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Tattooed Hearts by Mika Jolie Cover Reveal @MikaJolie1

Tattoed Hearts CoverTitle: Tattooed Hearts (Martha’s Way, #3)

Author: Mika Jolie

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 29, 2015

Cover Design: Taria Reed, The Reed Files

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25610574-tattooed-hearts

 

Synopsis

Being someone first love is unforgettable. Being their last is immeasurable.

Claire Peters should be on top of the world. She owns the radio waves and has a budding movie career. But her heart longs to be rooted. Ten years ago, she fled Martha’s Vineyard to pursue her dream and to make something of herself. But there’s still a void. After a decade of running, she returns to the island hoping to find her happiness with the man she’s loved all her life.

When a tragic event shatters Dr. Forrest Desvareaux’ well-balance world, the Vineyard’s hometown good guy discovers everything in his life is based on lies. Angry and betrayed, he turns to Claire – the one woman who has indelibly marked him.

Is it possible to run back to the person who broke you? Forever linked, Forrest and Claire are an unending continuum. But she’s a wildflower and Forrest’s roots run deep on the Vineyard. Can they accept home is not a place but a feeling?

Tattooed Hearts is book 3 of the Martha’s Way series

 

Excerpt

She knocked on the door and waited. Nothing.

She knocked again, a little firmer this time. Still nothing.

Claire reached in her purse and grabbed her phone. Damn, no freaking signal. Another perk of living on the island. Phone signals were capricious. She turned on her heels to the back of the house where she knew he kept the emergency key, then headed back to the front. The night wind penetrated the wool coat with absurd ease, making her shiver. She drew her shawl around herself more tightly to keep out the cold as she fumbled with the key.

The door slowly creaked open; she stepped inside and was greeted by a muted house, which was not typical of Forrest. She headed down the hall, the click of her heels amplified with each step on the wooden floor. She entered the family room. In here, ESPN always blared in the background. Tonight, there was nothing but an eerie, hollow silence.

A bad feeling slithered up the back of her neck.

She dug in her purse for her phone again. One finger dragged along the screen, it lit up. Still no signal. A knot of fear twisted in her gut.

“Claire.”

The sound of Forrest’s voice, infused with a question mark, caused her heart to jump and fill with joy, relief. She whipped around and faced the main reason she came back to Martha’s Vineyard.

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About The Author

MikaAuthor of contemporary sensual, empowered romance, with fun relatable characters. Member of Secret Cravings Publishing. I live in New Jersey with what I often refer to as my Happy Chaos or my three men, which comprise of my husband and our two energizer bunnies. When I do have time to breathe, I like to run, hike with my camera at hand, and work on my gardening and knitting skills.

For latest news on my current WIP, interviews with fellow authors, or just to see what I’m up to, check out my blog: http://mikajolie.com/ While there, sign up for my newsletter for latest news and giveaways. No spamming.

 

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Email: Mikajolie2@gmail.com

 

 

The Martha’s Way Series

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The Scale (Martha’s Way, #1)

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Need You now

Need You Now (Martha’s Way, #2)

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Sale: The Cactus Creek Series by Violet Duke

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The Cactus Creek series got a small face lift!! To celebrate author Violet Duke has put the entire series on SALE for this week only!  75% off (99 CENTS ea.) all 4 books. This is the first sale for Books 2 & 4 so grab ’em while you can!

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Beautiful Collision by Toni Vallan Review Tour @tonivallan

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23594505-beautiful-collision

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Collision-Desperation-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00QQEK8XI/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Release Date: May 27th 2015

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BLURB:
Eighteen year old Gray McAllister is on the run. Leaving her dangerous past behind her is easier said than done, even when she finds herself at last able to forge a new life.

But then the planets align and Gray finds herself bumping into super-hot Thane Blackwell. Drooling over him from afar is safe but that’s only until she is forced to look after Thane while he recovers from surgery.

Being holed up in her apartment is a bad, bad idea. Can Gray control the fire that Thane seems to light inside her, or will she give in to her deepest desires. Can Thane achieve his goal without hurting Gray in the process?

The stakes are impossibly high, but love and lies don’t play nice with each other. Will Gray’s past catch up with her first? Or will Thane’s own secrets explode and tear them apart?
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Review:

Beautiful Collision is action packed and quite filled with thrilling adventure.  What more can you want than to mix a hot alpha with a beautiful damsel in distress.  That is the definition of Beautiful Collision.  Take a journey of a lifetime and enter the world of murder kidnapping, and Russian crime.  You will not be disappointed with Toni’s latest work.

Besides all the action, the best part of Beautiful Collision is the characters.  The villains are definitely people that you absolutely hate from beginning to end.  Toni has created such detail that you can sense the darkness in these people.  Contrasting this is the hero and heroine that are ones readers can not only understand but can love and enjoy reading about.  The great part of the story is that you get to read multiple point-of-views in the book.  This just adds more depth to the characters as well as the plot line.

Beautiful Collision offers a little bit for everyone.  There is suspense, crime, action, and powerful passion.  You will definitely not be bored at all during the time spent reading.  The story line is extremely explosive and will many times leave you on the edge of your seat.  It is easy to lose yourself in the words of this romantic suspense.  To me, that makes a great novel.

I highly recommend Beautiful Collision for readers who like a mixture of genres as well as ones that enjoy reading of a strong hero and heroine.

Happy reading!!

Meet The Author:

Author.AvatarToni Vallan is the author of two contemporary titles in the contemporary suspense series DESPERATION, and her ongoing Thriller line. Toni loves the dark side of the soul, and studied to become a neuropsychologist. A career path taken over by her first love – writing.

Toni lives in the land of the Hobbits, and secretly wants a Hobbit house, although her husband and two daughters may not agree.

www.tonivallan.com

Email: tonivallan@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ToniVallan

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Review: Callen by Kemmie Michaels Release Blitz @KemmieM

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Author: Kemmie Michaels

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Synopsis

Violence shaped Callen Reed’s childhood. Special Forces forged his adulthood. When the woman he loves is murdered, revenge should be both simple and necessary. Love, however, opened his heart once, and may also have the potential to save him from the darkness of his grief.

The world lays both love and revenge at his feet. His choice, his consequences.

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Review:

Callen is my favorite of the Second Chances series.  I feel that Kemmie Michaels really refined her writing in this newest novel of hers.  I loved the message that Kemmie provides readers as well as being able to enjoy characters that are more easy to relate to.  Callen is about acceptance.  That is what stood out most to me.  Part of Callen deals with acceptance of losing someone as well as being accepting of a person we care about.

Callen was introduced in the novel Mason.  Now we get to read about  his heartbreaking story.  Callen starts the story off with him working at a local prison as a contractor to improve efficiency in the system.  There he meets a prison psychologist that turns his life upside down.  Little does she know that Callen has motivation and plans for which she is a part of.  He is bound for revenge and this lovely lady holds a part of his mission.  This begs the question of how much is revenge worth?  Is it worth risking love or living alone forever?

I liked the characters much better in Callen.  For me, I was able to relate more easily to Callen and the heroine.  We still get to see characters from previous books, but their role is played more in supporting Callen’s character.  Shelby is the character I am extremely interested in reading more about.  I am going to let you read about why, but I think you will be saddened just as much as I am by her role that she played in Callen.  i suggest that you read previous book before reading Callen.  That will help you understand how the other characters came to be.  Having read up to Callen, I understood more of the plot as well as how each character interacted with each other.

I give Callen a solid 4 star rating.  I really feel that Kemmie’s writing improved in this book as well as the characters were just more easy to get to know better.

Enjoy Callen and get to reading.  The next story is coming out soon.

Happy Reading!!!

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About The Author

NewProfilePic copyMother of Two Boys…

My husband and I have been married for 17 years and are blessed with two amazing young men. They are 10 and 12 right now, and both are on very different parts of the autism spectrum. I’ve learned so much being their mom and I feel pretty lucky to have become part of a community of loving, understanding people.
If you’d like to meet my oldest son, watch Big Bang Theory and shake hands with Sheldon. Those two are so similar, straight down to the fake laugh when they recognize something is funny.

My youngest cannot be explained. He’s more of an experience, and a joyful one at that.

Romance Novelist…

I’ve always loved to write. I’ve written for newspapers and magazines, also a host of personal projects. Then in December of 2012 I was reading on my first Kindle, gobbling up romances left and right. That’s when I fell in love with Ethan Blackstone, by the way.

I was inspired to sit down and write. Less than one year later I’ve published three books, written another and its sequel novella, and started on two more. Another series popped into my head, as well. Now as of August of 2014, I’m on the verge of publishing book six, with at least five started or specifically planned. Since I’m sure I won’t update this bio for a long time, you’ll have to rely on my Facebook updates to know what’s going on with Kemmie Michaels romances. You can also subscribe to my newsletterfor releases, covers, sales, and other news.

…and I LOVE coffee.

 

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Salvation by Ahren Sanders Cover Reveal

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Her innocence is masked with vulnerability. Until her walls crumble…

Undeniable Desire

His world is full of despair. Until he finds her light…

Unyielding Chemistry

Falling in love seemed to heal them both. Until their haunting pasts threatens to destroy…

Unrelenting protection

Robbie Hayes’s life changed the day a horrific accident shook his foundation. He’s resolved to regain control. While the physical wounds have healed, the emotional scars remain.

Will he ever be able to outrun the memories? Can she be his salvation?

Ember Walker’s life hasn’t been easy. Fleeing from a world filled with hatred gives her a fresh start, one she desperately craved. Now, she’s stronger, but guilt and insecurities still plague her.

Will she ever be able to outrun her memories? Can he be her salvation?

 

The Series

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About the Author

Ahren spent her formative years living in an active volcano. There her family made collectible lava art. She studied rock collecting at the Sorbonne in France. There she met the love of her life-her pet pig Sybil. She returned to the states and started writing. She is happily married to a guy who used to live under a bridge and she met while pole-dancing. They have one amazing daughter.
Now, meet the real me. I grew up in the south and consider myself a true “Southerner”. Most of the special locations mentioned in my books are reflections of my favorite places. Living on the Florida coast, my family spends a lot time at the beach which is where I usually can be found with a book in my hand. I started writing my Surrender Series, in the spring of 2013 and have received incredible support from the Indie community. Throughout this year, I have been privileged to meet some amazing people that I am thankful to have in my life.

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Summer Fire: Love When It’s Hot Collection Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

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Genre: Contemporary Romance Anthology

Release Date: May 26th, 2015

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21 ALL NEW Contemporary Romance stories by New York Times, USA Today, and National Bestselling authors.

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So loosen your buttons, turn the fan to oscillate and join us for this steamy, groundbreaking bundle of summer tales that are hot hot hot.

 

 

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Gennita Low

Sizzle

Spies, Lola and Jake, fall hard for each other. Is their love strong enough for one assignment that would risk everything?

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R.J. Lewis

Sinful

Two different people from two different worlds find their lives colliding in the most sinful way.

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  1. Wilder

Summer Storm

VP Guardrail’s life has always been his MC club. It’s up to him to fix a wrong, but he wasn’t expecting Allie to take him by storm.

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Victoria Danann

A Season in Gemini

The first time sexy biker, Brant Fornight, saw Garland St. Germaine, he knew she was going to turn him inside out. And she did.

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Kym Grosso

Solstice Burn

Love and temptation flare in a tropical paradise. When Chase rescues Penny, she learns to embrace her inner fantasies.

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Cat Miller

Sun Burnt

Kesslyn inherits a ranch, but the city girl is unsure she’s up for the challenge. Can her sexy foreman rope her into staying forever?

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Mimi Barbour

Big Girls Don’t Cry

He’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man. And she’s nothing like the girl she wants to be. Something’s gotta change…

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Clarissa Wild

Killer

Secrets could kill you. He murdered her husband. She’s the prime suspect seeking justice. Only one of them can win.

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Teresa Gabelman

Rodeo Romance

Jake McCabe had one rule. Never date a client. Trisha Summers had a new rule. Never date a man again. Rules were meant to be broken.

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Helen Scott Taylor

Irish Kisses

Ten years ago he said he loved her, then he left and broke her heart. Now he’s back, and he wants her again, but can she trust him?

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Victoria James

Sweet Surrender

Cade showing up on her doorstep is not what Julia wants-but this bad-boy is back and ready to convince her that this time is forever…

Author Amazon Link:

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Mona Risk

Husband for a Week

A Sicilian vendetta, a fake husband, and a matchmaking grandmother complicate Jonathan and Isabella’s lives. Can love conquer all?

Author Amazon Link:

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Patrice Wilton

A Man for Hire

Jordon’s ex-boyfriend is bringing home a bride. To save face she hires a hot guy for the weekend. Sparks fly–can this be love?

Author Amazon Link:

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Linda Barlow

My Mile-High Mistake

Six years ago, she yearned for her sexy, forbidden high school teacher. Now she can’t resist his temptation at 35,000 feet.

Author Amazon Link:

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Joan Reeves

Heat Lightning

Her husband found her, claimed her, rescued her. His touch makes her throb. Her body knows him, but she remembers nothing about him.

Author Amazon Link:

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Danielle Jamie

Tan Lines and Salty Kisses

Becca and Parker have a second chance at summer romance. The spark is hotter than a Georgia July. Can it withstand news of his secret?

Author Amazon Link:

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Terri Marie

Someone Exactly Like You

Cameron Barron’s plan was solid. A few lies, a disguise, and an apology to Chastity Newberry… What could possibly go wrong?

Author Amazon Link:

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Lorhainne Eckhart

His Promise

A love they thought would last forever. A promise forgotten. Until one summer night.

Author Amazon Link:

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Brandy L Rivers

Summer Rhythm

Doug never could resist Chloe. She always runs. Will this time be different or is their summer rhythm destined to repeat.

Author Amazon Link:

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Nicole Blanchard

Anchor

I thought it was a weekend from hell, until he showed me a little piece of heaven.

Author Amazon Link:

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Review + Giveaway: Unlike Any Other & Unsurprisingly Complicated by Claudia Burgoa Blog Tour @YuriBeans

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Unlike Any Other

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The name AJ Colthurst may not have any meaning to the public eye, but it should, as I’m the daughter of two famous celebrities. Like any superstar, they crave privacy; so much of it, they built a house in the middle of nowhere for us children. As we grew older, we discovered the lies they built as a fort to protect us from the media, ended up causing emotional damage along the way.

I carry a portion of the guilt on my shoulders; the other part I discovered is the separation of my parents. Their unorthodox ways may have driven me bonkers, but knowing they are no longer together is unacceptable.

That’s why I decided to rattle their cage by reminding at least one of my parents of the past and the reason they belong together. They need to remember why their love is so perfect and why they have to fight to keep it alive. Even if it means I have to dredge up some of my own painful memories along the way.

Gabe

Back in the early eighties, I set myself to succeed in the financial world. The first step had been moving to New York City to become a stockbroker, but things didn’t work out the way I had hoped. Instead, I ended up making movies and by the end of the decade, Gabe Colt had become a famous name. The downside to my career of choice: the paparazzi. In order to protect my family and our privacy, I maintained my family away from the circus. It had been for their own good; a decision we had made before we started our family.

However, those past decisions ended up chasing my entire family away and now I’m trying to put the pieces back together along with my little girl.

4starsReview:

Unlike  Any Other is ability forgiveness, family, honesty, and being true to who you are.  A family is in crisis as the parents lies cause hurt to all the kids involved.  Unlike Any Other carries a message to readers as well as the ability to show two people who are really meant for each other.

A.J. is known as the family princess, but her life has been no fairy tale.  The lies that her parents held to hide the kids has hurt her so much that she lost a part of her identity.  Her father, Gabe, is looking for fortune and fame and forget that his little girl needed her dad not a Hollywood star.  Now it is time for the family to join together to reunite as one.  Can Gabe pick up the pieces that AJ’s life is in?

My favorite part of the story deals with the messages that are conveyed to the readers. For Gabe, being an actor was a dream come true.  Now he was in a fork in the road deciding which path to take, family or Hollywood name.

The characters are another highlight of this series.  The kids were similar in many ways but opposites in uniqueness of their personality traits.  AJ’s brothers were so protective that at times I laughed so hard at their antics.  No one was good enough for their sister.  Out of all of the kids AJ was the one hit most by the parent’s lies.  AJ also lost herself in a relationship that ended up causing her to lose a piece of herself.  In Unlike Any Other, we get to read about AJ picking up her life with the support of her friends and family.  There were many hurdles for the family, but with love any mountain can be climbed.

The next story is a continuation of AJ’s story with Mason.  Check out the review below.  I recommend this series for readers who enjoy stories of love in a family, finding your true mate.  and reuniting the passion in a relationship.

Happy Reading!!

 

Unsurprisingly Complicated

AJ

The lies between my parents and I came to light and now I’m working on a new life for myself. Along the way, I have my trusty superhero, Mason, to lean on when I have a hard time standing or when my crazy ex-boyfriend continues to feel he has a claim on me.

Porter has trouble understanding that there hasn’t been an ‘us’ for more than three years plus all the issues he had brought upon himself. My father was right, drugs do kill. My other concern is the growing feelings I am having regarding Mason. There’s something between us I want to explore but I keep getting mixed signals. Here, I thought that after telling my parents about my lies and having their full support, things wouldn’t be as complicated as they are.

Mason

My parents divorced before I even made my entrance into this world. My father has been obsessed with that love for years while my mother searches for love in all the wrong places. I don’t want a place to call home or a girl I can claim as mine. Except… Ainsley Janine –better known as ‘Nine’—has some special power that makes me question my preferences. The more I try to stay away from her, the more she pulls me closer.

Exploring the possibilities of having something steady in my life isn’t a problem; it’s the long term that worries me. In addition to that, the scumbag she dated years ago keeps popping up everywhere we go. If I could use my license to kill, maybe I can stop worrying about one thing and concentrate on what to do with the green eyed girl who keeps me awake most nights.

 

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Unsurprisingly Complicated is Aj and Mason’s story.  What a swoon-worthy story it is.  If you love Unlike Any Other than you will definitely love this new addition to the series.  Readers will experience the passion, enjoy the tidal waves, and learn the meaning of love between two most deserving people.  At the end of story, you will be left smiling and dreaming of sexy alpha males that have the tendency to rescue the heroine in the story.

Mason has been the best friend to AJ.  When ever AJ needed Mason he was always there to protect her.  This brought them closer, and now AJ wants more.  Mason, unfortunately, is stuck living in the demise of his parent’s marriage.  Mason doesn’t want complicated, and that is exactly what he believes AJ is.  To extract himself from being around AJ, Mason ventures off to missions in the unknown lands.

I loved how Claudia handled the conflicts of the stories.  Readers are presented with the dilemmas early on, and as the story progresses we see more of the history of why the dilemmas are occurring.  Each character had a lesson to learn, and for AJ and Mason they couldn’t be together until they opened themselves to each other.

I had a specific part of the book that hit me.  When AJ gets hurt she automatically lashes out at others.  In response to this her father tells her that when she hurts, don’t hurt.  What he is saying that when someone or something hurts AJ not to allow this conflict to turn her into someone different by using cruel words back to the individual.  I actually gave that statement to someone I knew that struggled with the same issue.  That was a brilliant statement for AJ’s parent to come up with.

The story flows like a wave.  At times the pace is fast and full of thrilling action and suspense.  This is just another bonus to readers.  I compare the stories peaks to a wave crashing into the shore.  It has such force that you definitely want to watch what happens when climax recedes.  We also get to see a glimpse of the next sibling to have his story told.  There are going to be plenty of surprises in store for the last two brothers left open for love.

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claudia b.Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure.

She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

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Unlike Any Other

“So that’s it; bye, bye to the old, hello Twinkie wife?”

His gaze drops and I take it as a yes.

“Where is the big love, the one that happens once in a lifetime? What happened to it? If you lost it like that, then there’s no hope for the rest of us, Dad.”

No wonder my relationship fell apart like it did. The dreamer in me thought back to my sixteen-year-old self when I thought I had found the great love that could withstand everything. I claimed to have what my parents had … almost three years later reality slapped me, no, reality crushed me.

Gabriel doesn’t speak. He has no comeback or comment to what I say. He makes a one-eighty degree turn and stares out at the blue sea.

I don’t count how long he’s immobilized in front of the window, nor do I move. However, after what feels like hours, he extends his hand and curls his fingers toward me. The moment I’m next to him, he puts his arm around my shoulder and hugs me tight, kissing the top of my head.

I hug my dad for the first time in years and my back relaxes.

I’m home.

“You can stay together in the name of love just for so long, AJ,” his voice has lost all the strength, the shield is down.

My body and soul identify with his, we’re defeated, sad and with only so much energy left to continue.

This is one of the traits we share, putting on a brave front while withering inside.

“Lately, I wonder if what we had justified being together for so long.” I hate those words as he lets them out. “Was it real or a fantasy we built and once reality hit we couldn’t keep it together. It hurts, being apart is painful—I won’t lie.”

Really, it hurts? Because there’s a woman outside—pregnant. I want to yell at him, my teeth grind, but I don’t let my anger get the best of me.

Not yet.

“It was mutual, we came to the conclusion that we wanted different things, our lives were going in different directions, and now I’m trying to build something—a new life?”

The uncertainty in his voice is a gift, a speckle of light that gives me hope. The words… well, they sound like a speech they—my parents agreed on giving us. That’s the way they were while growing up, one parental front. I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but my money is on him. Gabriel called it off.

This is unfair. My parents drove me insane with their rules. Their crazy ideas and lies to the outside world. However, they are a match made in heaven. They are like milk and cookies, one can’t go without the other.

“This is wrong.” I shake my head. “You can’t finish a once in a lifetime love story like that,” I weakly claim. “Each time you told the story, it didn’t sound as if you made some sacrifices for us. It sounded as if you did it out of love. Am I wrong? Would you like to revise your story?”

He shakes his head.

“You should. Let’s do a play-by-play,” I suggest. “Maybe you can come clean and clear up all the lies you added to it when you told it as we grew up.”

“They weren’t lies,” he defends himself. “Maybe we skipped a few details… not many. We couldn’t disclose everything to our small children.”

“Once upon a time I thought I found what you did, Dad,” my bottom lip quivers, but I continue, “but everything crumbled, and… now I’m a cynic who doesn’t want to feel or believe. You’re proving me right, love is a shitty thing.”

“It isn’t, I can prove you wrong.”

“I’m all ears, Dad.”

Unlike Any Other

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Spencer Bradley ruins everything he touches. Addicted to gambling, he’s lied, cheated, and stolen to get what he wants. Now, in order to protect those he cares for, he’s keeping his distance. Rehab’s taught him a lot, but when his time runs out and he finds himself with nowhere to turn, he seeks help from the one person he’s capable of destroying.

Olivia Carter fell in love the day she met Spencer Bradley. Despite him being responsible for the downfall of his best friend’s career and landing himself in rehab, she can’t bring herself to stay away—even if it means risking her own recovery.

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Alyson Blake had learned early on that the only one she could depend on was herself. The only light in her life was a boy whom everyone agreed was destined for prison; but with his first kiss, he had set her soul on fire. Since the day the police dragged him away in handcuffs, she had managed to lead a quiet life, but when she attends an event fraught with mayhem, trouble resurfaces.

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After years of separation, Alyson is eager to reexplore the man who’s never left her thoughts, but for Jamison, she’s both the distraction he wants, but doesn’t need. As the two embark on a relationship that neither of them expected or bargained for, an outside threat closes in. When Alyson crosses the line of professionalism and takes her work home with her, her life is put in danger, leaving Jamison with no choice but to once again step in and become her protector.

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Alyson Blake’s past left her with scars. Scars that she tried to fix the only way she knew how—by helping others. But actions have consequences, and Alyson is about to find out that being naïve is no excuse.

Fighting is Jamison Weston’s passion. Alyson is his obsession. Despite the past and a few lingering concerns, their relationship is as solid as ever. Until a shocking lie is uncovered and all of his plans begin to unravel. Now, Jami is rushing to pick up the pieces, but as relationships are put to the test, will he be strong enough to keep it together, or will it all just fall apart?

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USA Today Bestselling author J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.

She lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream of becoming an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.

 

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KateAuthorPicKate Deveaux is a contemporary erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. A former wedding planner, she has always been “in love” with love! Kate is currently working on several fictional stories – each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets and heroes who make your heart skip a beat. She currently resides with her husband in the U.S. When Kate is not busy writing, she can be found on the tennis court –yes, there’s even ‘love’ in that game too.

 

 

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A VIXEN IN VENICE

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Glancing down at the small map she clutched in one hand, Monique looked back up at the tiny storefronts crammed along the waterway, trying her best not to be overrun by the barrage of tourists filling the tight corridors that ran between buildings and the canal’s murky edge. Searching for landmarks and any discernable signage, she bumped her way between tourists who were busy ogling the unusual architecture that at that moment proved more of an impediment than an attractant.

Tugging at her suitcases, Monique forged on.

The last thing she wanted to do was be late for her new job.

Lurching sideways to avoid a family carrying ice cream cones and pointing enthusiastically at the sights, Monique teetered on her heels to avoid bearing the brunt of their gelatos as they passed. Oblivious to the obstacle they presented to Monique, they carried on, leaving her in their wake.

The wheels on her cumbersome luggage stuck on a rogue stone at the same time her heel gave way. Tumbling down towards the uneven cobbles Monique gasped out loud.

A hand reached out from the crowd and grabbed for her just as her bottom grazed the ground, protecting her from the brunt of her fall by swooping her back up on her feet in one motion.

Mademoiselle, soyez prudent,” a deep voice urged her to be careful in French.

Monique squinted into the late day sun at nothing short of a vision. A majestic man, early forties, with chin length sandy blonde hair, a goatee and deep set blue eyes that were rimmed by thin metal glasses stood before her. Her hand clasped in his. The man’s tailored camelhair overcoat told her he was distinguished as did the flash of his fancy watch, probably Swiss and very expensive from the sparkle of the crystal that caught her eye as she steadied herself.

Stai bene Signorina?” he asked if she was okay in a beautiful swoosh of Italian. The words slipping between his lips like honey pooling onto the cool stones.

First he spoke French, then Italian. It was official. Monique must be in heaven. She’d heard the stereotypes and the holiday stories of her friends vacationing in Europe, but nothing had prepared her for the man who still had her hand in his.

“Fine, yes, thank you, merci…I mean grazie,” she offered, flustered and realizing she was quite able to stand on her own. Reluctantly she let go of his hand to reach down and remove her broken-heeled shoe. “Just tripped on a stone. Una scarpa verso il bass… dieci per andare.” She hoped her Italian wasn’t too rusty.

He just looked at her. Oh damn, it must be more rusty than she’d thought.

One shoe down, ten to go,” she repeated in English with a nervous laugh, motioning to her luggage. Hoping to make a joke of how many shoes were crammed in her overstuffed bags to cover her embarrassment of very nearly being splayed out on the canal sidewalk if not for the efforts of her handsome saviour.

“Are you sure? I can fetch someone for you if you need assistance Signorina,” the man asked and then glanced anxiously over his shoulder. Monique suspected from his unease that he must have a wife who no doubt would appear any moment and be less than happy to find her hubby fraternizing with Monique. It wasn’t the first time that had happened.

“No, I’m fine, really. Mille grazie.” She thanked him as she looked into his eyes, their depth making her off balance as well as her having only one shoe on and the way he called her Signorina. The word slipping from his mouth like silk.

           “ Just tell me where I am, that would be very helpful,” she shifted her weight to the shoeless foot and immediately dropped down a few inches, making her even shorter against his tall stature.

Calle Ostreghe,” he said the name of the street as she dipped her head down to remove her other shoe.

“See much better,” she said, now even footed in her stocking feet, now firmly planted on the cool stones.

But her words were met by empty space.

The man was gone as quickly as he’d appeared, the swish of his long coat disappearing through the crowds, barely visible around the corner as Monique looked on as if it had been an apparition. A tall handsome apparition. And one that was seemingly desperate to get away from her before his wife showed up. Lucky woman having a man like that.

 

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