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There comes a defining moment in every young person’s life that irrevocably shifts their point of view. For a new teacher who still compares herself to her students, it’s a missing girl and a false accusation that could cost her more than her career. For a young man who settles into a rut that not even his broken marriage can pull him out of, it’s a drifter’s gun to his head. For an idealistic college student, it’s her parents’ divorce pulling back the curtain on who they really are, shattering everything she thought she knew about love. And for a recovering addict who’s not ready to change, it might just be an unhappy ending to her illicit affair.

In Perception, discover five captivating stories that explore what it means to be a new adult.

Perception, a New Adult anthology is coming 9/10/14

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Happy Book Birthday Keeper vs Reaper!! w Giveaway!

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I love this author and I am so thrilled that I get to spotlight her newest release!! And I happen to get luck because this amazon links came up a few hours early, so I’ve also purchased this little package of awesomeness! :) Now, let me show you the goodies so I can tell you about this spectacular giveaway!! 

Keeper vs. Reaper

Keeper vs. Reaper

Graveyard Guardians

Book 1

Jennifer Malone Wright

Genre: New Adult / Paranormal 18+

Publisher: Jennifer Malone Wright

Date of Publication: August 12th 2014

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Cover Artist: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography

Book Description:

When her father died, Lucy Mae Estmond inherited the family business. She has known all of her life that she would be in line to watch over the souls of the recently passed, keeping them safe from the Reapers.

The soul eating Reapers have been a plague upon the Earth, stealing souls and leaving the Keepers as the only thing that stands between Heaven and Hell. The factions despise each other and have warred for generations.

Then Lucy discovers an ancient legend predicting the arrival of the Chosen One, destined to bring forth an end to the Reapers. The surprises continue when she realizes she is that person. For Lucy, being the Chosen One doesn’t change much. Fighting Reapers is just another day in the life of a Keeper.

When she meets Jack Walker, they both realize they have an insane, mutual attraction. Too bad that he’s been sent to prevent the prophecy from coming true.

His only mission: to kill the Chosen One. 

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Long Excerpt:

Inch by painstaking inch, the casket sank lower into the freshly churned earth.

The scent of lilacs floated on the breeze, along with the heavy stench of perfume and cologne, reminding Lucy of the fragrance aisle in a department store.

Lucy stood beside the grave, dressed in a modest royal blue sundress. She had chosen it specifically because her father always said the color looked the best against her hair, which was a mix of reddish brown that shone burgundy in the sunlight.

Tilting her head up, Lucy looked through the canopy of the aging oak trees that were scattered throughout the cemetery. The breeze shifted the branches, causing a few of the leaves to pull free and flutter off into the wind. There were almost no clouds in sky, allowing the sun to shine down over the funeral.

Her brothers and sisters surrounded the open grave opposite of her. All six of them also wore something fitting for a funeral, but nothing depressing enough to send their father into a rage in his afterlife.

Smiling, Lucy remembered the argument she and her father had during his last moments. “Lucy!” he had shouted at her. “Don’t you dare let them bury me in a suit. I am not going to spend eternity in a stuffy ass business suit. Make sure I’m wearing my khaki shorts and a Hawaiian shirt because I’m going on the vacation of a lifetime.”

That was toward the end, when the cancer was so bad that her dad spent most of his time in bed, moaning about how he should be up and about doing something. They both knew that the end was near, but Lucy had cried only in private. Her father wanted her to be happy he was moving on to the next life, but she couldn’t understand in what way, shape or form, his dying was a good thing.

So she shed her tears alone in her room until there were no more left to cry.

The fog of the memory lifted from Lucy’s mind and she looked across the grave at her brothers and sisters. The entire brood of Estmond siblings were born with the same color hair as Lucy had been blessed with. Each of them, as well as Lucy and Ethan, held a white rose in one hand. Later, before the grave was sealed, they would each take a turn throwing one down onto the casket, as a symbol of their wish for their father’s peaceful journey into the afterlife.

Just behind her brothers and sisters stood the mourners who came to pay their last respects. Most of them were town’s people whom they had grown up with, except for one group who stood close together, most of them around her father’s age. These were the Keepers whom her family had been closest to over the years. She could see Gloria and Edward White, the Keepers from one of the Napa Valley graveyards standing solemnly beside Ellen and Stanly Evans, who worked in the hospital in Santa Rosa. There were several other Keepers surrounding them who she recognized and made a note to speak to them later.

Beyond them, further out into the trees, the spirits began to show themselves. They appeared in the form of their human bodies, a bit transparent, but solid for the most part. It was harder to see in the daylight, but their misty blue auras swirled around them, helping form the solidity of their bodies.

The spirits were fascinated by funerals. When Lucy was little she used to think that they wanted to say goodbye to someone, but really it was because there wasn’t much else to do in a graveyard except talk to each other and attend burials.

Pastor Brown spoke solemnly, saying kind words and telling her father’s life story. Inwardly, Lucy cursed her father for choosing Pastor Brown, a man who had not known her father and she was sure didn’t give a flying fuck about him either. Her father hadn’t set foot in church since he was a child. Not because he didn’t believe in God, he just didn’t believe in organized religion.

Sensing her tension, Ethan squeezed her hand reassuringly. Turning to her left she looked up and met her best friend’s eyes through the tint of his sunglasses. Even through the dark lenses she could see the sorrow in his eyes. He had loved her father too, just as much as any one of the Estmond clan. In response, she squeezed his hand back and then turned back to stare at the grave again.

“And now, Lucy Mae, Gregory’s youngest child, will say a few words about her father.”  The preacher cleared his throat, signaling to Lucy that it was time.

Lucy had no tears staining her face. She had cried all those tears long before the day of the funeral. Again, Ethan gave her hand a gentle squeeze and then released her so that she could reach down and withdraw the folded piece of yellow legal paper out of her miniscule handbag.

As Lucy unfolded the paper she felt like it was taking an eternity.

This day is never going to end.

Finally, the paper was open in front of her and she began.

“I know that this speech is going to sound like the speeches given for so many others who have passed on. But, when someone we love dies, we all feel pretty much the same way … so here it goes. My father, Gregory Estmond, was the best person I’ve ever known. Today, we stand here, not to mourn him, but to celebrate him. He didn’t want any one of us to be sad that he was gone. Because … he isn’t gone. He will always be with us. For those of us who spent each day with him, his teachings and his love will always be with us. He taught us love, he taught us respect, he taught us of our family heritage, and he taught us how to live.

“For those who are acquaintances of my father, you may have met him only once and you are here because he impacted you in some way.”

A few nods came from the crowd.

Lucy continued. “He had that effect on people because he had a genuine love and respect for human life. Which is not something all of us can say we have. He treated everyone the same, with kindness. 

“Because my father had cancer, he knew that this day was coming and he had time to prepare for it. We had many discussions and the one thing he consistently told me was to embrace life. He didn’t say this because he was dying, it was his mantra. This man lived every day of his life like it may be his last. He didn’t wait until he was dying to find the beauty in this world or the people in it. He was always this way.

“Remember my father, not with sadness, but with the memories he left behind. Remember him with love, with laughter and knowing that he is exactly where he wants to be.”

Lucy stepped back, reaching out for Ethan to grasp her hand once again. She eyed her siblings, none of them were crying either. Daniel, the second oldest son, reached into his gray trench coat and pulled out a silver flask. Lucy sighed and watched as her brother didn’t even try to hide it and took a long pull of the whiskey she knew was inside.

Sadly, as inappropriate as her brother was being, she couldn’t help but wish she could take a giant swig off that flask too.

It’s almost over.

“Would anyone else like to say a few words?” Pastor Brown offered.

Sherriff Davis stepped forward, he had his Stetson clutched in one hand and hitched up his gun belt with the other. As always he was wearing his uniform. The Sheriff and her father had been pretty close … well, as close as a Keeper can get to someone without that someone thinking that they are out of their mind.

“I’d like to, if that’s all right.” The Sheriff looked down into the grave before his eyes swept across the crowd of mourners. Finally his eyes met Lucy’s and she flashed him a smile meant to encourage him to proceed.

“Greg was my friend … and an old grump like me doesn’t have many friends. Greg knew a lot of people in this town, but I feel damn sorry for anyone who lives here and never had the chance to meet him. No one, aside from my own wife, Darcy, could make me laugh like Greg could. He was loyal and respectful, even if he was a bull shitter. Good grief that man liked to tell stories. Also, any man who can raise a brood of children by himself and manage to keep them all out of jail is a good man in my book.”

Lucy could have sworn that she heard Principal Robertson blow air between his lips like he was blowing a raspberry. A few people looked his way and then back at Sheriff Davis.

“That is all I got.” Sheriff Davis stepped back into the crowd.

Evelynn Andrews, the librarian at the Summer Hollow library, raised her hand slightly. She was about seventy years old, but didn’t look a day over fifty five. Lucy hoped she would age that well as the years progressed.

Evelynn pushed her glasses up her nose and closed her eyes for a moment before she began to speak. “I don’t think I can say much more about how wonderful Gregory was, but I wanted to make sure to pay my respects by voicing them. I’ve known the Estmond family all the way back to when Kathleen was still alive, as far back as when she and Greg were high school sweethearts. No one, could have been a better father to these children. Sure, they have caused a fair amount of ruckus over the years, but he did it all on his own and they are educated, mostly well behaved.”

She paused to glance at Daniel who had decided that moment would be appropriate for another pull from his flask. “And above all, Greg gave these children a sense of loyalty. Anyone who knows these kids knows that if you mess with one, you get the whole bunch of them.”

A few people giggled, even Lucy, knowing how true that statement really was.

“This may not seem like a good thing in retrospect, but a family who stays together so closely is a rare thing these days. It is to be cherished. Greg gave them this sense of family and that is something to be proud of.” As she finished, she closed her eyes again looked Pastor Brown.

“Would anyone else like to speak?” Pastor Brown addressed the crowd of mourners.

Unexpectedly, Ethan released Lucy’s hand and raised it up a little bit. “I need to say something.”

Pastor Brown nodded and held his hand out beside him. Ethan moved over to the other side of Lucy beside the pastor. “There are very few people here who don’t know who I am.” Ethan began. “Gregory Estmond took me under his wing a long time ago, when Lucy and I were both very little. My parents, who have moved away now…”

He paused and took a breath, pondering if he should let out the deep dark family secrets. Well, secrets that the whole town knew anyway. That was how small towns worked.

“They were, drug addicts and alcoholics who barely took care of me. Greg came by the house one day to see my parents for some reason and what he found was a little boy locked in his room with no food or water and his parents passed out in their bedroom surrounded by drugs and trash. The story is a long one, a long sad story. But it ended with Greg and the rest of the Estmonds making sure I always had a place to go, that I always had food. Greg even went so far as to pay me for making good grades, just to give me incentive to do well in school.”

Lucy grimaced as he told the story, hating Ethan’s parents for what they did to him. Ethan had conveniently left out the part about how her father had beat the ever living snot out of Ethan’s dad that day he found him locked up in his room half starved. It was hard to believe Ethan’s parents came from a Keeper line, but sadly, not all Keepers were immune to addiction. Keepers were human, just like everyone else.

Ethan scanned the crowd through his glasses. “No one, except for maybe the Estmond kids, owes more, or loves that man, more than I do. He saved me and I will never forget that. I hope that none of you ever forget that either.”

Ethan lowered his head and hurried back to Lucy. She immediately took his hand again, knowing how hard it must have been for him to say all that in front of everyone. He never spoke about his parents. They moved away when he was fourteen and left him alone in the house. After that he came to live with the Estmonds for good. She and Ethan were friends long before the incident at Ethan’s house, but after he came to live with them, they were inseparable.

Pastor Brown closed up the ceremony with a prayer and then the bagpipes started on Amazing Grace. Lucy stepped forward with Ethan’s hand firmly in her grasp and looked down into the dark, deep hole where her father’s body would spend eternity. Luckily, she knew better than most that his soul would not remain in that body.

She held the white rose firmly over the grave. “I wish you peaceful passage.” She released the rose and it drifted down into the depths of the hole. “I love you, Daddy.”

Ethan mimicked her actions, familiar with the meaning of the ceremony from the many deaths of Keepers past. Her siblings had moved into a line directly behind her and Ethan, tossing their roses in as well.

The other mourners milled about, giving Lucy and the family some time before they headed over to her house for the wake. She caught sight of Gloria and Ellen chatting beside the giant wreath of flowers with her father’s picture inside. She wandered over to say hello. “Gloria, Ellen, it’s been so long since I’ve seen you.”

Gloria smiled, as did Ellen. “Yes dear,” Gloria greeted her. “It has been some time. I’m sorry we couldn’t make it sooner.”

“Or under better circumstances.” Ellen added.

Lucy nodded. “Well, I’m just glad that you could make it here now. I’m sure my father would be happy that you are here now.”

Gloria and Ellen nodded, they made a bit more small talk and then Ethan appeared beside her. “I think we had better get over to the house now.” He whispered just loudly enough for the older ladies to hear.

“Oh,” Lucy checked her watch deliberately. “You are absolutely right. I’m sorry ladies, I need to get some things ready over at the house.”

Gloria smiled again, a loving gentle smile of someone she had known her entire life. “You go on dear, we will see you over there.”

With a quick ‘see you later,’ Lucy backed away and then turned to join hands with Ethan again. “Thanks for saving me. I didn’t really want to talk to them, but I had to make sure to say hello to them.”

“You doing all right?” Ethan asked, rubbing the back of her hand with his thumb.

Lucy nodded. “I’m fine.” She turned her head to try and see his eyes through the dark tint of his glasses. “How bout you. Are you all right?”

He twisted his lip up a little and she knew he was giving slight eye roll. “I’ll survive. I just miss him and all this,” he gestured to the crowd, “actually makes it harder.”

She nodded again. “I know what you mean. I feel the same way.” Her gaze strayed from the grave and focused on her house. Their home sat on the edge of the cemetery, separated from the dead by a white picket fence and about thirty yards of grass. The yellow farmhouse had been in their family for several generations, and now it was hers, as was the family business.

“Let’s head over.”

She nodded. Of course they had to get to the house. But, it wouldn’t be for relaxing. There was food to get out and serve. People would come up to her and tell her how sorry they were for her loss, or how much her father meant to them, or some awesome memory they had of him. It was going to be a very long afternoon.

Almost over, she told herself again. Almost over.

About the Author:

 Jennifer Malone Wright

Jennifer Malone Wright is best known for her short story series, The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter. Other works include the follow up to The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter series called The Arcadia Falls Chronicles and her vampire novel called The Birth of Jaiden. Jennifer also co-authors a series called Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse.

She resides in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho with her husband and five children where she practices preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Just kidding!

But seriously, between the craziness of taking care of her children, Jennifer has little time left for herself. The time she does have left, usually leading far into the night, is spent working on her beloved fiction or chatting with her equally crazy friends.

Jennifer also loves coffee, has a passionate affair with red bull, wishes the sushi were better where she lives and dances while she cleans.

Website: www.jenniferwrightauthor.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thevampirehuntersdaughter

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jennichad217

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4824985.Jennifer_Malone_Wright

 GIVEAWAY!!

Details for the Keeper vs. Reaper pre-order giveaway

-Entries will be accepted until September 1st.

- Winner will be chosen on Sept 5th.

-To qualify for the B&B stay you must live in the United States.

-You must be 21 years of age to enter and winner must be able to verify their age.

- Date of B&B stay is February 2015. The actual date will set by Jack and Lucy who will discuss it with the winner to see which days would be best for them.

- The custom wine and chocolate will be waiting for the lucky winner at the B&B

- The only items covered in this win are the cost of ONE night stay in the bed & breakfast, the wine and the chocolate, which will be waiting for the winner at the B&B when they arrive. Winner is responsible for getting to the location, spending money, meals, ect.

-Winner is responsible for any damages or incurred costs during their stay at the B&B.

How to Enter

To make this super easy, we are just going to do a rafflecopter, so click the link to enter. Again, I am going to state that you must be 21 years of age to enter and winner must be able to verify their age.

There are several ways to enter, however one is to pre order or purchase (after release on Aug 12th) Keeper vs. Reaper. Unfortunately, there is no pre-order for Amazon, but the iTunes / iBooks app and the Nook app are free to download. These apps can be used on devices like tablets, phones, and computers.

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Now for those of you not 21, but still want to enter to win, you could win a copy on goodreads HERE!! –>> https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/enter_choose_address/97374-keeper-vs-reaper

Dude, tell me you aren’t totally pumped to enter to win a mini vacation! Yes, sadly, I am not strong enough to withstand not entering. LOL Usually, I don’t enter giveaways that I am a part of the tour for, but I broke my own rules for this one, LOL Who wouldn’t :) So, now, go, go, go and enter, of course if you are 21 and a US resident of course :) GOOD LUCK! And as always Happy reading and later gators! 

Freeing Her Blog Tour w Giveaway!

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Ms A, as I like to call her, is a wonderful writer and a friend, so I just HAD to show you guys some goodies! Her newest book just came out a few days ago, and today I get to be the special kid who shows you some yummies, seriously just wait until I show what I got!! So, here we go… PS… MS ANNE!!! I’m so excited for you!!! :) LOL 

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About Freeing Her

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Freeing-Her-Hart-Brothers-Novel-ebook/dp/B00MG14B38/ref=sr_1_22?ie=UTF8&qid=1407273615&sr=8-22&keywords=A+M+Hargrove

• This novel contains mature content and it not intended for younger readers.

This is the beginning of a story… the story of two people who were meant to be together. Why? Because unknown to them, they shared terrifying pasts and the cruel circumstances of their births doomed both of them to a life of hell.

Two strangers … one night … one accidental meeting that changed their lives forever.

Gabriella Martinelli, Manhattan psychiatrist had only one goal in life—to help abuse victims avoid the horrors she’d experienced herself. She worked late, volunteered, and donated her services to anyone who needed them. Life was good … until her nightmare resurfaced. He found her, and began stalking her, and she knew he wouldn’t stop until he destroyed every ragged piece of her.

Kolson Hart, Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor, was ruled by his dark past. He liked control, from the boardroom to the bedroom and didn’t care to be involved with someone whose life was just as screwed up as his was. But one look at Gabriella short-circuited everything. Want … desire … need … will sometimes drive a man to do things he swore he never would.

He freed her from a life of fear … When he couldn’t even save himself.

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Dreamcast for Freeing Her

So… my usual go to star for any character I write is Chris Hemsworth because he is so drool-worthy that it’s impossible for me not to think about him when I write. But when I penned Freeing Her, for some odd reason, I had some other hot dude on my mind. And it wasn’t anyone I had seen before. I sort of conjured up this figure of awesomeness so when it came time to pick a dreamcast, I was running around freaking out thinking, “WhatthehellamIgonnadoooooo?????”

So, I did what all sneaky authors do. I posted an SOS on my street team page … a desperate plea for help. And I was rewarded with all kinds of stupendous hawtness, covering the page from top to bottom, making my body tingle and my upper lip sweat.

But then I thought, “WAIT!!!! There are too many! I can’t choose from these! They’re all PERFECT! Now WhatthehellamIgonnadoooooo????”

Well, I’ll tell you what I did. I put it out, once again to my trusty street team, to vote. And, voila, here’s what they chose.

  1. …………

The choice for Kolson Hart is:

Stephen Amell

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And now for the role of Gabriella Martinelli. For some reason, the choice for her wasn’t as difficult. She was the perfect fit, but again, I needed my street team. When it came to picking the perfect one—that one that would fit, I drew a blank. So I threw it out to them and they threw Ashley right back to me and I was—OH MY GOD. PERFECT!!! I wrote Gabriella to match her.

And now …

  1. … Ashley Greene

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As for the secondary characters, I’ll just let you use your imaginations. Now I hope when you read Freeing Her and Freeing Him, you see Stephen and Ashley as the perfect couple for Kolson and Gabriella! Happy reading.

AM Hargrove Bio:

A.M. Hargrove

PastedGraphic-11One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove’s career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include Kissing Fire, Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, the series the Guardians of Vesturon (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, Beginnings and reEmergent), Dark Waltz, Tragically Flawed, Tragic Desires, and Exquisite Betrayal.

Other than being in love with being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

(If you’re wondering, it didn’t happen EXACTLY that way, but….)

You can also find her on Goodreads as Emerson St. Clair. Her novella series, Dirty Nights, is available and those are a little dark, a little erotic and a lot sexy!

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GIVEAWAY!! 

There’s a gift card, a paperback and an ecopy up for grabs, so I think you should go!

Enter A.M.’s giveaway!!
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I am so excited to share this with you guys! Ms A, a major congrats for another wonderful book release for you!! And to you guys, GOOD LUCK!! Happy reading and later gators!! 

 

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Simon Review Tour with Giveaway!!

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I love this series and I recently had a stop for the first book CADE, but now I get to show you Simon, book two, in this magnificent series of Werewolf Brothers from NOLA. Now, there’s only a few days left for the giveaway of a signed copy of Simon, so let me show you the goodies so you can hurry and go try to win :) 

Simon (Le Beau Brothers, #2)

Blurb

NOTE: Complete novel. No cliffhanger. Dual POV. Rated 18+ for language and strong sexual content.

Four years of honorably serving his country has left Simon, Cade’s younger brother, damaged and trapped in wolf form. Little did he know the only person with the ability to heal him completely would be found at home. Literally. Now that he’s found her, he is desperate to claim her.

Rose is a beautiful, voluptuous woman with limited experience with men. Although she’s confident, she still has reservations. Never having a family of her own, her fear of abandonment has her fleeing romantic relationships, and doubting herself.

Travis is insane. A deadly loose cannon that a secret organization hired to destroy the Le Beau family by denying them their mates. Permanently.

Simon’s dream will be lost forever unless he is able to maintain human form.
Rose needs unconditional love and a mate to create the family she’s always wanted.
Travis’s all-consuming drive is to take Rose for himself.
Will Simon ever be whole again, able to claim his mate, giving Rose the love and family she so desperately craves? Or will Travis destroy them both?

Excerpt

She looked at him over her shoulder. His blue eyes seared her with heat and the intensity of his stare made her shiver. Lifting one hand, he laid his fingers against the blush of her cheek. Then he wrapped his arms around her from behind burying his nose in her hair and letting his wolf rumble in satisfaction. “I’m ready to show you off at Julia’s whenever you are.”

“Let me check my face and hair. It’ll only take a minute.” She returned a few minutes later looking amazing.

Her hair was pulled back in a fashionable messy bun. A single strand was left loose to fall down the side of her face to the tip of her breast. He longed to follow that strand to its destination, scrape his teeth against her nipple and inhale her precious scent.

She was without a doubt the most beautiful creature he’d ever seen in his life. As Rose placed her arms around his neck he relished how her warmth seeped into his body.

“I may have to change my mind, you look too good, and I’ll be forced to kill some idiot who tries to dance with you.”

She rolled her eyes at him and grabbed her purse. “Come on, Romeo, I’m ready for a boat ride and a turn around the dance floor.”

Simon held her hand as she got into the boat then jumped in and revved the motor. “I’ll go slow so I don’t mess up your gorgeous hair.” He winked.

She blew him a kiss and fluffed her hair dramatically.

Even going slow it only took twenty minutes to reach the pier serving the bar. He already heard the music and boisterous patrons. He cut the motor and helped her exit safely; boats weren’t designed for high heels.

Rose looked up and down the line of boat slips and shoreline. “Where’s her sign?”

“She doesn’t have one. We’d rather random humans didn’t wander in. Mates are more than welcome, but the occasional human to happen upon the bar isn’t very well received.”

He led her to an open table. “I’ll get us drinks, would you like wine or a whiskey Coke?”

“A whiskey Coke sounds great.” Her eyes were bright with excitement as she checked out the crowd.

Squeezing into an open spot at the bar, he waved over his cousin. “Julia! How are you, cher?”

“Oh, my god! Simon, it’s so good to see you. I heard you found your mate.”

“I did.” He gestured to their table. “Rose is seated right there, stop over if you get a break.”

“She’s a beauty. You’re a lucky man, cuz.”

“Don’t I know it.” he grinned. “Can I get a Whiskey Coke and a beer?”

“Sure.”

He turned his back to the bar to check on Rose. Simon’s breath caught as she unconsciously moistened her lip with the tip of her pink tongue. That mouth was made for sin, with its plush lower lip. He imagined her mouth doing wicked things to a certain part of his anatomy. The blood thrummed in his veins.  Simon turned to inconspicuously adjust himself, his faded jeans were suddenly way too tight. Her intoxicating scent of coffee and cinnamon rolls licked at his groin even from across the room. He wanted to rub himself all over her, saturating her with his scent whenever they were in public. His wolf wouldn’t be satisfied until they were mated.

Gazing at her across the room his blood surged, he imagined her naked on his bed, her thighs parted in invitation. If he concentrated he could actually recall the taste of her passion. There was nothing greater than loving her long into the night, her excited cries entwining with his hoarse groans as they made the bed shudder and shake. He shook his head. He really needed to get control of his randy thoughts. This was date night and he would show her a good time away from his bed for once. Down boy, he snarled at his wolf. When he glanced at her again she was snickering and shaking her head at him. He must be imagining loudly.

“Here you go, no charge, and congratulations, Simon.” Julia rapped her knuckles on the bar top before she turned her attention to making another customer’s drink. She was very busy, so he left her to it. He’d barely taken his seat when the band took the stage for another set. Standing, he held his hand out to Rose. “May I have this dance?”

“Why, yes, you may,” she said playing along.

Simon held her close enough to see the sparkles in her blue eyes. He loved the way her gaze lit up when she was happy. But his wolf itched to see her eyes dazed with passion as he made love to her, and then sated and sleepy afterwards. For now holding her on the dance floor would do. Rose’s intoxicating fragrance surrounded him, teasing his senses. He was in heaven.

Simon cupped her cheek with a large, warm palm. “I’m so happy you moved into our house, Rose. Having you in my arms makes me the luckiest man in the world.” The moment she agreed to move to his house he’d called it their home. His glowing blue eyes regarded her with a tenderness that made her breath hitch.

She tightened her arms around his neck, urging his face closer to hers. “I didn’t want to go back to Anna’s, to an empty bed anymore,” she told him. “If you really plan to have me as your mate, it only made sense.

“Just say the word and I’m yours completely. Forever.” He smiled, then dipped his head, kissed her deeply and nuzzled her.

My Review

This is the second of the series, though it could be read as a stand alone, I say you’d be missing out terribly if you didn’t read Cade :) But anyways, you meet Simon for a moment in Cade’s book, and you get to see that he’s a little broken, or a lot broken. Being a shifter, when he joined the military, he lost contact with not just his pack, but also with other people. No one hugs or touches in the military, so his wolf caused him some major problems. Plus he couldn’t shift so staying human for so long has made him more than just withdrawn. It’s going to be a long while before he can pull all of his pieces back into the puzzle. :) 

So, Anna is Cade’s mate, and she tries to help Simon heal a little of himself everyday, but it isn’t until Anna gets her friend Rose to come over for Thanksgiving with the family that Simon literally wakes up. In an amazing moment, Simon realizes that Rose is his mate and he’s not stuck between making her officially his mate, and staying far away from her because his wolf is a little out of control.  He wants to be the man she needs, not the broken shifter he is. But he is eventually going to realize that Rose doesn’t care that he’s got a past, or is broken, because she has her own issues and her own past. 

Rose is quite amazing. When you learn her past, you’ll want to hug her, and be so proud that she has even made it this far. She’s got a few insecurities, but Simon is going to help her get over those, all she has to do is let him in to help her. She’s not quite the kick ass heroine that most people would think, but I am so happy that she learned how to be kick ass. You see, there’s these were people who have been stalking her, and when they finally catch up with her, she is very not so gently introduced to the world of supernaturals. Like werewolves and vampires, and she’s a little freaked out. But, she’s a champ about it, and she’s a great match for Simon. 

The plot was well done. It’s not just taking Rose, but it’s now opening up the larger plot scheme that will affect all the Le Beau family, and this is changing things. I know we’ve met Stefan and Marcus, but now, we need to meet a few more of those other brothers LOL. I absolutely cannot wait for book three :) And in the meantime, I think you should all check out the first two. Ms Dold has a wonderful way of writing, and thank goodness that she doesn’t make the people from Louisiana, like myself, sound like ignorant idiots. So, what are you waiting for, go get your now! 5 Extra HAWT Wolfy PAWS!! 

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Bio

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V.A.Dold is the bestselling author of the Le Beau Brothers series, New Orleans wolf shifter novels. A graduate of Saint Cloud University, she majored in marketing. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a publicist to the authors, owning Innovative Online Book Tours and ARC Author & Reader Con’s (ARC NOLA) (ARC Phoenix). Still is. The companies mesh so well together, much like PB&J.
Her idea of absolute heaven is a day in the French Quarter filled with nothing but her computer, her coffee mug and the Brothers, of course.
A Minnesota native with her heart lost to Louisiana, she has a penchant for titillating tales featuring sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably taking in a movie, reading or traveling.
Her earliest reading memories are from grade school. She had a major fixation with horses, and the Black Stallion was a favorite. Then junior high came along and teenage hormones kicked in. It became all about the Harlequin Romances. She has been hooked on romances ever since.

Connect with V.A.Dold
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 Giveaway

Ms Dold is so awesome, she is offering a signed paperback copy of Simon, so I think you guys should all check it out, and enter to win! GO HERE!! –>>>  http://www.vadold.com/monthly-giveaway.html

I wanna thank ms Dold, who so awesomely let me read her wonderful books and let me share giveaways with you guys! I absolutely hope we can do this again for book three! Now good luck you guys! go enter! Happy reading and later gators! 

Happy Book Birthday Singe w Giveaway!

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I love when I get those email requests offering a book up for review. AND I love it even more when I love the book being offered… I TOTALLY LOVE when I get to read both books and do a book birthday release because the author is that awesome!! :) So, Ms. Stewart has been so kind, so I will share in the kindness and show you goodies! And I happen to love dragons so it made it so much more fun!! 

Spark (Hailey Holloway, #1)

Spark (Hailey Holloway, #1)

Copywriter by day, nerd by night, Hailey Holloway is living the post college dream. Her life may not be flashy and exciting but it’s enough for her. After a late night at work, Hailey stumbles upon two dragons brawling in the middle of Philadelphia. In an act of kindness and lapse of sanity, she comforts the dragon who was left behind to die. In doing so she inadvertently invited the soul of Dacea into herself for safe keeping. Hailey just wants to live her life as simply and quietly as possible but with the voice of a disembodied dragon in her head, she has little hope of achieving her goal.Dacea will do anything to be free of Hailey, a human who is moments from checking herself into a psychiatric ward. He is grateful to be alive, but at what cost to his sanity? The dragon world is in upheaval. Green is at war with Red, and he is of no use to anyone while stuck with Hailey.

The solution to their problem is not without its risks. But just how far will Hailey go to be free of the dragon?

 
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My Review

I never know what I’m going to get when I pick up a new book by an author I haven’t read. Well this one sealed the deal, I’m a fan!!! A big one :) This is the first book of the series, and holy HAWT fire breathing dragons, I’m all in! I am quite impressed with this book and it’s plot and great characters. And let me say outright, just jump into book two asap, because you’ll love book one so much! 

Hailey is a normal everyday girl. She has a normal job, some really crappy parents, and funny best friend and co-worker. And then she sees a man being attacked in the park. And BOOM, in her trying to help, she has somehow locked a dragon dude’s soul into hers. Well, now she’s stuck with him talking in her mind, and trying to find a way to get him out. She cracked me up. She would fight with him, in her head, then forget and talk out loud. It was definitely a crazy ride. And then, she has to keep a watch because the dragon who did this to him still wants to kill him, even if it means killing her. Yeah, there’s a lot of crazy happening all at once. Her only flaw, she really needs to learn to stand up for herself, which she eventually does, but confrontation shouldn’t be so hard. 

Now Dak, aka Dacea, he’s the former king of the red dragons, which is significant. He’s got crazy friends that you’ll meet, like Darby, the witch. And the Lia the muse pops up. Yeah, it’s awesome. But at first, he’s a little condescending. He doesn’t understand the modern world, he’s quite old. And in the process, he changes Hailey, and she changes him.  Plus, Dak has to realize that he isn’t the only one he has to worry about now, he’s stuck in Hailey, so she’s just as important, if not more so, than himself and boy did he get a couple of crash courses with some whip lash! 

I LOVED the secondary characters, including the bad guy Silas. I KNEW something was going on, but I can’t tell you. The characters I think are what made the book for me, because I loved them so much, I couldn’t have loved the book any less. The plot is a good one, and when you finally get to the end, you’re going to have a little bit of a jaw drop and jump for more! Seriously, 5 PAWS, and Dragon CLAWS!! :) 
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Singe (Hailey Holloway, #2)

Singe (Hailey Holloway, #2)

Hailey has been taken.She was alive and had a dragon boyfriend with a shiny new body. Life was fantastic. Or it was until she was drugged and pulled right off the street. Hailey finds herself no match for the supernatural world. Will Dak come after her or did their latest battle of arrogance verses stubbornness ruin her chances of rescue?

Dacea has two Mates.

Word of his return was making its way through the dragon world and all the way to his runaway Mate. After hundreds of years of searching and wondering, Katherine was back and making herself at home. Dacea is stretched thin as he looks for Hailey and attempts to keep Katherine from moving in.

Silas has a secret.

His mind is set and he’ll tear through whatever gets in his way. With a little more research he hopes to have his suspicions confirmed. And when they are, his discovery will change everything.

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My Review

OK! Well this one gets even better! Because Hailey and Dak solved one problem, now we’re on to the next. I am going to try really hard not to spoil anything for you here. OK, so Hailey found a way to help Dak, but now she needs the help. After overcoming her “illness” at the end of book one, she needs to help him get his head out his… yeah that. And in the process, she is kidnapped. Now, we meet some new characters, and I love them too! Silas isn’t the biggest baddest guy anymore, someone else from Dak’s past is very intent on hurting Hailey. And some from the present are bent on keeping Dak in his place, which is not with the dragons. 

Hailey has grown so very much. She is still a little lacking on confrontations, but she is so much better. She will stand up for herself, and she will find a way to get back up when she’s knocked down. She’s also becoming great at helping others around her. I can’t say much more without telling you actual things and then spoiling it for you. :) 

Dak is learning that his way is not always the right way, and women need to be treated kind, not ordered to do things. He’ll learn. And then he really gets a nice swift kick in the booty when Hailey gets kidnapped.  He will do anything to find her and get her back. And now, he’s got a whole new enemy. 

This one is awesome. We see our favorite characters and meet great new ones.  The plot has just blown the roof off and now with this new threat  I can’t wait to see where we’ll get to go!! GIMME GIMME BOOK THREE, like right now! pretty please. 5 PAWS, 5 Dragon CLAWS, 5 everything! Well done!! :) 

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About the Author

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K.C. Stewart lives in central Pennsylvania with her three cats. She is currently attending college online for Library Science while working full time as a photographer. In her spare time, which isn’t easy to find, she reads an obnoxious amount and writes in between everything else. K.C. has a very real addiction to gummy bears and talking to her cats when no one is around.

Giveaway!

Dear nice followers, this is the first time I’ve ever done a rafflecopter myself, so forgive me if I screwed it up LOL! But, the lovely author has offered this for you guys:

2 winners will receive both Spark and Singe! and a third winner will win a $5.00 gift card.

And tomorrow, she is having a release day party here–> https://www.facebook.com/events/349391078547682/ with lots of giveaways!! 

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Go leave a comment to start and then enter!! You’ll want these, I promise :) Good luck everyone!! 

THANK YOU A TON Ms KC!! I so do hope we can continue for book three! I loved these so much! 

Happy reading and later gators!! 

Glimpse of Darkness Blog Tour w Giveaway!

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Hello everyone! I have a new series starting today, and I’d like to share it with you. Fans of Angels will love this one, so let me tell you all about it! 

Glimpse of Darkness (Chronicles of the Cursed, #1)

Glimpse of Darkness

Volume 1: Chronicles of the Cursed

Nicole Delacroix

Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy

ISBN: 1497335930

ISBN: 978-1497335936

ASIN: B00JWUOMIU

Number of pages: 367

Word Count: 68183

Cover Artist: Javier Charro

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Book Description:

Charlene (Charlie) Bennett is a simple waitress in the wilds of Hyder, Alaska whose father has just gone missing. Isolated and alone, her fathers’ disappearance is nothing new to her, but this time things are a little different.

For starters, there is a handsome stranger, Daniel that has come to town and while Charlie has never taken more than a passing interest in strangers, she has an immediate and intense attraction to this one. Secondly, she’s soon to find out that this stranger isn’t what he appears. He’s about to throw Charlie’s entire world into a major upheaval.

Now Charlie has to decide if she believes this strangers’ incredible story and follow Daniel or if she wants to stay in the only home she’s ever known for an uncertain future and an absentee father. As she comes to terms with what Daniel shows her, she realizes that he’s the only true thing in her life and leaves everything she knows behind to follow the handsome stranger.

My Review

So if you get moved to a remote place in Alaska, do you think you would fall in love with it. Well, Charlie wasn’t expecting to, but when her dad went missing, and she’s offered a way to leave a place she thought she used to hate, it’s taking a lot more that she thought it would to get her to leave. The police are searching for her dad, but he won’t likely be found, and not she knows secrets, about angels and things most humans don’t know. And Daniel stormed into town made it a little bit more crazy than being stuck in remote Alaska. Charlie is really drawn to him. She doesn’t understand this compulsion, and it’s a little terrifying for her. And then when Charlie finally decides to leave, it seems like all they are doing is running from the bad guy. And big heads up, there’s a big ole cliff hanger… You’re either gunna love that it’s setting up the next book for a lot of action, or you’re gunna go crazy lol.

Charlie is a little plain. She’s been in small town Alaska for a while now, she has a lot of questions about her childhood, and she isn’t close to her dad, who went missing. And then the whole storm Daniel blowing in made Charlie’s life a lot more complicated. Plus, Charlie is dying to know something, anything, about her mother, and she can’t get answers. But when she finally does, it’s a big whammy. So now, she’s on the run, trying to keep alive while figuring out the mysteries surrounding her.

Daniel is… different. He’s there to save innocents, their lives and Charlie’s. He’s definitely into Charlie as well, but I haven’t seen any real romantic emotion from either of them to each other, other than the fact of them saying to themselves, in their head.

The book is well written, but here’s my only complaint. I like a bit more action and fast paced scenery. It sets up the world and background great, but I still like a little more shooting, stabbing, biting, fire throwing, something lol, and so it made it just a little slow for me. But no worries, it seems like we’re going to be all set up with the end of the book to have some good action coming for the next book. So, I’ll wait for book two and give this one 4 PAWS!

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Author Interview

First, tell me a little about your book :)….

Glimpse of Darkness is book 1 of a planned 4 book series that will follow the main characters, Daniel and Charlie, all over the world in a search for her missing father and her missing birthright.  Without giving too much away, there will be twists and turns along the way as well as an alternative history to some interesting events in history.  I’ve flushed out the story from beginning to end long before I began working on the first book, so I know exactly what will happen in each volume of the series and I know where the story ultimately ends.  My only “up in the air” item is that I was toying with the idea of making it a trilogy instead of 4 full books, so the number of volumes may change, but the story remains the same.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?

I started writing really young.  My father was military so we moved around a great deal, and making friends for me was difficult.  So my mother bought me a diary when I was 10 and I would scribble in it all the time. From that point on, I learned to live in my head and write everything down, so I guess I owe my mother for making me into a writer.

What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?

I was having a streak of bad luck in my personal and professional life and started to escape more and more into books.  At that point I decided that I’d try my hand at writing, I’d always written when I was younger and it was a great stress relief for me.  I decided I’d try my hand at screenwriting (I know, what was I thinking?) and wrote a script called Supposed Crimes.  Nothing ever came of it, although I was on Triggerstreet.com for a while with it and got a few good reviews.  After a few people mentioned that the story itself didn’t really feel complete in script format, I decided to move over to novel writing.  Oddly enough, that story is still sitting on the back burner at this time.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Ha!  I wish, I’d love to be half angel, but I’m more like half devil… okay more than half.  But to answer your question, no I don’t think there was any one event in my own life that inspired the story.  I think I was just interested in angels and the way we view them and started thinking of how I could say what I wanted to in an entertaining way. 

How do you choose when/which characters die in your books?

So far I haven’t killed off any characters, but unless it adds something to the story, then I wouldn’t kill off a character.  I think we’ve all suffered at the hands of George R.R. Martin, so I try not to kill off a character if the story doesn’t warrant it.  I wouldn’t want someone to be too invested in a character only to have them die. 

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Yes!  I’m always looking for new and interesting authors to read.  Just a few lately, Jason Jones Voyages of the White Skull, Bev Stout Secrets of the Realm, and Sariah Wilson The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back.  All three are really interesting new voices.

Who do you look up to as a writer?

J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, C.S. Lewis, Ian McEwan, Edward St. Aubyn – really anyone that has an interesting voice.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

  1. I think most writers will think their work can be better no matter where they are in the process. I would probably re-edit and possibly not drop the story off at the end even though there is a second one.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I did find the “adult” (sex) scene difficult to write, so I would say that had the biggest impact on me.  I don’t have a problem with scenes of that nature; truthfully, I read them all the time.   I just had never really written one as explicit as the one in this first book, so for me it was a little daunting at first.  Once I did a little research, read a few books on the subject I felt a little more equipped to tackle what I wanted in my own writing.  I would have thought that would have been the end of it, but the honesty and bravery I tapped into to write the scene has actually had an unexpected lingering effect on me.  I’ve become more honest and braver in my life over all, so I think it’s been incredibly beneficial.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?

Currently I’m reading several books, mostly for review.  Slapshot of Love by Gary Pearson, The Haunting of Wolfe Haven by Debbie Heaton, The Birth of Death by Joseph Macolino and The Universe Builders by Steve LeBel.

Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?

I found a fantastic artist on deviantart.com by the name of Javier Charro (www.charroart.com) and he and I worked on the design for about a month.  I loved the way he worked because he asked for my ideas first, character information and a story synopsis.  From there he came up with rough sketches and showed me what his vision was based on my information.  The final cover ended up being so different from what I originally thought I wanted, but I think the sign of a good artist is someone that can take what you think you want and create what you need.  This is exactly what Javier did for me.  He created a beautiful work of art, and it was exactly what I needed, and I love it.  I learned from him that sometimes what you think you want isn’t want you need and you need to allow your artist to figure out what works best.

Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?

I spent about 7 months researching everything about the story and where I was going with it.  From that I learned a great deal about the legend of the Nephilim and fallen angels in general.  There is so much information out there about angels and legends that it can be overwhelming.  In addition to the factual information, I also learned how to be a little braver in my own life from pushing my writing boundaries. 

If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?

I would love to be an angel.  Especially having the abilities that I give to my angels, that would be so much fun.  I think I’m a bit of an oddball, as I tend to like the periphery characters more than the main characters.  For me, my favorite character is a tie between Fifi and Mo, they are so very distinctly different characters and their backstories were the most interesting to write.

Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?

Absolutely!  If you’re an Uber-geek like me, you will LOVE William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher.  This is the entire series written like Shakespeare and it’s pretty epic.  I’m currently on William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I would love to let my readers know that I wish them all well and hope that they enjoy the book!  Thank you so much for having me today!

Thank you for hanging out with us today and you are so welcome!! :)  

About the Author: 

 

Nicole Delacroix was born in Frankfurt Germany to a German mother and American Military father. Her parents instilled in her a deep love of the written word and a profound respect for literature in all forms. So it’s little wonder that from the moment she could first write she knew that writing would always be a part of who she is. From short stories to dabbling in scriptwriting she passes her time with her day job as an IT professional but feverishly writes well into the night. Her passion for literature encompasses many different genres but her heart beats true with fantasy and science fiction. She’s fiercely loyal to friends and family and is eagerly awaiting the day when she can move to London England, her childhood dream.

Web:  http://nicole-delacroix.com/

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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/NicoleDelaCroix

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Cover Reveal for Carnal w Giveaway!

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Carnal

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Publication Date: September 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Novella, Romance, Short Story, Suspense, Thriller

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Carnal is the first in a New Adult Romantic Suspense Serial. Installments will be published on the 7th of each month.

Synopsis: My brother sits in a jail cell accused of murder. Our name has been slandered, his honorable reputation tarnished forever. The papers are having field day—decorated United States Navy SEAL Adan Cruz is a suspect in the murder of his fellow Navy SEAL Jordan Thompson. Jordan was shot with my brother’s gun, and residue was found on Adan’s hands.

But Adan is innocent. He gave me his word, and I don’t need any other proof. He’s all I have. Our parents died when I was in high school, and Adan enlisted in the Navy to support us. He sacrificed everything for me to reach my dreams of becoming of an actress—paid my way through state, and for my MFA in acting. Now it’s my turn to return the favor.

Adan is one of the seven SEALs who remain in the squad. One of the other six set him up. One of them knows the truth. And I’ll stop at nothing to clear Adan’s name.

Only one man can help me now, a man I betrayed. Shattered his heart.

Adan’s best friend and teammate Grant. Grant and I are bound by our love for my brother. Despite Grant’s disgust for me, he would never leave his swim buddy behind.

Even Navy SEALs aren’t perfect. Everyone has a vice—drugs, porn, gambling. And I’ll exploit each man’s weakness until I discover the truth.

Seven Deadly SEALs, Seven Achilles’ Heels. They may be deadly, but none are a match for me.

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Alana Albertson is the former President of both Romance Writers of Americas’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters and the founder of Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time needlepointing, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

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