Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Pinstripe Lust by Niraj Sharma

An undercover cop falls for the sister of the mobster he’s investigating.

Tony Vergotti enjoys his upper crust, elite status. His luxury menswear store is just a front for his real business—organized crime. New York is always buying and bosses always need clean money.

With his beautiful sister running the store, Tony knows he’s untouchable.

But when she starts seeing a new man named Vin, Tony’s danger sense begins to buzz. The guy smells like a rat. As his sister and Vin fall head over heels for each other, Tony’s torn between being a good brother and protecting his business. Will Tony have to kill his sister’s lover? Or is his gut wrong about this guy?

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Niraj Sharma has always spent the majority of his time involved in academia and working alongside his family's newspaper publication as an assistant editor based in Toronto, Canada. In keeping in contrast with these two aspects which served him both in a professional and academic light, this is also where he developed his love and fondness for the creative world of writing. In keeping with the path to pursue this passion, he had many ideas in his mind which explored the concept and topics of love, fatality, poetry, philosophy, and of course, fiction. With combining all of these different ideas, it forced him into a state of being trapped in a deep writing frenzy which thus gave birth to his first-ever novel, The Penthouse. Niraj, however, is not stopping here, though, as he is continuing to his life's passion for writing and has big plans for the arenas of nonfiction, poetry, and self-help books to come!

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Heaven by Bobbi Smith

A seductive and charismatic Englishman? An archaeologist on a dangerous journey? What will happen when the two of them embark upon this together? Check out an excerpt from Heaven by Bobbi Smith and then download your own copy to find out. Follow the tour and leave your questions and comments along the way. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

For archeologist’s daughter Alexandra Parker, the Crown of Desire isn’t just a priceless and mysterious artifact—it could mean the difference between life and death.

And to find it, she must embark on a dangerous journey in the company of a man she hardly trusts. Wealthy Englishman Winn Bradford is seductive, charismatic, and the last person she should fall in love with. But Alex, too, has a secret—one that puts Winn’s safety at risk, and will force her to choose between loyalty and an extraordinary love…

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Winn knew Alex would be angry when he told her the truth, but it would be easier to face her anger than to let her continue to believe that she had tempted him from his vows. He made his way toward her cabin and found her standing at the rail, gazing across the river.


Alex had been lost in a dream of Father Winn, reliving that one precious moment when they’d been just a man and a woman with nothing to keep them apart. She gasped as she recognized his voice and seeing him again set her heart racing.

“What do you want?”

“We need to talk. Please, invite me in.”

“All right.”

Winn followed her inside her cabin and waited as she closed the door.

“Alex, there’s something I have to tell you.”

“No, Father Winn, please…I shouldn’t have kissed you. It’s just that…I care about you deeply. So as far as I’m concerned our kiss never happened.”

Winn gazed down at her, wondering how he’d gotten himself into such a mess. “Alex, I should have told you this long ago, but until tonight it was impossible.”

“I don’t understand.”

“I came to you tonight dressed this way for a reason. As you can see, I’m not wearing a collar anymore.”

She was shocked. “You can’t forsake your vows!”

“Alex,” he said softly. “I’ve taken no vows.”


“I’m not a priest. My uncle, Edward Bradford, was the priest. I’m Winston Bradford. I couldn’t live with the lie any longer or with the pain I was causing you.”

He reached for her and drew her to him, his lips capturing hers in a slow, tantalizing kiss.

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Hi everybody!

I just wanted to tell you a little about the story behind Heaven. When it first came out, I was honored to have David Alan Johnson, the very first Romantic Times Cover Model winner, as my hero on the cover! What fun! David and I did book tours together and had a great time meeting all our fans. I’m including a picture of David’s cover for our blog tour. Hope you enjoy Heaven!

Bobbi Smith

About the author:

After working as a department manager for Famous-Barr, and briefly as a clerk at a bookstore, Bobbi gave up on career security and began writing. She sold her first book to Zebra in 1982.

Since then, Bobbi has written over 40 books and 6 novellas. To date, there are more than five million copies of her novels in print. She has been awarded the prestigious Romantic Times Storyteller Award and two Career Achievement Awards. Her books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, the USA Today Best Seller List and the Wal-Mart Best Seller List.

The rights to Ms. Smith’s books have been sold to China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Russia and Sweden. Bobbi has also written two faith-based contemporary novels – Haven and Miracles – using the pseudonym Julie Marshall.

Bobbi Smith will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A Music Playlist for Just Outside of Hope by Ron Kearse

I love music as much as I love to read. I love it when authors use music to help tell the story. Today, author Ron Kearse shares with us the playlist for his new book Just Outside of Hope. Be sure to tell him what you think of it in the comments! And then check out the excerpt and follow the rest of the tour. Best of luck entering the great giveaway at the end!


All of my novels are sprinkled throughout with music playlists. This is a constant reminder to my reading audience of the time in which the action is taking place. But I have also used popular songs for effect.

Just Outside of Hope is the second novel in my Road Without End Trilogy.

Here is a list of the songs I have included in the novel. I feel they are representative of the years 1980 and 1983, the years in which this novel takes place.

Hey Nineteen – Steely Dan: I’m setting the stage for the story with this song. One of Steely Dan’s biggest hits, this is instantly recognizable as a song from 1980.

Broken English – Marianne Faithfull: The inward tension the character Jim is feeling in this scene is highlighted by his brother Glenn putting this song on the turntable of Jim’s record player. The song slices through the air like a knife.

Upside Down – Diana Ross
Babooshka – Kate Bush
Emotional Rescue – Rolling Stones:

These three songs were put in place just to remind the audience of the times the scenes take place.

Dave Brubeck: The character David is, what many would have called at this time, a Yuppie. Surrounding himself with expensive, Teak, Scandinavian furniture, original art and jazz music was my way of bringing this into focus.

Happy Xmas: War is Over – John Lennon: John Lennon was assassinated just before Christmas in 1980, and this was my way of paying homage to him. Jim’s Brother, Glenn is playing this song alone in his music room and laments how much John Lennon’s passing signals both great loss, and great changes coming.

Desperado - The Eagles
Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
I Missed Again – Phil Collins: 

Once again, these songs were placed where they were to remind the audience of the time the action was taking place.

Take It to the Limit – The Eagles
The Eagles is the character Mickey’s favourite band, and it felt like a good song to end Jim’s story within this novel.

She Blinded Me With Science – Thomas Dolby
Time – Culture Club
Der Kommissar – After the Fire:

The second part of Just Outside of Hope opens in 1983 with the character Bert being released from Jail, and returning to a city that has totally changed. Even the music on the radio has changed with the popularity of British Synth-Pop in full swing. I felt these three songs illustrated that beautifully.

Overkill – Men at Work
Once again, this song is purely to remind the reader of the times the action in the novel takes place.

Our House – Madness
This was the perfect song, and the description of the accompanying video in the novel, that showed the arrival of Much Music in Canada, as MTV did in the USA. The characters Bert and Givens are almost mesmerized while watching this video being played on video monitors in a pub.

Islands in the Stream – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
One Thing Leads to Another – The Fixx:

Again, these songs are to remind readers of the point in time this story was set.

Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In – The Fifth Dimension
Theme from The Love Boat:

These songs highlight the opening scenes that take place during the Tacky Tourist Cruise, and the dominant characters are drag queens who are performing for the audience before the Cruise gets underway.

Blue Monday – New Order:
How could I not include one of the most popular songs during the summer of 1983? This is being played by the DJ during the Tacky Tourist Cruise…just before everything goes sideways for the main characters, Bert and Givens.

Stand Back – Stevie Nicks
A great tune to insert just as the novel is ending. This song is playing on the radio as the two characters Neil and Bert leave Vancouver driving to Toronto to begin a new life together.

Ron Kearse
Road Without End Trilogy

Just Outside of Hope, the sequel to Road Without End, moves through the early years of the 1980s. It takes us from the Canadian Prairies to the pubs, bath houses and nude beaches of Vancouver, British Columbia.

It is now September 1980 and ex-Lieutenant Jim Whitelaw is dealing with the guilt he feels from the fall out of a military tribunal, and lingering family issues which make things worse. But just as he feels he's getting his life together, cracks appear once more and he has to make some serious decisions.

Meanwhile, in a matter of a moment, Jim's friend and sometimes lover Bert Gilhuis, finds himself trapped in a serious situation that eventually sees him set off on new adventures in Vancouver.

These are two more stories in the continuing series of the lives of gay men who lived through the most exhilarating and terrifying of times.

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Is this what it feels like when you wake up after sleeping for what seems like twenty years? It’s been four months since I’ve finished my prison sentence, and it still feels like the time I’ve spent inside has been some kind of bad dream.

When I went into prison in September 1981, Calgary was a boomtown where there were good jobs to be had everywhere. Now here it is May 1983, and as I walk around town, I see apartment buildings that are almost empty, for sale signs on the front lawns of houses, and I’m hearing too many stories of people leaving to get jobs in Toronto. What happened? This drastic change occurred, and I feel like I was asleep. To top it off, it’s been another frustrating morning at the Canada Manpower Centre because I’m limited in the jobs I can apply for due to the criminal record I now possess.

In spite of all that, it’s late spring, the sun is shining, and I feel okay. After being confined for eighteen months, I appreciate what a great feeling it is just to walk down a city side street and enjoy the sun whenever I want to.


Ron Kearse lists travelling, photography, art, reading and history as his main sources of inspiration.

An artist, broadcaster, actor and writer, Ron has a colourful and varied work resumé.

Having lived a nomadic life, Ron has finally settled in Victoria, BC where he lives with his partner James Howard.

Just Outside of Hope is the second installment in the Road Without End Trilogy, he has also published a photo book of Vancouver Street Art in the mid-1980s called Lost History.




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Monday, June 8, 2020

Stormed (Forever Guam Book 2) by Paula Quinene

Flash back to the 1990s in this new romance from Paula Quinene. I have an excerpt for you to read before you download your own copy. Be sure to follow the tour for even more. And then, of course, there's a great giveaway at the end!

A medical doctor educated in the United States, passionate and fierce Liz Taimanglo must now fulfill her promise and return to her island home. Liz makes the long flight across the US and the North Pacific Ocean to Guam, uncertain of what her future holds. Heading into the epicenter of her family and prime typhoon season for the Mariana Islands chain, the disquiet of her heart threatens to do more damage than any typhoon might inflict on Guam. Little does Liz know, the man featured in the newspaper would indeed unleash delicious torment rivaling even a Category 5 super typhoon.

Manny Artero is adamant about fighting for his island, his culture, and the rights of Guam’s Chamorro people, after having been fired from his teaching job. That is, until Liz walks up to him with her machete-wielding eyes and her undying respect for the American military. Manny had vowed never to risk his heart again and to become a more vocal activist, but this woman threatens to challenge all his intentions about love and life on Guam. Brushing off the safer choice, he plots a series of surprises to change her mind.

For Liz, becoming a doctor of medicine was supposed to be the right path, but her universe imploded when her training failed to save the life of the most important person in her world. Though a former US Marine, Manny could no longer accept the loss of land, rights, and freedom that Chamorros continue to suffer in their own homeland. Helpless against the strengthening attraction between them, Liz and Manny must face not only their opposing political views, but the storms stirring in their hearts and the very land upon which they stand.

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Liz stared at his hand as he held it out. His laughter fueled her desire. He was standing close enough that all she needed to do was take one step toward him. I want to kiss you. The ache between her thighs surged. She’d been fighting it off all day. And now that they were alone. What’s wrong with me?


He had moved even closer. I haven’t had sex in forever, that’s what’s wrong. He was too close. Her forearms rested on his pecs, and the rhythm of his chest rising and falling glued her against him. His arousal grew on her belly. Lips. Lips were so close she could see . . . Ah. He tasted of burnt sugar. Coconut. Smelled of barbecue. The strength of his hands seared through her T-shirt. Reserved yet wanting. His tongue, giving and taking. Manny’s breath was as erratic as her own. Lord help me. The nipping of his teeth on her lips. His arms flexing tighter around her rib cage and shoulder. Just this once. I want this. I need this. No, no. You can’t. He won’t . . . Naughty and nice struggled within her. The dance of their tongues, the heat of their arousals, the tensing of their muscles. He didn’t seem to mind. The memories resurfaced. Of distaste. Confusion. Rejection. Of him. Stop. The disgust in his eyes, even years past, was so visible. She pushed against Manny’s chest and untangled her tongue from his.

“I’m sorry,” Liz said, standing a foot from him, trying to tame that side of her. “I shouldn’t have kissed you. I was overwhelmed with this place.” She gestured with both hands in midair. “It’s beautiful, and romantic. This isn’t like me.” Liar.

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Born and raised on Guam, Paula Quinene continues to take pride in her Chamorro heritage. The Chamorros are the native people of Guam and the Mariana Islands. Paula, like many of her fellow islanders, left home to pursue a higher education. A resident of North Carolina since 2000, Paula’s homesickness has resulted in her Guam cookbooks, A Taste of Guam and Remember Guam, and her Guam romance novels, Conquered and Stormed.

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