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Promo: Bad Boys After Dark-Dylan by Melissa Foster @Melissa_Foster

Melissa Foster

Dylan
Bad Boys After Dark/Bad Billionaires After Dark
December 21, 2016

Blurb:

The Bad Boys After Dark are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.
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” With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!” -NYT Bestseller Julie Kenner

“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” -NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely
.
Indulge your inner vixen…
You asked for naughtier lovers, with the same fierce loyalty as The Bradens – Meet the Bad Boys… Four sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies.

Everything’s naughtier after dark…
Sinfully sexy bar owner Dylan Bad has a thing for needy women. He’s a savior, a knight in shining armor, and his mighty talented sword has no trouble bringing damsels in distress to their knees. Enter Tiffany Winters, a gorgeous cutthroat sports agent who looks like sex on legs, f**ks like she’s passion personified, and wouldn’t let a man help her if she were dangling from a ledge and he was her only hope. One night and too much tequila might change their lives forever. The question is, will either one survive?

 

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BAD BOYS AFTER DARK
Mick
Dylan
Carson (coming soon)
Brett (coming soon)

More After Dark books:
WILD BOYS AFTER DARK (Available Now!)
Logan
Heath
Jackson
Cooper

The AFTER DARK series is part of the LOVE IN BLOOM big family romance collection. Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.
Read the complete LOVE IN BLOOM series:

SNOW SISTERS
THE BRADENS (at Weston, CO)
THE REMINGTONS
THE BRADENS (at Trusty, CO)
THE BRADENS (at Peaceful Harbor)
SEASIDE SUMMERS
WILD BOYS AFTER DARK

For a complete reading guide, family tree, checklists, and more, visit Melissa’s website.

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24779605-bad-boys-after-dark

Buy links:


Kindle US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EZ400X8

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/bad-boys-after-dark-dylan

GPlay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Melissa_Foster_Bad_Boys_After_Dark_Dylan?id=Mv8VDAAAQBAJ

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bad-boys-after-dark-dylan/id1109524331?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/634128 

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Boys-After-Dark-Dylan/dp/1941480551
About the Author:

Melissa Foster is a New York Times USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown MagazineThe Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

 

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
Website: http://www.MelissaFoster.com
Newsletter: http://www.melissafoster.com/newsletter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Melissa_Foster
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023973.Melissa_Foster
Street Team: http://www.facebook.com/groups/melissafosterfans

Amazon: http://amzn.to/24wJyWm

5 STAR Review: Bad Boys After Dark-Dylan by Melissa Foster @Melissa_Foster

Melissa Foster

Dylan
Bad Boys After Dark/Bad Billionaires After Dark
December 21, 2016

Blurb:

The Bad Boys After Dark are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.
.
” With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!” -NYT Bestseller Julie Kenner

“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” -NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely
.
Indulge your inner vixen…
You asked for naughtier lovers, with the same fierce loyalty as The Bradens – Meet the Bad Boys… Four sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies.

Everything’s naughtier after dark…
Sinfully sexy bar owner Dylan Bad has a thing for needy women. He’s a savior, a knight in shining armor, and his mighty talented sword has no trouble bringing damsels in distress to their knees. Enter Tiffany Winters, a gorgeous cutthroat sports agent who looks like sex on legs, f**ks like she’s passion personified, and wouldn’t let a man help her if she were dangling from a ledge and he was her only hope. One night and too much tequila might change their lives forever. The question is, will either one survive?

Review:

Melissa Foster hits another home run with her newest title, Bad Boys After Dark: Dylan.  The story is both sensual and emotionally grabbing.  Tiffany Winters and Dylan Bad knock the ball out of the park when they join.  What more can you ask for then two characters igniting sparks in and out of the sheets?

Tiffany Winters is known as this “cutthroat negotiator.”  She does not have time for relationships.  Tiffany hides behind her always vibrating cell phone yielding business calls.  She may be a go-to girl as a sports agent, but with men no, way.

Dylan owns an up-and-coming bar.  He spends his days refinishing his kitchen and his nights pouring drinks.  When Dylan comes into contact with Tiffany, he realizes he just may have met his match.  Can Dylan convince Tiffany of that?

Initially, Dylan and Tiffany have a constant tug-of-war.  Both want to have control.  Tiffany has a wall built up so high that is near impossible to break.  She isn’t a damsel in distress, and Dylan must for the first time be her friend and not her knight in shining armor.  What will it take for these two to take the past and use it to make the future better?

I love the premise of the story.  I also love the recognition in the story for a cause that I hold near to me.  I appreciate Melissa’s ability to take this cause and write so eloquently about it.  In fact, I loved how she wrote it in the book that I read the story twice.

The storyline is engaging.  The pace is one that there is never a lull.  All of the other characters bring depth to the story.  It was enjoyable reading about the other Bad brothers.  I look forward to their upcoming stories.

Dylan is one hit that I would recommend.

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BAD BOYS AFTER DARK
Mick
Dylan
Carson (coming soon)
Brett (coming soon)

More After Dark books:
WILD BOYS AFTER DARK (Available Now!)
Logan
Heath
Jackson
Cooper

The AFTER DARK series is part of the LOVE IN BLOOM big family romance collection. Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.
Read the complete LOVE IN BLOOM series:

SNOW SISTERS
THE BRADENS (at Weston, CO)
THE REMINGTONS
THE BRADENS (at Trusty, CO)
THE BRADENS (at Peaceful Harbor)
SEASIDE SUMMERS
WILD BOYS AFTER DARK

For a complete reading guide, family tree, checklists, and more, visit Melissa’s website.

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24779605-bad-boys-after-dark

Buy links:


Kindle US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EZ400X8

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/bad-boys-after-dark-dylan

GPlay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Melissa_Foster_Bad_Boys_After_Dark_Dylan?id=Mv8VDAAAQBAJ

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bad-boys-after-dark-dylan/id1109524331?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/634128 

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Boys-After-Dark-Dylan/dp/1941480551
About the Author:

Melissa Foster is a New York Times USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown MagazineThe Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

 

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
Website: http://www.MelissaFoster.com
Newsletter: http://www.melissafoster.com/newsletter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Melissa_Foster
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023973.Melissa_Foster
Street Team: http://www.facebook.com/groups/melissafosterfans

Amazon: http://amzn.to/24wJyWm

Promo: Scoring with Santa by Theresa Roemer & Renee Rose Release Blitz @bookenthupromo

✰✰RELEASE BLITZ✰✰

Book Title: Scoring with Santa

Author: Theresa Roemer & Renee Rose  @TheresaRoemer  @ReneeRoseAuthor

Genre: Sports Romance

Release Date: December 20, 2016

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions @bookenthupromo

 

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#Synopsis:

A career-driven mom. Houston’s most eligible heartthrob. The irresistible attraction could destroy both their careers.

Rick Morehouse doesn’t date single moms. As the former quarterback for the Houston Texans, he’s Houston’s most eligible bachelor. But after the heartache of abandonment by his own mother’s string of boyfriends, he never wants to hurt anyone’s kids that way. When he meets Brandy Love, the drop-dead gorgeous owner of Phenomenal Physiques, he’s totally taken by the confident career woman. It’s too bad she has kids.

Brandy Love doesn’t have room in her life for a relationship. Opening a chain of gyms and parenting her kids already takes more time than she has. But when Coach Charming drops in on her gym, she’s sorely tempted.

When a vengeful columnist roasts Rick to bring down his team at the playoffs, Brandy must decide if he’s worth fighting for. But even if she can save him, will he accept her and her kids in his life?

Devour this sexy and sweet holiday page-turner today!

 

“Flaming hot sports romance with a dash of Desperate Housewives–Roemer and Rose truly delight!”  ~USA Today Bestselling Author Lee Savino

 

Interesting Fact:  The heroine and some of the material for this book was based on co-author Theresa Roemer’s life.  Theresa owned a chain of fitness clubs called Body by Design and personal training services called Phenomenal Physiques, took the U.S. Open title in bodybuilding at the age of 40, and held the titles of Mrs. Houston U.A., Mrs. Texas U.A., and was the 1st runner up for Mrs. United America concurrently. 

 

#MeettheAuthor

Theresa Roemer is an author, media personality, entrepreneur and small business owner based in Houston, Texas.  

Theresa’s passion for health started at a young age. As a child Theresa was diagnosed with rheumatic fever many times over, which caused her to have a heart murmur; she was sickly and her doctors diagnosed her with a lifetime of physical constraints. Determined to prove the doctors wrong, Theresa began her lifelong journey to stay active, healthy, and physically fit. Theresa took the U.S. Open title in bodybuilding at the age of 40, and held the titles of Mrs. Houston U.A., Mrs. Texas U.A., and was the 1st runner up for Mrs. United America concurrently. 

Theresa’s passion for health inspired her to write Naked in 30 Days to empower women to feel as vibrant and healthy at 45 and beyond as they did at 25.  This is her first work of fiction.

Visit Theresa on www.theresaroemer.com, Instagram Theresa_Roemer, Facebook Theresa Roemer LLC and Twitter @TheresaRoemer

 

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR RENEE ROSE is a naughty wordsmith who writes kinky romance novels. Named Eroticon USA’s Next Top Erotic Author in 2013, she has also won The Romance Reviews Best Historical Romance, and Spanking Romance Reviews’ Best Historical, Best Erotic, Best Ageplay and favorite author. She’s hit #1 on Amazon in the Erotic Paranormal, Western and Sci-fi categories. She also pens BDSM stories under the name Darling Adams. To receive FREE Renee Rose books, click here.

 

Renee loves to connect with readers! Please visit her on:

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest | Instagram

 

#Excerpt

He caught her wrist as she moved out of his personal space. He had fast reflexes for a guy who had just been struggling to keep his hands interlaced behind his back. “Don’t stop,” he murmured, flashing that megawatt smile again.

She forced a chuckle. “Hey, I charge a lot for private lessons. That’s all you get for a freebie.”

He threw his head back and laughed, a deep rumbling sound that warmed her from the top of her head to the tips of her toes. “Well, how can I go about scheduling one of those privates?”

She looked away, stepping toward the door and forcing him to drop her wrist. “Ah, you know, check with the front desk,” she said vaguely with a laugh.

“Actually, I was hoping for your number.”

“I’m sure you were,” she said over her shoulder.

“Really? You’re just blowing me off, huh?”

She stopped and pivoted. He sounded dead sincere now, which surprised her. “Wow, yeah. About that…I’m, uh, not exactly dating right now.”

Even if I were, I’d stay way the hell away from a player like you.

Her smile wobbled. This shouldn’t be so hard.

He shoved his hands in the pockets of his gym shorts, which few men could pull off and still look manly. He nailed it. She realized with a stab of guilt he was trying to hide the bulge of his erection. “Sure, I get it. No problem.”

Had she actually hurt his feelings? Impossible. He was a player.

She hadn’t meant to be a tease. She ought to be spanked.

By him. Just before he took her hard from behind…

 

Review: Only For You by Niami Simone Blog Tour @Naima Simone @bookenthupromo

✰✰BLOG TOUR✰✰

Book Title: Only For You (The Lick Series Book 3)

Author: Naima Simone  @Naima_Simone

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 12, 2016

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions @bookenthupromo

 

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#Synopsis:

It’s been five years since I’ve seen her.

Five years since Gabriella James damn near destroyed me with her betrayal, sending me to hell in a cage.

I’ve crawled free, escaped the mob, opened a night club, and continue to battle my demons through underground fighting and sex. But now Gabriella’s back, begging for absolution, wanting my forgiveness. All I want is what she’s denied me for all these years — her body.

Sex. That’s all we’ll ever have.

Because Gabriella is still keeping secrets. I see it in her eyes.

I don’t trust her, and I’ll never forgive her betrayal.

But that won’t stop me from taking her.

Over…and over…and over…

Review:

Only For You, written by Naima Simone, is a vividly descriptive story of a man’s betrayal from the woman he once loved.  Killian Vincent, a man, born to fight, is struggling to regain the hold from loss of freedom.  He’s a lover, a fighter, and a man doomed by demons.  Then one day his former girlfriend comes into his club, and Killian catapults back into history.  Can Gabriella reclaim his trust, or is she stuck with his revenge?

Only For You is a short story.  It is an easy read, but it contains depth.  The storyline poses questions such as is forgiveness achievable, and can loving someone conquer all?

Naima accomplishes a lot in such a short read.  Her imagery is off the charts detailed.  I felt like I was there in the ring every time Killian fought.  I also could sense the intimacy between them.

I am now going back to read the previous stories.  I like this series because they all deal with bad-boys-gone-good.

Happy Reading!!

#MeettheAuthor

Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights— creating stories of unique men and women who experience the first bites of desire, the dizzying heights of passion, and the tender, healing heat of love.

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

 

#SocialLinks

Website:  www.naimasimone.com

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Naima_Simone

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3232449.Naima_Simone

Newsletter:  http://naimasimone.com/contacts.html

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/naimasimoneauthor/

 

#Excerpt

“Leave the clothes,” he reiterated.

She shook her head, her grasp on her jeans tightening. “Humiliation wasn’t part of this bargain. I’m not walking out of here without any pants on.” A shadow crossed his face even as his lips firmed into a straight line.

“Humiliate you? You think I want to give every motherfucker out there material to go home and fuck their fist to? Let them look at those thighs and imagine them wrapped around their waist? Their head? No, Gabriella, my intention isn’t to humiliate you,” he murmured, the silken tone all the more dangerous.

“My sole focus is hustling your pretty little ass next door and upstairs as fast as possible. Whatever you think about me, I’d never place you in harm’s way, and that includes exposing you. Now,” he lowered his face until she could easily detect the green flecks in his golden eyes. Something flickered in those eyes. The same thing that, for just a moment, softened his mouth so he appeared almost…vulnerable. Hungry. No, no. Need. Like he needed her to walk out of this room with him. But in the next instant, the emotion disappeared behind a shuttered mask.

“Are you in…or out?”

She didn’t answer. Instead, she dropped the clothes and walked to the door, that brief flash of…whatever accomplishing what the pretty little ass and the possessive tone he’d uttered it in couldn’t.

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Dr. Mackenzie Daniels was a loner. He had the divorce, a far-away family, and well-known cranky persona to prove it. And if he had his way, he would continue on his loner way, in spite of the attempts of the local townspeople to infiltrate his life with their irritating, so-called charming ways. That was…until he met the beautiful Nurse Millicent Robbins and decided that he was more than willing to share his Christmas tree with her!  Standalone, romantica, and holiday fun!

Sales Blitz: Once Perfect by Cecy Robson @cecyrobson @bookenthupromo

✰✰SALES BLITZ✰✰

Book Title: Once Perfect (Shattered Past, #1)

Author: Cecy Robson  @cecyrobson

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 7, 2014

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#Synopsis:

Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.

Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.

As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.

#MeettheAuthor

CECY (pronounced Sessy) ROBSON is the new adult and contemporary romance author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels and upcoming Carolina Beach novels, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA® finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

#FunFacts

I like carbs. There. I said it. I also like fried foods and most things with butter and salt.

I suffer from severe motion sickness: cars, planes, trains, boats―I don’t discriminate. And don’t get me anywhere near the dreaded merry-go-round.

Two of my favorite places are the Jersey Shore (specifically Point Pleasant) and the stretch of Interstate 78 West from New Jersey into Pennsylvania. I always make a wish as I cross the bridge over the Delaware River just for luck.

The summer before I started second grade, my parents took my brother and I on the ultimate road trip from New Jersey to El Salvador. No, this is not a joke. Yes, the event sucked. Have I mentioned I suffer from severe motion sickness?

I go out of my way to speak to managers when I’ve received good service.

I don’t like mean people. There’s no reason to be cruel or petty. Life’s too short.

I’m a registered nurse and once delivered a baby in a car.

I can open doors with my feet.

I named my son after my favorite X-Men.

I have an abnormal fear of bats and the Headless Horsemen and carry a crazy obsession for Thor.

Most of my relatives own machetes. I’m not sure why. How high is your grass? And surely a lawn mower is more effective.

I always wanted to do voice over for cartoons and can do a badass impression of Bobby Hill.

I love to write and entertain people. My hope is that I never run out of stories to tell.

That’s basically me in a nutshell―that, and I’m absurdly superstitious. For more information about me and my novels, please visit my website and follow me on social media.

Thank you!

#SocialLinks

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#Excerpt

I Met my Agent in the Bathroom and other Facts About My Path to Publication

I’d like to say I’m joking, but I’m dead serious. I met my agent and now BFF, Nicole Resciniti, in the bathroom at a writer’s conference. No, it wasn’t on purpose, and no, I wasn’t creepy about it. Here’s what happened from the beginning with some facts thrown in along the way. On May 1, 2009, I decided to write a novel. I didn’t take a class, I didn’t sit through “How To” instruction videos on YouTube. I honestly wanted to write a novel simply to see if I could. I’m a registered nurse by trade. To this day, I consider the comma as my evil nemesis. That said, I gave it a shot.

My first book was the Weird Girls, an urban fantasy romance about four unique sisters who obtained their powers as a result of a backfired curse. I’d read close to forty UF and paranormal romance novels in the months prior so I thought I knew what I was doing. Um, yeah. Not quite.

My first draft . . . and possibly the next seventeen revisions that followed didn’t have a plot. Plots are important. Seriously, every fiction book should have one. But one of the things I discovered was that plots aside, I could tell a story. So I kept rewriting, especially when those poor suckers―I mean, my kind and patient friends― who I begged to beta read for me continued to tell me that I had “something.”

Eventually, I did take an online course on query preparation and worked on pitching my series. I also attended a writer’s conference for the sake of connecting with other writers and for the opportunity to interact with agents and editors. During this time period (approximately August 2009 until about April 2011), I aggressively began to query literary agents who represented my genre.

Twenty, no, I’m mean fifty―okay, okay, perhaps seventy-five rejection letters later, in addition to quite a few more novel rewrites, I thought I was ready to pitch my series again. My husband thought I was ready, too, and sent me to a New York writer’s conference to give the traditional publishing venue yet another chance.

I was horribly sick and needed to use the bathroom even before the conference started. While I was blowing my nose to the tune of “I’m a baby elephant and I’m trying to call my mother” the woman in the stall next to me asked, “Allergies?”

I was in no mood to be social, but she was being sweet so I answered, “No, I just have a bad cold.”

She stepped out to wash her hands at the same time as I did. She smiled, I smiled back and asked her what she wrote.

“Actually, I’m an agent,” she answered.

And yeah, that was Nicole, and yes, the rest is history. Nicole sold the first three books of my Weird Girls series to Penguin following our little meet and greet in the bathroom. About a year following the publication of the first novel, SEALED WITH CURSE, Nicole sold two series to Random House: the continuation of my Weird Girls urban fantasy series, and my brandy new Shattered Past contemporary romance series.

I’m preparing to release my seventeenth novel, CRAVE ME, in February and am still over the moon following my two RITA® nominations earlier this year. As thrilled as I am, sometimes I still find myself recovering from the shock and the speed in which everything happened. But that doesn’t mean I’m not forever grateful to Nicole, my husband, and all my friends who supported me on my path to publication.

Lastly, if you take anything from this rant, let it be this: keep going and keep trying―no matter what your goals are and how many rejections you receive along the way. Crazy things can happen, like meeting your future agent in the bathroom.

For more information about me, and my upcoming releases and series, please visit my website or follow me on social media.

#Playlist

I’ll admit. I have trouble focusing if there’s noise in the background―talking, singing, traffic―any kind, it doesn’t matter how soft. What can I say? My ADD will not be tamed.

While I require absolute silence when I write, there’s one thing I do need before I can commence my storytelling: music. It’s my ultimate go-to to jump start my creative process.

Music, as many of you are aware, is a powerful tool to trigger emotions and stir memories. So before I work out a scene, the first thing I do is search through my music list on my iPad and select songs to help me create the intended mood for that particular scene. The moment I’m done, I hit the play icon and engage in monotonous household chores like laundry.

From the first note to the last, my mind goes elsewhere, allowing me to envelop the intended emotion and work out the entire scene before my fingers strike the first key on my laptop. The music has to fit the tone of the scene and depending on its impact, can greatly affect the outcome. Thank the Killers for writing Somebody Told Me. That song rocks and has helped me create some of my darker and more action-packed fight scenes in my Weird Girls Urban Fantasy series. Once I connect with the mood the music invokes within me, the dialogue is easier to craft because I’m already “feeling” what my characters are feeling. I’m able to put their emotions: fear, excitement, sadness, etc. into words that fit their experience. Make sense? ☺

For my Shattered Past series, my selection of songs seemed to take a different turn specifically for the first novel, ONCE PERFECT in which the background is an ultra hip dance club. Behold, my ONCE PERFECT playlist which will give you an idea of the heat and heart behind some of the scenes:

In the Ayer―Flo Rida featuring Will.I.am

Just a Fool―Christina Aguilera & Blake Shelton

On the Floor―Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull

Wild Ones―Flo Rida featuring Sia

Wings―Little Mix

Echa Pa’lla (Manos Pa’rriba)―Pitbull

Halo―Beyoncé

Chasing Cars―Snow Patrol

Robi-Rob’s Boriqua Anthem―El General & C&C Music Factory

My badass hero and underground mixed martial arts fighter, Mateo, is Cuban. Latin music was a must. Now that you know my secret behind scene writing, want to know if my playlist measures up? If so, check out ONCE PERFECT, and follow it up with ONCE LOVED, ONCE PURE, and the spin-off series the O’Brien Family novels: ONCE KISSED, LET ME, CRAVE ME, and FEEL ME.

Promo: The King by Liz Meldon Book Blitz @lizmeldon @bookenthupromo

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Book Title: The King (Games We Play: Book 1)

Author: Liz Meldon  @lizmeldon

2Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: November 21, 2016

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Not all vampire hunters dress in head-to-toe leather and sit on rooftops overlooking a gritty vampire-ridden city. Meet Delia Roberts. At twenty-six, she’s a mid-level hunter with the Harriswood League, and, despite her best efforts, isn’t scaling the hunter hierarchy anytime soon.

Months earlier, desperate to prove herself, Delia snuck into an exclusive vampire masquerade, only to wind up with a bite on her neck courtesy of clan leader and gorgeous vampire Claude Grimm. Fearful of the League’s punishment for succumbing to a bloodsucker’s charms, Delia does what she can to hide the bite and pretends the night never happened.

These days, however, Claude is determined to win her over, insisting the spark they felt that fateful night is worth pursuing. As Delia tries to ignore her steadily growing feelings for the enemy and fend off a mounting quarter-life crisis, vampire clan tensions worsen around the quiet city of Harriswood, bringing with them a danger unlike any the League has ever seen.

One that might change the course of history for good.

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Liz is a Canadian author who grew up in the Middle East. She has a degree in Bioarchaeology from Western University, and when she isn’t writing about her own snarky characters, she is ghostwriting romance novellas, loitering on social media, or taking care of her many animals.

As a freelance ghostwriter, she has written over a dozen books ranging from romance to horror, full-length to novella-sized. A handful are currently on the market, and she stalks their “authors” with fiendish delight. She loves writing realistic characters in fantastical settings.

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Book Title: Death’s Echo (The Complex)

Author: Rachel M. Raithby  @Rach1986UK

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

Release Date: December 9, 2016

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After a brutal war between Humans and Metas an uneasy truce is declared in the Seldova solar system. At the conclusion of the treaty signing, the Complex is created on the lone planet, Lorn. The Complex is a blended community of Humans and Metas, all sent to test the waters of a more peaceful existence between the two races. Living under a domed community can only mean one thing for the Humans and Metas. Chaos.

Aqulla Dayshon is a Banshee, she sees death. Feels the last moments of a victims life, senses the echo’s they leave behind. They call for vengeance, and she is helpless to deny their cries, to deny her very nature.

Inside the Complex, the rules are very clear; kill and you’re out. Aqulla expected to struggle ignoring death’s call but she never anticipated desires call.

Jaylon Rowe is Intra – the law within the complex. When a series of murders hit the doomed community its his job to find the killer.

#MeettheAuthor

Rachel M. Raithby started her writing career in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. She draws her inspiration from the many places she has lived and traveled, as well as from her love of the paranormal and thriller movies. She can often be found hiding out with a good book or writing more fast-paced and thrilling stories where love always conquers all. She now lives in rural England with her young family.

Her books include, the adult Paranormal Romance novels ‘The Deadwood Hunter Series’ and the Young Adult series The New Dawn Novels, including the YA Best seller ‘Winter Wolf.’

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Review: June Jenson and the Shield of Quell by Emily Harper Blog Tour @emilyswhitelies @bookenthupromo

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Book Title: June Jenson and the Shield of Quell

Author: Emily Harper @emilyswhitelies

Genre: Women’s Action/Adventure

Release Date: April 16, 2015

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June Jenson, an accomplished Oxford professor, has spent her life trying to get out from under the shadow of her infamous grandfather: a renowned archaeologist accused of stealing a relic during an excavation at Sutton-Hoo. When a secret alliance recruits June to guard priceless artifacts she realizes that this is her chance to contribute to the history she loves and rid herself of the cloud of suspicion that her family has lived under for so long. But, when the artifact June is commissioned to guard turns out to be the same relic her grandfather was accused of stealing− a relic he has consistently claimed never existed − her carefully laid plans of family redemption are a bit shot. Now, with the aid of her accused grandfather who suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s, and a chauffeur who’s looking for a scandal to make him famous, June must race to discover the truth of the shield and what really happened at Sutton-Hoo all those years ago.

Review:

June Jenson And The Shield Of Quell is a masterfully created work of who-done-it.  A mystery of artifacts gone missing.  Or were they ever real?  Emily Harper keeps you on your toes until the very last page of the book.

June Jenson has been tasked taking care of her elderly professor grandfather.  He suffers from Alzheimer’s, and he is quite the handful.  Once a brilliant excavator and professor, the grandfather lives a life withs others accusations that he stole an artifact from a dig that he went on.

After the realization that the relic actually exists and ends up missing again, June goes on the journey to clear both her name and her grandfather’s legacy.  Enlisted are a taxi driver and the professor’s former excavation partner.  It is an adventure of mystery, mayhem, and self-awareness.

June Jenson And The Shield Of Quell is a fun mystery read.  I highly recommend it to lovers of history and mystery. The story will keep you enthralled until the finish.

A definite TBR read.

Happy reading.

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Emily Harper is the bestselling and award-winning women’s fiction author of White Lies, Checking Inn, My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero and the June Jenson series. Her debut novel, White Lies, was a finalist in the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award. My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero won the 2014 New England Readers’ Choice Award. She has a passion for writing humorous romance stories where the heroine is not your typical damsel in distress.

Originally from England, she currently lives in Canada with her husband, two children, and a very naughty dog.

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#Excerpt

EXCERPT ONE:

I’m in trouble.  And not just, “Oh bugger, I’ve lost the car keys and I’m late for a lecture” trouble.

No, this is a full-on “The world as we know it will come to an end unless I figure this out” kind of trouble.

Alright, it’s not quite that bad.  It would only be England.

The point is, I can’t do this alone.  I have to ask someone for help.  The last person I would ever possibly want to admit defeat to.

“Professor,” I say, poking my head through his study’s doorway.  “Have a moment?”

He looks up over the edge of his spectacles sitting on the tip of his nose.  His hand holds a pen that hovers over the pages he was just reading.

“Depends, June bug,” he says.  “Is this about what I’d like for tea, or is this your way of crawling back with your tail between your legs?”

I pause to think for a moment.

“The second one.”

“Excellent.  In that case, most definitely,” he says, putting down his pen.

“Well, the thing is−” I start, but the Professor interrupts me by holding up his hand.

“I told you, when you originally scoffed at my help, that this would happen,” he says, leaning back in his chair.  “They always come bloody crawling back to Professor Albert Arthur Jenson.  And I also believe I told you what would have to happen when you came groveling back.”

My nostrils flare as we glare at each other.

“Oh, ever wise one,” I begin through clenched teeth.  “I’ve come to seek knowledge from your vast wisdom if you would only be so kind.”

“Eternal,” he says.

“What?”

“It was eternal wisdom.  My knowledge isn’t bloody vast, it’s all encompassing.”

I will myself to remain calm.

“Fine.  Your eternal wisdom,” I force out.

“And you were supposed to bring me a glass of whiskey when you came crawling back,” he argues.

“I was to do no such thing!”  I say, shaking my head.  “You are not supposed to drink with your medication.”

“Are you sure?” he asks frowning while clearly trying to search his brain for the answer.  “I’m sure I would have asked for a glass.  Doesn’t seem like me…”

“Professor, listen, this problem is very time sensitive.” I say, leaning forward in my chair and trying to bring him back to the present problem at hand.  “Are you able to help me or not?”

“Of course, I am able to,” he says, shaking his head.  “The question is: are you going to be able to accept my help?”