Thursday, July 31, 2014

'Love on the Edge: Nine Shades of Romantic Suspense' ~ 9 novels ONE low price!


Nine shades of Romantic Suspense... Love and danger go hand-in-hand in this boxed set of nine full-length novels by nine award winning, bestselling authors. From second chances, explosive chases, and payback, to mob bosses, telepaths, and private investigators, we’ve got a story for the beach, the doctor’s office or a cozy evening at home.

~~EVER HOPEFUL by Lori Ryan~~

Fate and second chances... a woman running for her life takes refuge on a ranch with a compassionate man but she will need more than his tender touch and understanding heart when her past resurfaces, ensnaring her in a deadly web of deception, betrayal, and murder.

~~THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Diana Layne~~

FBI meets Mafia Princess. She owes her father for everything. For chaining her to the family business, for killing her fiancé, destroying her mother, and taking away a lifelong friend. Payback's a bitch.

Read an excerpt:

FBI meets Mafia Princess:

Dave sat up straighter when she entered the bar. Sandro had promised the
contact would have useful information and be immediately recognizable,
but he never specified male or female. Was this his informant? Carlo
Peruzzo's daughter. The Mafia princess herself.

Her gaze scanned the room until she saw him. Though her lips were pressed in a straight
line, a sparkle flashed in her eyes as if she knew just how she had
shocked him.Dave realized his heart rate had kicked up a few notches
when their eyes had locked. His jaw would have dropped if he hadn't been
the kind of guy trained not to show his emotions.

She walked purposefully toward him, making her way through the crowded tables.
Black designer jeans hugged nice curvy hips, and her full breasts were
covered with a pink plaid, pearl-button western shirt. Interesting color
choice. A leather belt wrapped around her waist, and his focus
narrowed. Best he could tell the belt was pink, too. And there were some
kind of pink jewels inlaid in the buckle.

He hid a smile. The only thing that would complete the color coordination was if she had
on-he looked down, yep, pink cowboy boots. Pretty-in-pink cowgirl-Mafia
princess. That certainly wasn't an image he expected to see. With her
head high, and her gaze fixed on him she seemed unaware-or unaffected-by
the attention she garnered. And she certainly got a fair share of
stares. He saw more than one man pause with a drink halfway to his
mouth, head swiveling to keep track as she walked past.

Dave had never seen the high-and-mighty Mafia daughter in anything other than
expensive business suits, with her hair pulled back and her makeup
understated, but tonight she wore this chic knock-off cowgirl look well.
With her dark wavy hair swinging free around her shoulders, her smooth
olive skin glowing, and lips a luscious color of pink to match as well,
she could raise the lust level in a saint.

Dave was no saint.

~~THE LAST ENEMY by Pauline Baird Jones~~

Romance, she wrote, not murder, but when she witnesses a murder and then her safe house is compromised, she has to craft a survival plot if she’s going to survive long enough to testify. On the run from guys good and bad, there’s no time for romance…or is there?

Read an excerpt:

The sun climbed slowly at first, finally springing free of the mountains to throw warm light across the park bench Dani had been sitting on since the first rush of adrenaline gave out. Dry air felt cool against her face, the polar opposite of New Orleans in August. It was pleasant to be dry instead of soggy, to sit gazing at a spare aspect rather than a lush one.
She wasn’t afraid. She had seen Dark Lord leave, chillingly confidant that he’d completed his bloody task. No, this was shock. She should know. She’d been here, done this when her baby died—
In a tree above her head, a bird trilled a cheerful morning song. Startled by the sound, Dani looked up at the tree and got blinded by the painful yellow halo of sun behind it.
It shouldn’t be there, not after what happened.
“Dismantle the sun, pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods: For nothing now can ever come to any good . . .”
The poem by Auden emerged from the past. Right for the moment, right to remember it now when she was once more a surprised survivor in life’s lottery. Richard had read it at Megan’s funeral ten years ago. There seemed a perverse symmetry in linking the poignant past to the painful present. Richard was such an important part of both, more so even than Steven, his brother, who was Meggie’s father and Dani’s ex-husband. Odd to know now, when it was too late, who was important and who wasn’t.
Odder to be alive when she should be dead. Three times should be out. Sure wasn’t a charm to find herself once again upright and looking at death. The three deaths swirled through her mind on the other side of shock’s cushion, beckoning her to join them where fear and pain no longer ruled. Soon . . .
She heard a muted roar as a fire engine trundled the length of the park across from her, then turned ponderously into the flow of traffic. She had watched it arrive. Now it was leaving, followed by the ambulance carrying the bodies of the men and woman who had died to keep her alive.
When it was out of sight, she picked up her backpack from the park bench with the same automatic reflex that made her grab it from the closet floor and added it to the weight of their deaths on her shoulders.
Glad to still be in shock, she turned east, toward the rising sun and the cluster of skyscrapers that was downtown Denver.

~~HIDE'N GO SEEK by Dale Mayer~~

A twisted game of Hide’n Go Seek forces an unlikely alliance between a no-nonsense FBI agent and a search-and-rescue dog handler… with hidden psychic abilities.


Sometimes the guy is taught to do very bad things... When a Mafia Don’s daughter demands answers she ends up entangled with a trained assassin, and suddenly, she’s running for her life.

~~LOVE ME IF YOU CAN by Marie-Nicole Ryan~~

He is all business when it comes to running his family’s PI firm. But when a lovely detective comes to question him about his possible involvement in her cold case, he has everything but business on his mind. Like locking lips with the fiery redhead.

Read an excerpt:

Tess took another bite of pizza, her silver gaze never leaving his. “You going to help me out or not? Forbes is your client, after all.” Her voice rose and, again, heads turned in their direction.
“Calm down. I’d like to live long enough to walk you home…and maybe get a good-night kiss.”
Taking a deep breath, she leaned back and signaled everything was cool. “You want to walk me home and kiss me good-night? How sweet.”
Her soft tone mocked him, but he didn’t care.
“Like we’re high school sweethearts.” She wrinkled her nose, but her eyes shone with moderate good humor.
“Would you rather I said what I was really thinking?”
Her lashes fluttered briefly, then she eyeballed him directly. “Maybe. Depends on what you were really thinking.”
He lowered his tone a notch. “About pressing you up against the wall and having my way with you.”
For a second, her gray eyes flashed silver.
Damn. He was a goner—as in, he’d gone too far. Said too much. Too soon.
She leaned forward. “I’ll have you know I don’t engage in up-against-the-wall, wild animal sex on the first date, not that this is even a date.” Her tone was matter-of-fact, but her cheeks flushed a pretty pink. Maybe he could still pull his nuts out of the fire before they went up in smoke.
“A guy can always hope,” he said, without a chance in the world she wouldn’t kick him to the curb. Or have one of her fellow officers do the honors.
“A guy can hold his breath…until he turns purple.”
“I can see I’ve put my foot in it. I’m sorry… But damn, the sight of your mouth. Your skin. Your eyes. Dammit. You’re driving me up a wall.”
“Another reference to the wall? Would that be the same wall?”
“Bad choice of words.”


~~ALL IN THE NAME OF LOVE by Margaret Taylor~~

A prominent LA Lawyer and a hot Hollywood actor fight off the Mob, uncover secrets worth dying for and make the ultimate sacrifice to answer the question, how far would you go?

~~MEANT FOR HER by Amy Gamet~~

A code only she can break... A military man only she was made for... And hiding in plain sight. A coded message brings them together, but its secrets hold the power to tear them apart forever.

~~DARING TO LOVE by Kathryn Jane~~

A woman who reads hearts… A man who reads minds… And a voice from the darkness forcing them together... again.

Read an excerpt:

Her eyes darkened like the ocean in a summer storm as she
battled the emotions. He waited. Watched her posture straighten, her shoulders
drop to a relaxed position. She wiggled her fingers as though to release the
tautness within.
“So, is this just a coincidence or are you here to pick me

“Want a ride somewhere?”

She stared out over the water, seemed totally lost in
thought for a long minute, maybe two, before she responded. “Why don’t you cut
to the chase and tell me what orders Mike gave you?”

Well, hell. That didn’t leave him much room to maneuver.
“Would you settle for the condensed version?”

She still didn’t spare him a look, but nodded.

“Find her, take her wherever she wants to go, and don’t be
an asshole.”

Liz smiled. “Well, that seems fairly straightforward, but I
don’t want a ride. I’m going to play tourist for the day. I’m officially on
leave until midnight. So you can toddle on back to your plane, and go away.”

“Not gonna happen.”

“About the asshole part?”

“You bring out the best in me.”

“Then I should stay away from you.”

He stepped into her space, and to her credit, she held her
ground. “We need to talk.” Only Liz could reduce him to saying those words and
meaning them. He grabbed her hand. “You can create a big fuss in front all
these nice people or you can pretend you want to come with me. Your call.”

9 full-length books for one low price!

About the authors:

Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance with a kick of suspense in each book. She lives in Austin with her extraordinarily patient husband, two beautiful children, two dogs, and a cat.

Wendy Ely is an award-winning, USA Today best selling author who writes some romantic suspense, really hot stories, and the wonderful happily-ever-after. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her own real-life hero, three teenagers, and two crazy cats. When she isn't busy writing new stories, she enjoys time outdoors by taking trips to the hot desert or swimming at the lake.

Amy Gamet is USA Today bestselling author and a former math teacher who learned writing about bad guys is a heck of a lot more fun than solving trigonometric equations. She has three kids, a house full of pets and laundry, and a handsome stud of a husband who regularly offers to model for her book covers.

Award winning author Marie-Nicole Ryan loves reading and writing about of sexy lawmen; PI's, FBI agents, police detectives, and even the odd sheriff or US marshal. And to make things more confusing, she can't resist adding a dose of family drama to the mix.

Award winning author Kathryn Jane loves the mysteries of extrasensory perception, the Pacific Ocean, the color turquoise, her two obnoxious cats, muttly, and her own frog, um, make that, Prince Charming. She loves writing about intrepid women and the men who dare to love them.

Dale Mayer is an international and USA Today bestselling author who never learned to write on the lines and now can't write in a box. Her stories explode across the genres providing hours of page-turning entertainment .

Diana Layne is an award-winning author of historical romance and contemporary suspense. A homeschooling mother of six, she balances her hours between nurturing her children and killing off bad guys.

Margaret Taylor currently lives in San Antonio, TX and is scratching post for her five cats. She is an avid writer, a novice photographer and enjoys all things paranormal and science fiction! Just ask her, she'll tell you! With a little something for everyone, if you visit her blog and ask nicely, she might be persuaded to post some tasty excerpts for many of her other projects! *Bring Cookies as payment please!*

Award winning author Pauline Baird Jones blames her love of fictional mayhem on her four brothers. She loves writing about strong women and the hot heroes smart enough to fall for them. When she's not going Godzilla on her characters, she is a wife, mom, and grandma.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

'All About You' by Joanna Mazurkiewicz

About the book:

New Adult Romance
Date Published: March 7, 2014

I start hating Oliver just after his older brother Christian’s death. I drag him down a road of humiliation and pain to try to cope with what his brother did to me.
A few months after Christian’s passing, Oliver leaves town, and for the next two years, he is absent from my life. The demons claw their way back in, and I must learn to live with the secret that has destroyed me.
Now I’m starting a new life, away from Gargle and away from my past, but everything crashes when I see Oliver the first day at university. It’s clear that many things have changed since we’ve been apart. Now he is captain of the rugby team and the most popular bloke on campus. 

Then he makes a bet and gives me an ultimatum: I leave Braxton forever and start somewhere else, or I stay and play his game… because he’s never forgotten that it was me who ruined his life two years ago.

Read an excerpt:
We cross the path walking towards the entrance. I switch my bag, as my arm starts to ache, and drag my main suitcase behind me. We both notice the group of students throwing the rugby ball to each other outside on the grass. Dora is already playing with her hair, pretending that she is struggling with her luggage, probably hoping that any of those blokes would give her a hand. I roll my eyes, ignoring her moans, and move ahead. For a brief moment I feel someone’s eyes on me, so I stop and turn around.

One of the guys who was throwing the ball is staring directly at me. His eyes squeeze shut and a fire spreads over my spine. He seems familiar, but I shake my head, knowing that I don’t know anyone in Braxton and the sudden blaze of heat is just in my imagination. Dora manages to get the attention of one of the guys and they start chatting away. This is just so typical of her.

“Pass the ball, Jacob,” someone shouts behind me. But I ignore that voice, which sounds so familiar, heating up the blood that runs through my body. I think about back home. Mum asked me to call her when we reach Braxton just to make sure that we arrived safely.

Then something hits me hard in the back of the head and I let go a loud “Owww!” and turn swiftly around. I spot the rugby ball on the grass and reach out to massage my head. I narrow my eyes, spotting the same guy who was staring at me a few second ago. He is smirking.

“What’s your problem?” I ask, my jaw tense with anger.

He doesn’t look sorry at all that he hit me with the ball. He is tall and muscular. His dark hair is cut close to his scalp. For some reason the “special forces” haircut suits him. He is too far ahead so I can’t see the color of his eyes, but his gaze is pulling me to him like he is made of a magnet. Jeans hang low on his hips and his white T-shirt is dirty, probably from rolling on the grass. I glance back at his friends who are staring at me, startled. Something isn’t right here—he obviously wanted to hit me on purpose.

“Well, who have we got here? Isn’t it the one and only, India Gretel?” he says loudly, like he wants to make sure that everyone hears him. 
“Do I know you?” I ask with impatience, eyeing him from head to toe. A large whacky grin appears on his handsome face. Something in his eyes tells me that we already met. His eyes harden on me as he picks up the ball and closes the gap between us. He has a wide jaw and full beautiful lips.

“Don’t fucking tell me that you forgot about me already, Indi?” he asks, smirking. “Boys, let me introduce the biggest bitch that ever stepped in Braxton.”

I blink rapidly, staring at him, digging all my memories out or anything that could tell me if I’ve seen him before, but I get nothing.

“Oliver, who the hell is that?” asks one of the guys walking up towards him. Dora probably notices my little show because she approaches me, looking equally confused.

“India, who is that douchebag?” she asks, frowning.

Oliver. That name rolls in my head like a snooker ball. It curls my toes and increases my heartbeat. It’s like a poison that crawls into my pores and wrecks my body. His name brings on both good and bad within me. It’s the name that I have been trying to forget for the past two years.

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About the author:

Joanna Mazurkiewicz was born in Poland. She moved to United Kingdom when she was only nineteen and just finished high school. She had aspired to be a writer upon completion of the Harry Potter series but also enjoyed reading books like ‘Gone with the Wind’, ’Animal Farm’ and ‘The doll’. She graduated from Swansea University with a bachelor degree in American Studies. While studying in the UK she made a decision to start writing fiction in English. 

The “Whispers of the Sprite” is her first debut novel and she is currently working on other projects. Joanna lives in Cowbridge, a small town in South Wales near Cardiff with her boyfriend Bruce. She enjoys cycling around Welsh countryside some of which has become the settings in her first series.





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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

'Summer's Deadly Kiss (A Vampire Inheritance Saga Novel)' by Cate Farren


A new adult paranormal romance.

Life for Clover Kwon couldn’t be much worse. A year has passed since she witnessed the brutal death of her boyfriend, Frankie, and even with the help of a therapist she is unable to come to terms with what she saw that night. Not only did she lose Frankie, but Clover’s best friend, Saskia, hasn’t spoken to her since. It doesn’t help matters that her mother is a raging alcoholic, her father is a philanderer and everyone in her hometown, Chapel Green, Maine, thinks she’s crazy. And she’s apt to believe them.

Jared Van Clayborne seems to have it all. He is a gorgeous, newly-turned vampire, an heir to a fortune and his mentor, Sutton, is the daughter of Dracula. On the inside, he’s a mess. Atrocities he’s committed in the past year torture his thoughts, he is miserably failing high school and has no hope for the future. Jared is forced into counseling, but because he must keep his vampirism a secret, it hasn’t helped.

Jared makes a desperate decision one night, but fate brings him face to face with Clover, a girl he had a crush on when they were in elementary school. A passionate magnetism draws them to one another. They both have secrets, but find solace in each other’s arms.

Things begin looking up when Clover is finally reunited with Saskia. The young women are determined to figure out what happened to Frankie, and launch an investigation to bring those responsible to justice. As Clover and Saskia start piecing together clues, it draws the attention of some powerful individuals and puts their lives, and everyone around them, in jeopardy.

When Clover uncovers the dark truth about Chapel Green’s inhabitants she is torn between vengeance and love for her greatest enemy. Now, not only is her sanity at stake, but also her life.

Summer’s Deadly Kiss is book one in the The Vampire Inheritance Saga.

Warning - This books contains sex, violence, bad language, and hot vampires.

Read an excerpt:
“I could stay like this forever,” said Clover. “I could stay with you forever.” 
“Me, too,” said Jared. 
She stifled a laugh. “I’m being silly. We only really met in person last night.” 
“It doesn’t feel like that to me.” 
“Me neither.” 
He leaned in to kiss her just as a light spray of water from the sea washed over them. His lips were soft, caressing her own gently at first, but she pressed harder, wanting to feel him more. She felt his tongue tickle hers, and laughed, breaking the kiss. 
“Are you okay?” he asked. 
“I’ve never been kissed like that before,” she said. “It might as well have been my first kiss.” 
She hated herself for saying it as soon as the words escaped her mouth, but they were true. She’d liked Frankie, and still felt guilty about his death, but his kisses had never thrilled her. Jared’s kiss was like fire.

“I wish you were my first kiss.”

'When We Love' by G. Whitman (Proceeds from sales to be donated)


** 50% of net sales from 5/18/14 to 8/31/14 to be donated to organization in story. ****
"I care about you Lauren, but I can’t just jump back into things with us. Look you needed time, now I need time.”
“Time for what?”
“Time to figure out if I can trust you. I’m not a part-time guy. When I love and care about someone, I give myself completely. That’s what should happen when we love someone.”
“Hank please…”

Lauren's life has been about her job teaching and raising her daughter. When her daughter goes off to college, Lauren finds herself alone for the first time in years. Now when she finally takes time for herself, she meets a local painter, Hank Waters.

Hank Waters loves to paint and when his creative juices don't flow, he shell fishes. The women he meet are usually interested in one thing- money. When he meets Lauren, she's like a breath of fresh air. Someone who shows some interest in him and someone who he finds captivating as well as pretty.

As their relationship develops, they need to recover from old feelings and old relationships. Will Hank's ex be a threat?
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Free read! 'The Consultant (WLUV #1)' by Jayne Blue

Book Description:

With THE CONSULTANT Jayne Blue introduces you to WLUV, the television station with nothing going for it but hot on-air talent. THE CONSULTANT is a sexy, contemporary romance that leads off the WLUV series.

Macy Green shows up at WLUV after a spectacular scandal. She was the nation’s hottest investigative journalist until her famous sports caster boyfriend publicly dumped her to knock-up America’s favorite perky morning talk show host.

Now Macy has been bumped back down to local news, this time as THE CONSULTANT. It’s Macy’s job to fix loser television stations, that’s where WLUV comes in. WLUV is populated by a quirky cast of characters and is in the ratings basement. That’s why station owner, Wes Thompson, wants to shut it down.

WLUV’s one last chance before Wes sells it for parts is Macy Green. Macy Green’s one last chance at love is Wes Thompson, if she can stop fighting with him long enough to realize it.

Will the ratings go up? Will WLUV survive? Can a network hotshot find true love in local news? Find out in The Consultant.

WLUV – TV where passion is always the lead story!

Includes a bonus excerpt of The Rookie Reporter – WLUV Book #2

From the author:
This series is very steamy and set in a local newsroom. Fans of Bella Andre's Sullivan Series will love these books. Each is set in the same world but follows different characters.

Author Bio: 
I am a Jayne of all trades! I've worked in media and law. I married my high school sweetheart and am mom to three boys and one girl who I SWEAR is Gilda Radner returned. Along with worky work I've been band mom, theater mom, football mom, and reading room mom. I write witty smut and sizzling love stories.

'Surrender to Ryan' by Cassandra Black


After splitting up with her son’s father, Vincent, who she still has feelings for, the last thing on Destiny’s mind is a relationship. A fling maybe, but a relationship? Never. But things may change when she meets the handsome war hero, Ryan Colby, during a long-overdue night out with her girlfriend, Porsha. Not only is Ryan handsome and oozing with sex appeal, he’s modest, kind, and a perfect gentleman -- and, unlike her son’s father, he’s a “grown-ass” man who seems to know how to appreciate a good woman.

Author Bio: 

Cassandra Black is a writer, publisher and entrepreneur. A resident of Atlanta, she travels frequently to the tropics to enjoy the Caribbean Sea. She has penned several romance novellas, a children's picture book, and a plethora of real estate and small business publications. Her joy is reading and writing stories that delve into the often forgotten trials, tribulations, souls of women. See a full list of her books on Amazon.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

'Falling Into You (Geek to Chic Series #1)' by Nikki Brinks


What happens when the lives of a clumsy bombshell and a forever in control hotty computer geek collide, literally?

As Roni Atlas is escorted from her work after being fired she trips, which is nothing new for her. What is new is the fact that on her way down to the ground she crashes into a hunk of a man. Roni lands right on top of the man. Looking up to apologize, she realizes she has just knocked over the man she has been lusting over each morning at the coffee shop. Can her luck get any worse?

Derek Callaway is blown away by the blonde now straddling him. In all honesty he has been blown away by her for the last six months. Being an insecure nerd he never approached her. Once again he misses his chance to ask her out when she stumbles off.

However, fate intervenes one more time to bring these two together later that night when they run into one another at a local bar. Just like last time, fate has a painful way of using Roni’s clumsiness to bring them together.

Will this be another disaster of a relationship? Or will this be the relationship they both have longed for?

***This book contains steamy scenes between a former geek turned hotty and a clumsy woman that will knock your socks off. As well as a few laughable and a few cringe worthy moments of total clumsiness. We can’t forget the best friends who may or may not kill each other.***

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About the Author

Nikki Brinks is a native of Colorado. She lives with her husband, two sons and a few crazy pets in the suburbs of Denver. Nikki has been an addict of romance novels of all types for several years. She is best described as a hopeless romantic. She began writing short stories and poetry in elementary school and continued to write as a hobby into throughout her life.

Beyond writing her life revolves around her two boys and all the chaos that comes along with raising boys in a state known for having a wonderful array of outdoor activities.

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Twitter: @NikkiBrinks


Saturday, July 26, 2014

'Stolen Dreams' by Sanet Smit


As the curtain rises, Renate Orbit-Reese, darling of the dancing world, steps onto the stage … only to collapse moments later. Her daughter Ilze panics, and in her headlong dash to get her mother to hospital, runs over a man standing in the road next to his vehicle.

When the media gets hold of the story, Ilze’s private life becomes a nightmare of speculation and insinuation.

In the dramatic moment when Ilze crashed into the stranger, he in turn crashed into her heart. Somehow she must explain her feelings to her long-time partner and enter a new world where she discovers the true meaning of love.

But the road to happiness is not easy. Why does a sensitive secret emerge after so many years? And how does Ilze know who to trust?

Read an excerpt:
Turn around, Ilze, go back. You don’t belong here …
Her heart beats faster and faster as she walks slowly into the room. Ilze is sure that it can be seen. A green curtain was drawn closed yet with natural light from behind the silhouette of a human being laying there. Upon closer peering a raised leg in plaster stood out…
Oh Ilze, what have you done?
As she pulls back the curtain, she looks at the man, guilt written all over her face, but gets thrown off guard when he looks back just as intently. She finds it hard to breathe. Her heart skips a beat and her body is paralysed while he keeps her captive with his eyes. The smile that takes over his face just adds to the instant charm of the man.
Dark beautiful eyes. Yours burn into mine. You hold me prisoner. I feel useless. I’m afraid I’m going to fall and be lost forever.
There is silence around her, as though time has stopped. Was this what it was like to get lost in emotions? What was it like to breathe?
I’m drowning in your eyes and I don’t want it to end.
They are staring at each other. Neither having the power to find the ability to speak, and break out of this spell. This is a craziness she’s never experienced before. It’s sweet; a dream she’s always just read about; the age old story of love at first sight. How will she ever get her heart back again? Did she want it back after this?
I was a leaf in the wind, predictable in my own world. There was no sunshine; it was cold; constant and consistent. Then suddenly, when my eyes fell upon yours, there was silence. A silence wished for but never achieved. The wind calmed and I knew it was you I was waiting for.

About the author

Growing up in a self-created imaginary world, Sanet Smit wrote her first story at age nine.

She was born in a small town, Three Rivers – a suburb in Vereeniging, South Africa. She did a short writing course in 1991 at the University of Potchefstroom, South Africa. She also completed a creative writing course in 2006 at the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies and scriptwriting for TV & Film in 2011 at Stotts Cengage Education, New Zealand.

Her future plans include writing romantic novels for an audience of people who like romance and human interest stories. She would also like to continue writing for children of all ages. She has also started writing television and film scripts.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Review of 'Just Desserts (A Perfect Dish Duo Novel)' by Tawdra Kandle



When her friend Julia needed help forming a revenge plan against her ex-boyfriend, Ava was happy to lend a hand. She never expected that in the course of making Liam pay, she'd be the one to fall hard. . .for the one person who was absolutely off-limits. Crushing on the guy who humiliated her best friend is definitely against the girl code.

Besides, Ava has goals. Her life is all about graduating with honors and landing the perfect job. And Liam Bailey—sweet-talking, complicated son of a well-known local politician—isn't part of those plans.

But Liam doesn't give up easily. And he doesn't intend to let their friends' opinions, his parents' disapproval or Ava's past get in the way of what he wants--Ava's heart.

**My thoughts**

I went through a gamut of emotions toward the characters while reading this book. I found the situation to be somewhat familiar, as I remember dealing with such men and craziness in the good ole college days. That bad boy who broke your best friend's heart, yet was so appealing to you...

I didn't like Liam for a long time. He did Julia wrong in the first book, 'Best Served Cold.' All of the stories about him being a player made me wary of him. Again, I have seen men like this before. Plus, his persistence, while some may find endearing, could also be annoying. I think he knows what he is doing, but his past makes it seem more trustworthy. Eventually, though, I did come around to him.

I really liked Ava. She is strong and determined. Her back and forth regarding her feelings for Liam made me want to scream. In the book world, it is so much easier to quickly make up your mind. But the vacillating felt so much more realistic than other books. The heart wants what it wants and can often be in direct conflict with your head. One may rule over the other at any given moment in any given situation. Perhaps it made me crazy because I saw so much of myself in the situation?

That doesn't mean that it making me crazy was a bad thing. In fact, that was one of the "realest" books I have read in a long time. The situation is familiar. The characters are familiar. Ava telling her side of the story in first person only helped to draw me even more into the story, placing me directly in her shoes. Her thoughts were my thoughts. Her actions were my actions. I got it.

'Just Desserts' is a great compliment to whatever you are doing to relax. This is probably the first one of Tawdra Kandle's books that I haven't read while enjoying margaritas, but it was still a fun read. It helps to have read 'Best Served Cold,' but it isn't totally necessary before enjoying this tasty treat. If you read this one first, you will definitely want to read the first one to figure out what had gone so wrong!

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Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since the invention of the pen. Her first published work appeared in Child's Life magazine when she was 13. After a brief, thirty-year hiatus, she published a young adult quartet, The King Series. More recently, she's released contemporary and paranormal romances in both the adult and New Adult genres. Tawdra lives in central Florida with her husband and children, of both skin and fur types. And yes, she has purple hair.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

'Evelyn Behind Bars' by Loren Davis


Evelyn’s sex life is nonexistent, until she secures her spot in a federal penitentiary. Incarceration affords her some much needed time to sort out her issues with her body and self-image, in addition to satisfying certain carnal urges. Between the ensemble of hungry prison guards and her circle of lesbian friends she’s got no shortage of distraction, but will life behind bars lead her down the path to redemption or darkness?

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Chapter 4

THANKFULLY LIFE in a medium security women's prison doesn't always feel like prison. In addition to the frequent sexual encounters I was having with the guards, usually two to three times a week, there was my job. As much as you'd like to just sit and around and stew they make you work, and for me that meant teaching. For three hours a week I assisted the teacher, another inmate named Dawn, in teaching basic accounting and finances to a revolving group of women. She read the lesson plans, I printed the materials and did the grading, pretty easy stuff. Everyone has to have a job, whether it's working in the kitchen, the laundry, the library, or teaching. And everyone is allowed an hour a day of instruction, if they want it. All the teachers are inmates, so the system is self-sustaining, but the quality of the instruction often uneven. 
Dawn was friendly but distant. I had seen her hanging around the lesbian crowd so I assumed she was one too. The line between heterosexuals and homosexuals wasn't severe, but it was there. People in prison, like people on the outside, tended to stick to their own. But we're women so we're much more accepting. I never detected a sense of hostility towards the lesbians as a group, that came on the individual level. Some people just don't do different. 
She was very pretty, and there was something very natural about her beauty. It came from her eyes and her smile. She must have been about forty years old. She had brittle pale blonde hair that was cut halfway down her neck. She kept it pulled back against her head so that it flared out at the back and surrounded her head with a kind of dense straw cape. Her lips were thin, her skin dry and clear. She had soft green eyes. 
I was sitting alone in the lunchroom one day when she sat down across from me. We had a window of about an hour and a half when we could eat, not everyone was crammed into the room at the same time. It had been almost two weeks since my so-called friends gave up on me. I looked up and gave her a pleasant smile, expecting she had something work related to tell me. But I was wrong. 
"Prefer to be alone?" she asked. 
"No, it's ok." I tried to think of a reason why I was alone but I couldn't. 
"You've been here about five months?" 
"And two days. Does everybody keep track?" 
"Depends. Do you play poker?" 
"I don't know how." 
"Me and some friends play in the afternoons, the booths in the back of the library." 
"I've seen you. I'm in there a lot." 
"You should come and play with us sometime. It's just for fun, everybody's at a different level. You can just watch at first if you want." 
"I like card games, I used to at least, been a long time since I played." 
"Come by sometime." 
"Thanks for the offer."

She lingered for a moment then smiled and left.

I wasn't too surprised by Dawn's offer. I had been ostracized, I knew it, and everyone else did too. But I was proud, so I didn't want to appear too eager. I may have been acting without regard to my situation, namely that I shouldn't piss off the other girls lest they think I was getting special privileges, but I couldn't help it. I had never had much attention from men, so it felt nice. And I was proud. One thing my parents instilled in me, a powerful sense of self. I went after what I wanted, I served my self. I grew up on the poor end of middle class, and my parents worked hard to get that far. I wanted success, comfort. I guess I'm a fighter. 
Did I think that Dawn was making a pass at me by inviting me into her group? No. I figured she felt sorry for me. I had no idea how she would end up affecting my life.

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Author Bio:

Loren Davis has a recurring dream about being in the ocean with a hungry shark. He'd like to think that dream sharks aren't pure evil and that he's got a chance, but only time will tell.

Aside from writing he likes to daydream, cook (and eat) BBQ, and read poetry. The best things in life, he believes, take time to digest. He hails from the American South. His new favorite musical group is Sara and Tegan.