, Gideon pushed.  And when kindness was needed, Gideon was the upmost caring and loving towards her.

Salvation is more than just about rape.  The story encompasses recovery, compassion, and hope for a better day.  I truly suggest readers take a chance upon Salvation.  For me it is a story I will never forget.



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The voices were even louder now. Right outside the door. I buried my face in his shirt and tried to drown them out.

Something banged into the door, and I smothered a squeal in his chest.

Then Gideon was moving my head, raising my face to look up at him. His voice was low and rough and urgent. “Diana, try not to panic. You need to listen to me.”

I was shaking so helplessly I couldn’t see, I couldn’t think.

He held my shoulders and said, still roughly but with clearer authority. “Diana, look at me. Listen to me right now.”

I managed to control myself enough to meet his eyes. There was no way I could say anything.

“They’re not allowed to kill either one of us yet, and that can help us. There are some things they won’t be able to do.”

I gave a jerky nod, mostly to prove that I’d heard the words.

“If they come in here, you stay behind me. No matter what happens, you stay behind me.” He was holding my eyes with an intensity I’d never seen before, I’d never felt before. “Tell me you understand that.”

“I…I do.”

He lifted his hands from my shoulders to my face. It wasn’t a caress. It was more like a desperate attempt to force his words into my head. “If something happens…” he murmured urgently, his eyes searching my face. “If something happens, and I can’t stop it, don’t try to fight them. Your instinct will be to struggle, but try not to do it. There are way too many of them. There’s no way you’ll be able to get away. And a couple of them out there will want you to fight. They’ll want it, so they can hurt you more. You can’t give them what they want. Tell me you understand.”

Just a little while ago, the world had been cold and scary, but still with some sense of purpose and hope. Now it had turned into a dark, bottomless pit of horrors, of demons. I just stared, blinded by the shock of it.

“Diana, tell me you understand.”

“I do,” I choked. The voices were still loud, and there was another bang on the door.




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Review: In Chains by Michelle Abbott Blog Tour




Their love was forbidden and doomed to failure.

A romance set in a world where slavery is government run and slaves are fitted with microchips.

Savannah, fleeing a turbulent relationship, seeks solace at her brother’s country farmhouse. It’s there that she meets Kayden; her brother’s slave who’s considered less than human. These two damaged souls form an unbreakable bond, one that’s about to be tested, because Kayden is her brother’s property and he will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

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In Chains, written by Michelle Abbott, is a book with quite a few unique twists to it.  I can say that I have not read a story quite like this before.

Savannah leaves an abuse relationship to go live with her brother, Simon.  Upon her arrival she meets Kayden, Simon’s slave.  There is an attraction between them that they both can’t fight, but at what cost will it be to have a relationship?

In the society that Savannah lived in, slaves were actually considered not human.  They have a microchip that is kind of like a GPS locator.  It also can shock them for certain responses.

The plot line is evenly paced.  And you absolutely have no idea what is going to happen until the last page.  That makes for quite an intriguing read.

I enjoyed how Michelle defined the main characters.  Kayden’s character pushed past what you initially would think about how Savannah’s society saw slaves.  Savannah was unlike most people in her world, in that she saw the humanity of Kayden and his friends.  Savannah questioned the immorality of “owning” someone, as well as being separated from a family because of what society has deemed you to be.  Savannah showed compassion in a compassionless world.

There is a second book that is released that will be the continuation of Savannah and Kayden.  I think that you will like it as much as In Chains.



We’re in the corner of a large field. A rusty old caravan rests on bricks, there’s cardboard where a window should be, the glass must have got smashed I guess. In front of the caravan is a large bonfire and from the light of the flames I can make out two men and a woman sitting around it.

The woman stands up and runs towards us. Even dressed in rags she’s beautiful. Curvy, with long legs and a tiny little waist, long ebony curls tumble down her back. She flings her arms around Kayden and he lifts her off her feet and spins her around, then smiles down at her.

Oh I’m so stupid. I thought he liked me but she’s obviously his girlfriend. If she isn’t I can see he wants her to be. Why did I come here? I should have gone to the movies. Turning around I start to walk back the way we came. He’s too busy talking to her; he won’t even notice I’m gone. I don’t know how I’m going to get home in the dark, I’m going to get lost and Simon will have to send out a search party, they probably won’t find me until morning. My eyes fill with tears as I stumble blindly. I hear footsteps behind me and then Kayden is in front of me, his hands on my shoulders. “Where you going Savannah?”

“Home. Enjoy the picnic.”

“What’s wrong? What have I done? I’m sorry.”

Ugh, I don’t want to tell him. I’m too ashamed to admit that I thought he liked me. Maybe I can pretend I’m not feeling well but then he’ll have to walk me back and I’ll know that he’ll wish he could’ve stayed here with her. That’ll make me feel even more stupid. I’ve got no choice, I’m going to have to put a brave face on this. It’ll only be for a couple of hours, then I can go home and cry. I’ll avoid Kayden after tonight. “I’m fine.” I put on my best fake smile. “I thought I’d left something at home but now I remember it’s in the bag.”

He puts his arm around my shoulder and we walk back over to the others. This is the last time I’ll ever feel his hands on me. Maybe I should be making the most of it, but I can’t. We sit down around the fire with them. They’re looking at me but no one is saying a word. Finally Kayden speaks. “This is Savannah. She’s my owner’s sister.”

The beautiful one looks at him, her eyes wide. “You call her by her name Kade?” Oh they are so definitely dating. She’s shortened his name; I can never call him that now. She obviously thinks we’ve got close. So did I. We’re both wrong.

“She told me to call her that.”

I close my eyes. I don’t want to hear anymore. He was obviously happy calling me Miss and keeping his distance. I should have left things as they were. I should never have asked for his help with the eggs. Should’ve, would’ve could’ve. I tune out the rest of their conversation and look around at my companions. The guy sitting opposite looks a couple of years younger than me. He has the same blue and brown eyes and dark hair as Kayden but this guy’s hair is longer, wavy and flopping into his eyes. He notices me looking at him. “The names Trent. Nice to meet you Miss.”

I’m about to tell him to call me Savannah but I made that mistake with Kayden, so I keep my mouth shut. “Nice to meet you too.”

I look to the other guy. He’s about my age. He’s shirtless and lean and toned like Kayden. His hair is shaved close to his scalp but what distinguishes him the most are the scars and bruises all over his face and body and the thick metal collar around his neck. There are scars on his arms that look like someone has carved letters into his skin with a knife. Looking closer I see they are in fact letters. FUK on his bicep and U on his forearm, is it supposed to be ‘fuck you’. I quickly close my mouth, suddenly aware that I’ve been gawping at him. He’s glaring at me. His eyes are hard and glacial. Nervous, I turn towards a friendlier face, Trent’s.

He’s pouring liquid from a plastic bottle into some tin mugs and he hands one to me. Putting it to my lips, my eyes water, it smells like paint stripper. I can’t get past the smell to be able to drink the contents. “What is this?”

Trent sniggers. “It’s home-made potato wine Miss. It’s ninety percent proof, so go easy.”

Everyone else is drinking it, so I hold my nose and take a mouthful of the foul smelling liquid. Oh God, my throat is on fire! Coughing and spluttering I can feel Kayden rubbing my back. “It takes some getting used to Savannah.”

I take another mouthful, not looking at him. I’m in the mood to get drunk. His hand still rests on my back. What’s his game? Is he using me to make his girlfriend jealous? Now I’m being ridiculous, I couldn’t make her jealous if I tried. I guess the alcohol has given me confidence and I tell him to take his hand off my back. He does but now he’s frowning at me.

“I’ve brought some food.” I open the cool bag. “There’s eggs, crisps, peanut butter sandwiches and muffins. Help yourselves.”

Kayden leans towards me. “Thank you,” he says softly.

I just nod. I’m still not looking at him but I can feel his eyes burning into the side of my face. Trent and the beauty queen dive into the food. The guy with the collar just looks at it, he seems pissed off. Kayden isn’t eating anything either. I had no intention of having any, I can get food anytime.

Kayden leans in towards me again. “The girl’s name is Kaci and-”

I don’t let him finish. Standing up I walk away from the fire and light a cigarette. I don’t want to know her damn name. Kaci and Kayden, even their names are perfect for each other. Pinching the bridge of my nose I want to go back home more than ever. I finish smoking, put out my cigarette and walk back over to them.

Kayden is hanging his head, his shoulders are slumped and he’s picking at his fingers. Then I spot the source of his misery. Kaci is sitting on the lap of the guy with the collar, feeding him egg. Unrequited love. I know how that feels. I should be glad that she’s not his girlfriend but watching him mope over her is actually worse. Trent has disappeared.

I turn the radio on, I need a distraction. The DJ announces it’s the love hour. Oh great! Kayden raises his head. “Will you dance with me Savannah?” An hour ago I would have jumped at the chance, but not now. He only wants to dance with me because he can’t have Kaci. I shake my head. His eyes drop to his hands and he resumes picking at his fingers.

Trent returns with another plastic bottle full of hooch. I hold my mug out to him for a top up. Kaci is now snogging her boyfriend, Kayden is still moping over her and I don’t want to watch this anymore. I mouth to Trent, “Do you want to dance?”

He nods his head and grins as he takes my hand. Kayden’s head snaps up and I hear him gasp as Trent and I start moving to the music. I can feel tears pricking at my eyes but I’m not going to make a fool of myself by crying in front of him. I lose myself in the music, the hooch is certainly helping, I’m beginning to feel better and am starting to enjoy myself. The song ends but I don’t want to stop, so I keep swaying with Trent till the next song begins. I’m not in the mood for conversation but he starts talking and I can’t ignore him. “Thanks for the food Miss.”

“You’re welcome.”

“I hope Clay didn’t upset you Miss. It’s not you, he doesn’t like any humans.”

“Is Clay the guy with the collar,” I whisper. He nods and I glance across at Clay. He’s wrapped himself around Kaci and he’s actually smiling.

The song ends and I bend down to pick up my mug of hooch. I’m still holding Trent with my other hand; I’m not ready to stop dancing yet. I take a big gulp of the hooch and put my arms around Trent as the next song begins.

“TRENT!” We both jump and look towards Kayden who is now standing up, his fists clenched and glaring murderously at Trent. He snarls at him, “Trent, sit the fuck down.”

Trent looks at me. “I’d better not dance with you because…,” he nods towards Kayden.

Sitting down I knock back the remainder of my hooch. I should be feeling drunk. I wish I were, but I’m not. Trent throws more logs on the fire. He doesn’t seem bothered by the way Kayden spoke to him. He’s laughing and joking with Clay. Kayden is staring into the fire, his face sullen.


About the Author

Michelle Abbott lives in the UK and hates describing herself in 3rd person. She’s a self-published author of new adult romance, and likes to write about heroes who begin as the underdog and are protective of their girl. She’s an avid reader of romance, is addicted to coffee and loves wine and chocolate, so yeah, not the most healthy eating and drinking habits 🙂 She spends way too much time online when she should be writing. She collects teddy bears and occasionally knits a couple of rows on a sweater she started years ago, which she may eventually finish in time to wear for her funeral 🙂

Taking Chances by Ariadne Wayne Release Blitz


Taking Chances – Release Blitz
By Ariadne Wayne
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: April 27, 2014

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Lauren and Mark Burrows lost their parents in a car accident one night. Despite their father being the drunk driver, both struggle with the urge to turn to drink; Lauren most of all. When all they have is each other, Lauren feels lost when Mark falls in love with Cassie Warren and moves out.
Ethan Stone has been alone since his divorce. His ex-wife took him for everything, and he has felt empty for a long time. He’s not looking for love, but Lauren brings him back to life. The question is whether she can fight her demons for the man she loves, and if Ethan can handle the wild ride that is life with Lauren.

With Ethan’s arm around her shoulders, Lauren nestled up close, nuzzling his cheek.
“I did want to watch this, Lauren. You’ll distract me.”
“That’s the idea.”
He grinned. “I am trying not to make our relationship just about sex.”
“I know. I’m happy right here, but I’m still trying to distract you.”
Ethan laughed. “You’re so naughty.”
“Always.” She rolled her eyes. “As if I would be anything else.”
He kissed her lips softly. “Is that better?”
“Getting there.”
“If I keep kissing you, I’m not going to want to stop.” He said, in an attempt to look serious.
“That’s what I’m counting on.”
Ethan kissed her on the nose. “That’s all you’re getting until the movie is finished.”
“Spoil sport.”
She rested her head on his shoulder. Moving his hand down from her shoulder to rub her arm, he shared a smile before snuggling up again.
“I know I tease, but I do like this,” she said.
“So do I. You know, it’s been so long since I was this close to anyone. Just to have you here and in my arms is the best feeling.”
“I’m glad, Ethan. I’ve been looking forward to being here with you, even if it is only for a few days.”
“We’ll have to make the most of it. Spend every second we can together.”
He leaned back to look at her. What this beautiful woman saw in him, he didn’t know. Her long blonde hair hung in curls around her shoulders, and she had those gorgeous brown eyes that just sucked you in. The type you just want to look into forever.
She smiled, and his stomach plunged through the floor. There was so much to her that no-one else could ever know about. How anyone had never worked that out was a mystery, but Ethan saw it.
The depth of Lauren’s feeling in return was obvious. Looking at her, really looking at her, her emotions were written all over her face.
“How can no-one have claimed you before,” he said, softly.
She blushed, colour flooding her cheeks. The look on her face made his heart race at the thought she was his.
“Ethan,” she whispered.
Ariadne Wayne
Ariadne Wayne loves books and lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and two children. Having always had a prolific imagination she now writes the words down instead of storing them in her head where she can’t share them.
When she’s not writing she works in Telecommunications, frequently banging her head on the desk with the random things that can happen to the ordinary phone line.

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