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Book Title: Beyond the Ivory Tower
Author: Jill Blake
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 11, 2015
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If there’s one thing math professor Anna Lazarev believes in, it’s the value of higher education. So when her younger sister announces she’s dropping out of college, Anna places the blame squarely on the man who inspired her sister’s rebellion.

Venture capitalist Ethan Talbot claims the US academic system is broken. His solution? Pay top students to “opt out” and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams without wasting time and money on a university degree.

In a passionate battle for the hearts and minds of a new generation, Anna will do whatever it takes to prove Ethan wrong. But when his demands take a more personal turn, will she sacrifice her principles to come out on top?

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Ethan ignored the first few emails. Likewise the faxed letter, the phone message slips, and the envelope delivered by registered mail.

Ever since his usual assistant, Margaret, went on medical leave, he’d been saddled with a series of temps who had neither the wits nor the will to guard his inner sanctum. What he really needed was someone who not only knew how to organize his schedule and take dictation, but could also screen out and deflect all the noise of the outside world. There were simply too many people asking for money, or looking for a job, or hoping for an interview or sound bite, or just eager for the opportunity to rub elbows with the man of the moment.

Frankly, he was tired of it. But until Margaret returned from getting her hip replaced, he was unlikely to catch a break.

Maybe, after this weekend’s summit, he’d take some time off. Fly down to Belize and do some diving. Or visit his parents in upstate New York. He hadn’t seen them since Christmas. And even then he’d spent most of his time taking meetings by Skype and reviewing business plan executive summaries, financial projections, and capitalization tables.

When was the last time he’d taken a real vacation? Gone away somewhere, leaving behind the constant demands on his time and attention, the perpetual buzzing of his phone and jabbering of a hundred different voices, the endless stream of requests and offers—most of which held about as much appeal as a root canal done without anesthesia?

Sighing, he turned away from his contemplation of San Francisco’s skyline, the high-rise towers of the financial district limned by late afternoon sun. He needed to make one more pass through his PowerPoint presentation for tomorrow’s keynote address.

He was nearly halfway through the slides when the door burst open and he found himself facing an interruption he couldn’t ignore.

She was five foot five—if he was being generous. But that was the only average thing about her. She swept into the room with rapid, angry strides, dark brows drawn together over almond shaped eyes, nostrils flaring. Her hair was caught in a casual twist from which glossy black strands escaped to tumble past high cheekbones and bare neck. A V-cut T-shirt that stopped just short of displaying any cleavage was tucked into a pair of close-fitting jeans.

Ethan’s latest assistant—Tina? Trisha? something with a T—scurried in after her. “Dr. Lazarev—”

The woman shook off the restraining hand and continued to advance.

“Ma’am, please.” The assistant cast Ethan a nervous glance. “I’m sure we can schedule you in for an appointment. If you’ll just come with me…”

Ethan pushed back his Aeron chair. The woman faltered and ground to a halt as he rose to his full height. Then she straightened her shoulders and lifted her chin.

The assistant fluttered nearby, wringing her hands. “I’m sorry, Mr. Talbot. I tried to stop her—”

He waved a dismissive hand without taking his eyes off of his unexpected guest. “It’s okay, Tina.”

“Trisha,” the assistant whispered.

“What?”

“My name’s Trisha,” she repeated. “Should I call security?”

That would be the smart thing. Ordinarily, he wouldn’t hesitate. But something about this woman stopped him. Physically, she was no threat. He had at least eight inches on her, and easily outweighed her by sixty pounds. Of course, she could be packing a weapon. He eyed her sleek silhouette. No purse, no tell-tale bulges. His gaze paused briefly on the inscription over her breasts: Decimals have a point. She must have noticed him looking, because she crossed her arms over her chest. Blunt unpolished nails. No rings. He smiled. He’d take his chances.

“I’ll handle this, Trisha.” He slowly rounded the desk. “Would you mind closing the door on your way out?”

“It’s after five, Mr. Talbot. I was about to leave for the day. Unless you need me to stay…?”

“No.” He stopped in front of his desk and leaned against the edge, palms braced on the polished mahogany. “You’re free to go, Trisha. Enjoy your evening.”

The door closed. Silence descended.

Ethan cleared his throat. “Dr. Lazarev, is it?”

“Yes.” She glanced around, as if suddenly uneasy at the idea of being alone with him.

“I’m Ethan Talbot. But I guess you already know that.”

Her eyes came back to him and stayed. The color of moss, with a darker rim of green, and surrounded by a thick fringe of lashes.

For a moment, he forgot to breathe. Then the lashes lowered, and he felt the rush of oxygen returning to his lungs and brain.

“Yes, Mr. Talbot,” she said. “I’ve been trying to get in touch with you for the last two weeks.”

He gestured toward the visitors’ chairs before his desk. “Why don’t you have a seat and tell me what this is all about.”

She dropped her arms to her sides, and Ethan had to force himself not to look down. He was no stranger to women’s anatomy. Was, in fact, accustomed to seeing considerably more flesh on display, whether it was framed by business attire, or evening couture, or a tangle of sheets. But he couldn’t remember the last time he’d felt such an immediate, irresistible attraction. Particularly to a woman who clearly hadn’t gone out of her way to entice—no jewelry, no discernible makeup, wearing an outfit that looked like it might have been acquired second-hand a couple of decades ago.

Instead of sitting down, she rested a hand on the back of one of the armchairs. “Mr. Talbot—”

“Ethan, please.”

She ignored the overture. “I’m here about my sister, Klara Lazarev.”

The name didn’t ring a bell. Should it? Or was he about to get snowed? He wished Margaret were back. She’d have known, and run interference for him. Or at the very least vetted Dr. Lazarev before permitting her to cross his threshold.

He wondered what sob story the woman planned to pitch. Or was she paving the way for some sort of extortion scheme? It wouldn’t be the first time he’d been threatened with a trumped up charge of sexual harassment or wrongful termination or some other equally spurious accusation of malfeasance. Did the details even matter? The bottom line was always money.

Fine, he’d play the game. “I’m afraid I don’t know anyone by that name.”

“Klara’s one of the twenty Talbot Fellows this year.”

It took a moment for his brain to process: this wasn’t a shakedown. The tension drained from his body. “Congratulations. You must be very proud.”

It made sense now that he hadn’t recognized the name. Though the Talbot Fellowship was his brainchild, his involvement these days was limited to funding the sponsoring foundation, giving the opening speech at the kickoff summit, and doing some occasional PR. He didn’t participate in the selection of Talbot grant recipients or in the administration of the program.

The woman’s expression darkened. “It would have been better,” she said, “for Klara to stay in school.”

Uh-oh. Maybe his relief was a bit premature. Time to do some damage control. “I understand how you might feel that way,” he said. “But the Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for some of the best, most talented students to pursue their dreams in a non-traditional way.”

“Look, Mr. Talbot, I didn’t come here to argue, or to go into all the reasons your program is a bad idea.” Her knuckles whitened on the back of the armchair. “The only reason I’m even here is that some Fellowship administrator referred me to you. She said her office has never dealt with a situation like this, and she’s not comfortable taking any action unless the directive comes from you.”

“I’m sorry, Dr. Lazarev. I wasn’t even aware that there was a ‘situation.’”

“Well, there is. My sister just turned nineteen, so technically she’s an adult. But it’s still my job to look out for her best interests. And I can tell you for a fact that dropping out of college to pursue some pipe dream funded by the Talbot Foundation is most definitely not in her best interests.”

“I see.” He ran a hand over the back of his neck, trying to loosen the muscles. “What I don’t understand is why you’re telling me this. Shouldn’t you be discussing this with your sister directly?”

“Believe me, if I could have convinced her to be reasonable, I wouldn’t be here now.” She took a deep breath. “Look, Mr. Talbot, I’m asking for your help. In fact, I’m willing to pay for it.”

His hand stilled. Well, this was something he hadn’t heard before. Someone offering to pay him? Was she talking about money, or some other form of payment? His gaze skimmed over her feminine curves, and he felt the kick of anticipation in his gut—along with a stirring further south.

By the time their eyes met again, she looked flushed. Had she read his mind? Was she even now picturing what it would be like to peel off one item of clothing at a time, until they were both naked and—

“I’m sure the Talbot Fellowship had a slew of applicants,” she said, quashing his fantasy more effectively than a negative quarterly report at a stockholder meeting. “Many of the applicants who were highly qualified probably didn’t receive a grant. Maybe there’s even a waiting list…?”

Ethan dropped his hand back to the desk, keeping his expression blank. He could see where she was heading with this, and wasn’t sure whether to be amused or appalled by her misguided efforts to manipulate her sister.

“Anyway,” she continued, when it became clear he wasn’t going to answer, “I’m sure you could find a dozen young people who’d be thrilled to step into a Fellowship position if one were to suddenly become available. If, for example, one of the current Fellows got disqualified on a technicality.”

He shook his head. “Sorry to disappoint you, Doc, but I’ve got two words for you. Not happening.”

She bit her lip. Funny, until this moment he’d never considered how sexy nude lips could be. He wondered what they would taste like. What they would feel like against his bare skin.

“What if a Fellow doesn’t meet certain expectations?” she said. “Every contract I’ve ever gotten had milestones or deliverables attached to it, and payment was contingent on timely submission of agreed-upon work. I’m sure your people do periodic assessments to see what kind of progress the Fellows are making, right? And after three or four months, if they’re not doing so well, maybe the funding could just…dry up.”

He had to concede one thing. She was certainly persistent. But not in any direction he was willing to go. He glanced at his watch. “Listen, Doc—”

“You can call me Anna.”

He stepped away from his desk. To his amusement, she dropped her death grip on the chair and took a step back.

“Anna,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure. But I’m afraid it’s getting late—”

“And you have plans,” she finished for him. “Of course. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to take up so much of your time. Do you have a few minutes this weekend? We could work out the details by phone.”

“Actually—” he glanced at the laptop still open on his desk. Screw it. He’d given practically the same speech three years in a row, since the first Talbot Fellowship summit. And the pile of paperwork that never seemed to get any smaller would still be there even if he took an evening off. “Are you hungry? There’s a pub down the street that serves great burgers. We can continue this conversation over dinner.”

Meet the Author

Jill Blake loves chocolate, leisurely walks where she doesn’t break a sweat, and books with a guaranteed happy ending. A native of Philadelphia, Jill now lives in southern California with her husband and three children. During the day, she works as a physician in a busy medical practice. At night, she pens steamy romances.

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Release Day Blitz: Melting Into You by Laura Trentham #Giveaway

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Book Title: Melting Into You
Author: Laura Trentham
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 3, 2015
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Alec Grayson returns home to Falcon, Alabama, to rebuild his life after a knee injury ended his NFL career. As the Falcon high school quarterback coach, Alec’s love for the game is reignited. Meanwhile, he puts his hard-partying past and the betrayal of the people he trusted most behind him, and adopts a hard demeanor. That is, until a spitfire artist with soulful eyes and a body that haunts his dreams gets under his skin and threatens to crack his armor.

Lilliana Hancock is forced to leave her struggling-artist lifestyle in New York and return to Falcon after her father’s unexpected death leaves her a decrepit family mansion. Determined to use her skills to turn the home into a successful bed and breakfast, Lilliana is stopped at every turn by the town contractor, who happens to be Alec, the gorgeous and arrogant jock to whom she lost her virginity in college. Except Alec doesn’t remember, which infuriates her. Too bad she can’t forget the way his body felt against hers or how his heated gaze follows her…

Will they be able to put their pasts behind them for a future together?

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The moment she’d been dreading. Without offering an excuse, she led him to the Pepto-Bismol bathroom. She propped a shoulder against the doorjamb instead of following him into the tight space.

The handheld machine he used let out a series of beeps as he checked the outlet. He grunted and dropped to his knees to check under the cabinet. Even from the doorway, Lilliana could see the tangle of wires that Carl hadn’t known what to do with.

Pulling out a flashlight and crunching his shoulders into the tight space, he muttered, “Good Lord.”

Having your inspector utter calls to the Almighty didn’t bode well. After a couple of minutes of grunting, he clicked off the flashlight and reversed his shimmy. Would she need to tear the wall out? Rewire theentire upstairs? She waited for the crushing blow to her plans.

“Dammit!” He jerked as he ducked his head out from under the cabinet. Crouching on the nauseating pink tiles, he fingered a tear in his shirt. Blood oozed, but she couldn’t tell how long or deep the scratch was.

“Goodness, how bad is it?” Falling to her knees, she tugged his shirt out of his pants, lifting it to reveal his wound. She traced smooth, firm skin alongside a long, shallow scratch. Her voice creaked a little. “It’s not bad. Let me dab on some ointment, and I can stitch the tear in your shirt. It’ll only take a minute.”

She went to work on his shirt buttons from the bottom, her breathing pacing faster to match the beat of her heart.

“Stop. I’m fine. I have other shirts.” His words sounded rushed, panicked.

He grabbed at both her wrists, but the movement only flipped his shirt apart, exposing the bottom half of his chest. Something dark edged from the checked cotton. He froze, his hands loosening. She finished working his buttons open and spread the shirt to expose his entire chest.

“Oh. My. God.” Her words compressed out of lungs that held no air.

She wasn’t in shock from the defined muscles of his chest. That she’d expected. It wasn’t even the sexy dusting of hair trailing into the waistband of his pants. What hypnotized and held her rapt was the enormous tattoo that covered one side of his torso.

The vibe was difficult to nail down. Tribal with some Picasso cubism thrown in. Script played peekaboo along his side, obscured by the shirt hanging on the curve of his shoulders. What words would a man like him pick to inscribe on his body? One thing was certain—his tattoo was a work of art. Now she was less interested in his warm, man-scented skin than what was drawn on it. Impatiently, she pushed his shirt off his shoulders to hang at his elbows.

The tattoo extended to his shoulder and over his upper arm, stopping at mid-biceps like a permanent sleeve. In all the football practices she’d attended, he’d never revealed his ink. Unlike the boys or other coaches, he wore long-sleeved workout gear and used a towel tucked into his shorts to wipe away sweat, but she’d chalked his habits up to being a quarterback and needing a protected throwing arm and dry hands.

Never in a million years would she have guessed what preppy, uptight Alec Grayson had up his sleeve. Literally.

“It’s old. From when I was young and stupid. Most of my teammates in Philly had tats and I thought I was the sh—” He muttered to cover the curse word and ran a hand through the top of his hair, mussing the regimented style. “I’m planning to get it lasered off.”

“Don’t you dare!”

Clarity struck like a shot of adrenaline to her heart. He was ashamed or at least embarrassed by the tattoo. With trembling fingertips, she skimmed the outer line of a dark black swirl of ink tracing the muscle of his pectoral. At first contact, the muscle jumped, and he flinched away as if in physical pain.

“Don’t you dare,” she repeated in a whisper leaning in to follow the line with her lips.

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I was born and raised in a small town in Northwest Tennessee. Although, I loved English and reading in high school, I was convinced an English degree equated to starvation! So, I chose the next most logical major – Chemical Engineering- and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years. Now I live in South Carolina with my husband and two children. In between school and homework and soccer practices, I love to get lost in another world, whether it’s Regency England or small town Alabama.

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Release Day Blitz: My Best Friend’s Stepfather by Opal Carew #Giveaway

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Book Title: My Best Friend’s Stepfather
Author: Opal Carew
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: November 3, 2015
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From New York Times Bestselling Author Opal Carew

I knew this story could launch my career, but I never thought it would lead me down a path of sin and decadence…bondage and submission. He was my subject; I became his slave.

Ashley’s first lead feature as a reporter should have been simple: interview Darien Gallagher, a real life Dom, for a magazine article and launch her career as a leading journalist, but with Dare, nothing is ever simple… Mysterious, wealthy, sexy as sin, and completely off limits, Ashley knows she shouldn’t crave his touch, his kiss, but she does. Even though he’s her best friend’s stepfather…

What started for Dare as a lesson in domination suddenly has become so much more. He knows Ash is younger, more sheltered, friends with his former stepdaughter, but he can’t deny the spark between them, even though he knows it’s wrong.

With every word, every lesson, Dare tests Ash’s resolve and pushes her boundaries. While Adam, Ashley’s boss, has her craving things she shouldn’t. The assignment that was supposed to land her on the top is about to topple her to her knees.

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“So how do we get started?” she asked as she sat on the couch again.

“Stand up and come over here.”

At his tone, she instantly pushed herself to her feet and walked toward him.

“Good. As I told you, a submissive follows her master’s commands instantly and without question.”

The word master sent a shiver down her spine. During these sessions, Dare would be her master. He would command her to do things. She had no idea what those things would be.

“Now turn around. Slowly, so I can look at you.”

She turned, aware of his gaze gliding the length of her body. Why had she worn such tight jeans? She should have worn something more business appropriate.

What would his orders be? As she continued to turn, an image flashed through her mind of sitting on a chair in front of him, totally naked. In the image, he leaned forward and with his gaze gliding down her torso, commanded her to open her legs.

“Stop.”

She stopped turning, facing him again.

“Pour me a glass of wine.”

His gaze shifted to the bottle of wine and the single stemmed glass beside it. She stepped forward and picked up the bottle, then poured the dark burgundy liquid into his glass. He held out his hand and she picked up the glass and handed it to him.

He nodded, then took a sip.

“Would you like some?”

She nodded.

“The proper response is, ‘Yes, Master.’”

Her gaze darted to his. “Uh . . . yes, Master.”

“Come over here and kneel in front of me.”

She drew in a deep breath. A part of her wanted to rebel, but a stronger part wanted to do exactly what he said. With shaky legs, she walked toward him, then knelt on the plush carpet. She was only inches from him. His strong, masculine aura surrounded her. Exciting her. Heat pulsed through her.

He held his glass to her lips and tipped it up. She sipped the dark, tart wine, then swallowed as he drew the glass from her lips.

The wine warmed her throat as it went down.

She was so close to him. Kneeling in front of him. Being like this sent all kinds of raunchy images through her head. She found herself wondering what it would be like to stroke her hand along his thigh to his crotch. To glide her hand over his cock and feel it swell. To tug down his zipper and reach her hand inside.

“Would you like more?”

Oh, God, her raging hormones demanded so much more. But he was talking about wine.

“Yes, Master.”

If she hadn’t been on her knees already, she probably would have dropped to them at the intense arousal washing through her at saying those words. Yes, Master. Right here, right now, she was his slave.

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As a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of erotic contemporary romance, Opal Carew writes about passion, love, and taking risks. Her heroines follow their hearts and push past the fear that stops them from realizing their dreams… to the excitement and love of happily-ever-after.

Opal loves crystals, dragons, feathers, cats, pink hair, the occult, Manga artwork, Zentangle, and all that glitters. She earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and spent 15 years as a software analyst before turning to her passion as a writer. She grew up in Toronto, and now lives in Ottawa with her husband and three cats. One of her sons just finished a Masters degree at Sussex University in the UK and is now pursuing a second Masters at Carleton University in Ottawa. The other son just finished his undergraduate degree at Carleton University. Yes, mom is proud!

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Release Day Blitz: Christmas in the City by Various Authors #Giveaway

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Author: Various Authors
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 2, 2015
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Fourteen newly written stories by fifteen Authors in the City authors. This anthology will benefit a children’s hospital in the Florida area where the 2016 Authors in the City book signing will be held. Authors in the City is hosted by Stephanie’s Book Reports.

Waiting for Midnight – Samantha Chase

Maddie’s wishing for a little holiday magic with her sexy neighbor Noah.

White Christmas – AJ Harmon

Lisa, a happy and well-adjusted 14 year old, decides that it’s time to meet her birth parents.

April and Erik haven’t seen each other since high school graduation 12 years ago. How will they react when they are both invited to a Halloween party? They are about to come face to face with the past they are both still trying to forget. This heart-warming novella celebrates family, acceptance and forgiveness, as hearts are healed and new bonds formed.

Holiday With Holli – S.M. Donaldson

Holli and Zack have despised each other their entire lives. A trip home for the holidays makes them pose the question… Can a few hot moments make it possible for these two to de-frost their old relationship and start a new one?

One Hot Christmas – A.D. Justice

When rock stars have too much time on their hands, they naturally turn to one thing…having a good time. A girlfriend. An ex-girlfriend. A best friend. A matchmaker. Four rock stars on tour. Plans are bound to backfire, but when they go right, it creates One Hot Christmas.

Nick – AM Madden

A one-night stand that broke all the rules. It was supposed to be one night. It was supposed to be meaningless–with no emotion. Just desire and passion. But it was so much more… By definition, a one-night stand is simply a sexual encounter lasting only a single night. Meaningless, mindless, detached fornication without an expectation of further relations. Each party then resumes their lives as if never having met the other. On a snowy night in Chicago, Nick and Angela had a one-night stand…and rewrote the definition.

Coming Home – Taryn Plendi

She wanted a one night stand. He wanted more. Iowa winters can be brutally cold, but when Ella Marks and Matteo Lazos get together, the results are sizzling. When life is up in the air, sometimes coming home for the holidays is the only way to find solid ground.

Tangled in Tinsel – Mariah Dietz

Christmas is in three days, and I have eight states to cross before I get home. Mother Nature and kismet have joined forces in an attempt to ruin this holiday season as flights across the East Coast have been canceled due to a snowstorm. I hate traveling nearly as much as I hate the snow.

How is kismet involved, you ask? Carter O’Brien is trying to get home as well. Do you know what I hate more than snow and traveling? Carter O’Brien.

Stay Awhile – Gia Riley

Garrett Kristoff’s living the life he’s always wanted, yet something’s missing. As a well-respected surgeon, he’s seen it all. But even he isn’t prepared for his next case. Should he tempt fate or play it safe? There’s too much on the line to get it wrong. Megan Campbell’s married to her high school sweetheart. Their entire world revolves around their beautiful little girl. But seven years into their marriage, tragedy strikes, revealing her husband’s secrets. Life can change in the blink of an eye. Will Megan hold onto the only man she’s ever loved, or accept the truth that will change her world forever? This Christmas, they could all use a miracle.

White Midnight – Shari J. Ryan

Christmas isn’t the same anymore, but at least I still have my little tree and the two unopened gifts that will forever haunt me. That’s what Christmas is to me now—sadness and bad luck. But then I met Bex in the middle of a blizzard in the mountains of New Hampshire (Did I mention I’m from Florida?). A chance encounter with this ruggedly good-looking mountain-man might just make me question how bad my luck really is.

A Holiday Discovery – Ellie Keys
Maria, a reporter, is in the center of a big story while on a trip. The decision: adventurous holiday or career goldmine?

Christmas Letters – Christina Benjamin

Rae has never loved Christmas much. Bouncing from place to place in the foster system didn’t afford her very fond holiday memories. This Christmas is proving to be one of her most difficult yet when she starts to receive mysterious letters counting down the 12 days until Christmas. At first she thinks the letters are just a prank, but whoever is sending them knows startling details about her life and most recent failed relationship. Will the clues from the cryptic letters leave her broken hearted or could this be the Christmas miracle she’s been waiting for?

All I Want for Christmas – Misha Elliott

All Adrianna Lutz wants is for the holidays to be over. This year an unexpected prize sends her to the Caribbean with her best friend, brother and an unexpected guest. The boy who was once the bane of her existence. Seeing him face to face brings back unwanted feelings. To Eric Wayne, Adrianna was nothing more than the annoying little sister of his best friend—until the night they shared an amazing kiss. Now she’s all grown up and all he wants is her. Will time in paradise with Eric be what she needs to bring back the holiday spirit?

Repairing Christmas – Sidonia Rose

The presents are wrapped, the semester is finishing up, and it’s almost time for Christmas.

Christmas has always been the same, quiet and cozy at home. Miranda is changing things and

spending this Christmas with her boyfriend, until he becomes her ex-boyfriend and breaks their

plans. Christmas for Glenn is about family and their annual holiday party. Until he meets Miranda and discovers that some things don’t have to be broken to be fixed.

Finding Christmas – Elizabeth Hayes & Ashlee Taylor

Christmas hi-jinks & practical jokes are all fun and games until someone’s water breaks.

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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AJ Harmon was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. She currently resides in Oregon, USA, with her husband Brad. They have two grown children, her pride and joy, and a dog named Max. An avid reader of the Romance genre, the books in her personal library range from historical to erotica and everything in between. The bookshelves in her home are filled with a variety of authors and she is humbled to now be among their ranks.

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S.M. Donaldson is a born and raised Southern girl. She grew up in a small rural town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the kind of place where everyone knows your business before you do, especially when your Daddy is a cop and your Mom works for the school system. She married one of her best friends at the age of 20 and has one son. She is a proud military wife, has always had a soft spot for a good story, and is known to have a potty mouth. At the age of 31, she decided there was no time like the present to attempt her first book. Sam’s Choice was born and she hasn’t stopped since. If you are looking for a good, steamy, Southern set romance with true Southern dialect, she’s your girl.

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Ashlee Taylor has always loved to read. She was practically born with a book in hand. She even wrote short stories and vignettes for fun at age eleven. As she grew up reading was put to the side but the book Fifty Shades of Grey brought back the love of the written word. Swallowing every book she could get her hands on while befriending authors. Eventually becoming a beta reader and helping authors work out critical scenes and plot progressions. Through this process, Ashlee decided to write the stories in her head.

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Amazon Best Selling Author, A.M. Madden’s debut novel was Back-up, the first in The Back-Up Series. The series includes Back-Up, Front & Center, Encore, Backstage, and The Devil’s Lair Novella. She has also written two stand alone novels, Stone Walls and The Shortstop.

A.M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels, and now an author. In her books, she aspires to create fun, sexy, realistic romantic stories. She wants to create characters that the reader could relate to and feel as if they know personally. A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while raising teenage boys.

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A.D. Justice is the best selling author of the Steele Security Series (Wicked Games, Wicked Ties, and the upcoming Wicked Nights), the Crazy Series (Crazy Maybe, Crazy Baby), and the Dominic Powers series (Her Dom, Her Dom’s Lesson). When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her own alpha male character in their north Georgia mountain home. She is also an avid reader of romance novels, a master at procrastination, a chocolate sommelier, a twister of words, and speaks fluent sarcasm.

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Misha Elliott is a romance author who uses writing as a way to entertain, release, and educate. Her books have given her the opportunity to discuss and release emotions that run deep. She is a lover of life and reading. Once a northerner she now calls the sweet state of Alabama her home. Where she lives with her husband, two cats, and two dogs. When she isn’t at the beach reading a book with her toes in the sand, you can find her at book events wooing the readers.

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Gia Riley enjoys writing New Adult and Contemporary Romance. From the small but mighty state of Delaware, she’s a lover of all things romance – a firm believer that everyone deserves a happily ever after.

When she’s not writing, you can find her roaming the aisles of Kirkland’s, up to her elbows in Play-doh, or trying to hunt down spoilers for Big Brother. She loves reality TV almost as much as she loves a good chick flick. Her newest addiction is a Starbucks iced mocha – they keep her up late, doing terrible things to her characters.

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Christina Benjamin

A little about me: I was born in GA, grew up in PA and now live in FL. I went to Flagler College, Keystone College and The University of Central Florida. I have a degree in Criminal Justice and English. I love writing, blogging, the outdoors, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, biking, books, movies, pirates, Disney, food, travel and my little dog.

I strongly believe in finding what makes you happy and doing it. I’ve taken a leap of faith and am now following me dreams of being a full time writer in St. Augustine. I’ve met so many wonderful people in my journey as the author of The Geneva Project. I love to visit schools and speak to children about my books and the importance of literature and cultivating the spirit of imagination.

My hope for The Geneva Project is that one day, with each book I sell, I can donate one book to a school or program in need of reading material for children.

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Mariah Dietz lives in Eastern Washington with her husband and two sons that are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.

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Taryn is a lover of books and wine, usually enjoying them together. Writing has been a way for her to step away from chaotic reality and live a bit through her fun and sometimes damaged characters. You will almost always find a Happy Ever After at the end of her stories. She can’t help it, it’s an addiction.

She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, but cherishes those quiet nights after everyone is asleep when she can curl up on the couch to read with her geriatric dog. (Shh, don’t tell…He’s not supposed to be on the couch.)

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Ellie Keys is an author of mystery and thriller novels. The characters of her stories are loud, exuberant and controlling when it comes to demanding her attention. The personalities that come out on paper give audience members insight into the reason why she is a little off center. She loves writing, reading a good book and losing herself in a great movie. Ellie is thrilled to be able to share the stories from the wealth of works that she has created. There is a great deal in store for lovers of mystery and thrill seekers.

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Sidonia Rose lives in suburban Maryland with her family. Sidonia has a long love affair with books. She started early by memorizing her Dr. Seuss books read to her, so she could read them to her parents instead. She is often found with a book in her hands or a couple of books so she can lend to a friend. You can often spot her by her toe shoes.

After a long career homeschooling she continued onward to pursue her love of books by writing her own books. Love Shots is her first novel released in 2014.

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My name is Elizabeth Hayes and I am from the Midwest. I have a few things I just happen to obsess over those include Hot pink and Zebra print, Unicorns, and cupcakes, and Books, I love to read and get lost in a book. I have thought about writing for a long time now and finally started to put words down. Ashlee and I are both new at this and our first book Finding Salvation is going to be thrown out there for you all to read. I must say I am having a hard time with this. I am the type of person that likes to know the outcome before I do anything. I want to know that this is going loved by most of you. The thing is I know that this book is going to be hopefully liked by some, hopefully loved by some, hated by some and just ok to some and I think I am finally ok with that. I am stepping out of my comfort zone. I hear that is a good thing. But with everything time will tell. So there you go! If you want to know more just ask.

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Shari J. Ryan is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author, a Barnes & Noble Top 10 Bestselling author, and an iBookstore #1 Bestselling author. She hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates.

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Release Date: October 31, 2015
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– She dreamt of him before ever meeting him.
– He found her when she needed him the most.

When Leona sees the guy she dreamt about, she decides not to approach him out of bizarreness of the whole situation. Faith, on the other hand, seems to beg the differ, and redirects him, Nathaniel, toward Leona again in her time of need.

Nathaniel, a police officer who’s been on the hunt to find his little brother’s killer for over a year now, turns out to be a dream guy in real life too. And while things are going great between him and Leona, someone is out to ruin his life and crush his dream to avenge Isaac’s, death.

Will their love conquer all obstacles that are about to come their way?

Find out in Incredible Dreams…

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A short time later, a noise in the living room woke me up. I had to blink a few times before I could fully open my eyes but as they opened, I could make out a silhouette standing in the corner of the room. It appeared to be a man, fully dressed in black. “Nate,” I called out, hoping it was him. There was no answer, and his powerful stare seemed to drain my will power.

A cold air rushed through my body just seconds before it went numb. The figure began walking slowly towards me and, had I not known better, I would almost think that he was floating—something like they do in those creepy horror movies.

Please, get it together, Leona. Focus on moving your body and get ready to run.

My phone rang then, and I wanted to pick it up so badly that I could imagine myself doing it. But as much as I tried to, I still couldn’t move anything but my eyes. The closer he got to me, the more desperate I became to get my body to move. I couldn’t take it anymore and I sure as hell wasn’t going to sit by and watch him attack me, so I closed my eyes and started praying that he would just get it over with already. Breaking eye contact did wonders. I could feel my muscles relaxing and a few seconds later, I didn’t feel as drawn to him anymore; I could finally move.

I was just about to make my grand escape when my phone started ringing again and this time, I could turn to see Nathaniel’s name on the Caller ID. I was so glad! I avoided eye contact with whoever was coming my way and answered quickly. “Na-Nate there’s someone in the house with me–” was all I could manage before said person grabbed a hold of me and knocked the phone right out of my hand.

“Be still,” his creepy voice mocked me while I attempted to free myself from his tight grip.

Next thing I heard was the sound of the front door breaking down. Nathaniel burst into the room with his Glock in extended hands. “Let go of her, you son of a bitch!”

Alexandra walked into the living room right after him with a baseball bat in her hand. “What the hell is going on in here?” Her eyes almost popped out of her head when she saw me in the stranger’s clutches. “Let go of her!” she yelled angrily as she took a step towards the man.

The coward took advantage of the situation by pushing me into Nate’s arms and disappeared into the darkness. Alex didn’t waste any time and tried to rush after him, only to be stopped by Nate. “No Alexandra, stay with Leona, and the two of you go check on Alyssa for me.”

Nate was fuming all the way over to Alyssa’s bedroom. “Did he hurt you? Did he touch you? Did you see his face?” I’d never seen him so angry, the man was literally shaking with fury as he told me: “Stay here, okay … I’m gonna go and check out the house.”

I shook my head. “No! Are you crazy? I am not going to leave you out here alone, Nate.”

But it wasn’t up for debate. “I’m serious, Leona, even if you hear anything don’t come out, okay? Please, promise me that you won’t try to interfere; I need you and the girls safe.”

I reluctantly promised him and proceed to knock on Aly’s door … there was no answer. Not wanting to wait for an invitation, I walked in and turned on the lights, and as I did so, the scene in front of me made my heart turn to ice. Alyssa was sound asleep, but there was someone in the room with her. He was standing beside her and was touching and smelling her. He turned his face to look at me and dropped his hand to his side. It was him. Still wrapped up in black clothes and some kind of mask on his face that only showed his eyes and his mouth. He started walking towards me with a creepy grin and the way he did it made my skin crawl.

I screamed. I screamed so loud that my own ears began to whistle. Alyssa woke up in a haze and started screaming alongside me when she saw him. The man stopped in his tracks, turned back around and quickly put one hand around Aly’s neck and the other over her nose and her mouth to stop her from screaming her lungs out.

Alexandra snapped out of her shock and lunged at him with the bat. He ducked and it went straight over his head. Her surprise attack knocked him off balance and he let go of Alyssa before he hit the floor. Before he had the chance to stand up, I jumped on him from behind and started pummeling him with my fists. But he was too big and in seconds, he’d flipped me over and had me pinned.

Alexandra sneaked up on him again, but he sensed the move and yanked the bat from her grip. Screaming, he took a swing at her and cracked her right on the knee with it. She stifled her grimace and pulled a kitchen knife from her back pocket and brandished it in the air. “Let go of her, you bastard!” she yelled.

The intruder smiled and tightened his grip on me. This infuriated Alex even more and she ran at him with the blade. Unable to keep hold of the bat and me, without getting stabbed, he let go of us both and tripped Alex with his foot, causing her to stumble. He took advantage of her fall and grabbed her by both wrists. She tried to struggle out of his grip, but he stole her protection and held the blade against her throat. As he pushed the metal against her skin, Nate appeared with his Glock on the side of the stranger’s head.

“Drop the knife and step away from her. Now!” he ordered.

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My first romance suspense! Felida created a PYT (pretty young thing) in Nate, a young and sexy law enforcer. The heroine Leona goes on such a ride with suspenseful twists and turns, never leaving a dull moment in the journey. The chemistry between Nate and Leona is steamy. The best thing about this book is the way Felida weaves in multicultural characters. You see a little bit of every culture and race. I love it! My best to S.E.! ~ 5 Stars, Love Belvin


S.E Felida Incredible Dreams was “Absolutely Astounding”. It was like watching a movie unfold capturing every scene perfectly. From the amazing plot, to the impressive imagery and visualizations throughout the story “Simply Brilliant”. Incredible Dreams weaves together a mysterious storyline and addresses Leona’s childhood struggles, which leads to her mistrust in men. Meeting Nathaniel the man of her dreams, Leona is instantly enthralled. Nathaniel is the epitome of a soul mate; he is compassionate, sexy, strong and has a beautiful soul. Leona is beautiful, sweet, caring, and loves with her whole heart. The main couple share this intense connection that is beyond words, their souls are connected. You feel their love for each other despite their past and the pain they endured. Leona’s love is an addiction to Nathaniel in its rarest form; their love is completely consuming mind, body and soul. Every character in this story is haunted by their past in some way shape or form, they all have scars that they try to conceal emotionally. Leona, Alyssa, Alexandra and Naomi are true soul sisters that are determined to get through life with each other’s support. Their bond is truly amazing and relatable. Incredible Dreams is romantic, sexy, suspenseful, and highly emotional. It is a story that signifies that we all get second chances at loving and living. S.E Felida, I am beyond speechless how you captured each emotion effortlessly pain, heartache, tragedy, abuse, family friendship and love and turned it into one of the most beautiful stories I have read. Omg the ending off the story took me by surprise, I think I had a mini heart attack but I loved every minute off it. Perfection. Cannot wait to read Book Two Irrational Behavior. ~ 5 Stars, Stracey Charran Ishwar

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Book Title: Luminoso (The Luminara Series, #4)
Author: SJ Molloy
Genre: Erotic Romance Suspense
Release Date: October 27, 2015
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This is the ultimate love story. This is the most tragic love story.

Heart and soul.
His light.
Our light.
Luminoso.

Lexi’s tormentor and ghost of her past is back—with a vengeance. Michael Parks won’t stop until he lures the pretty little lamb to his merciless slaughter. He’s looking for justice and will show her no mercy in his twisted, brutal plan for revenge.

She can run and play house, but she can’t hide forever. Her fate is sealed, and Michael will ensure she suffers a tragic and horrific death.
Lexi will pay dearly for her sins.

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When Lucca discovers Lexi’s stepbrother has skipped Australian parole and is in Scotland, taunting her and leaving signs, he impulsively takes Lexi and her mum Grace back to Tuscany.
Lucca vows to protect them both, taking extreme measures to ensure their safety while trying hard to provide a stable and positive life for them both.

They break. He breaks.

Between running his successful empire, Osurac Industries, and keeping everyone back home in Scotland safe until Michael has been apprehended, Lucca needs to love his dolcezza like never before—because she’s never needed him more than she does right now.

Recently discovering Lexi’s pregnant only makes Lucca more possessive and attentive, especially as Lexi doesn’t have the easiest pregnancy. He’ll go far and beyond to care for her, worship her, and make her happy. But life won’t be simple. Another unravelling twist in the plot will define their future. Forever.

Life in Lucca’s Tuscan farmhouse will be challenging, testing Lexi, Lucca, and Grace while Michael hides from the police and special forces.

Uncertainty. Paranoia. Unwanted stress.

Not only will their lives be threatened, but their private life will be compromised as the ruthless press digs into Lexi and Grace’s past. After a shocking scandal is leaked, creating a worldwide frenzy, Lucca and Lexi are exposed and under intense scrutiny.

Lucca will do whatever it takes to respect his girl’s privacy and safeguard her heart. Lucca thinks he knows what’s best for Lexi, but a new revelation ignites a fire inside her he can’t control.

Tragedy and a broken heart gives Lexi new strength and a brand-new backbone. She must take the reins. Knowing what she needs to do, and demanding his support, she pushes him to his limits.

In an explosive and heart-stopping turn of events, you will be shocked beyond belief.

Can Lucca keep Lexi safe?

Will she fight and face her demons, or surrender to the darkness once more?

Only Lucca’s lust, love, and light will give her strength, but is it enough?

You think you’ve read it all … you haven’t.

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“ … You have never felt an unyielding love. A love so powerful that you would move heaven and earth just to please the woman of your dreams, the woman you fall in love with at first sight. It is an instant attraction, a pull and hold on you so forceful that it consumes your dreams, your mind and takes the breath from your lungs. When you find the right woman, the woman who steals your breath, touches your soul and sets your whole body on fire, then you give her all of you and you do what the Caruso men do best, you worship her, romance her and show her love like no other.”

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The thought of sharing intimacy with this remarkable woman sears my insides and warms my heart so much I feel it ache. Ache for her. Ache to get high on her, under her, with her, and inside her. Inside her heart.

Holding my breath, I move the sexy wave from her cheek feeling her tremble under my touch, but this time … her eyes are fired up with burning lust. She feels the chemistry too. She is trembling with desire. I gasp filling my lungs inhaling as much of her as I can before I leave.

So this is what it feels like to experience instant attraction to a woman who steals your breath from you, blazes you inside and touches your soul.

Just to make sure she is in fact real, I look over my shoulder dipping my head to steal something from her … another glance.
Love at first sight.

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SJ Molloy, British Author of ‘The Luminara Series’ was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a young child, her family moved and raised her in Lanarkshire, Scotland where she currently resides with her husband, two daughters and her energetic, hyperactive loving gun dog who is utterly spoiled.

When she is not writing or reading, spending time with family and friends or exercising and walking her dog, SJ loves all things practical and creative. Dancing, music, cooking, travelling, good food and wine and painting are her favourite past times along with laughter, lots and lots of laughter.

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