Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Surrender Games Series Book Tour and Giveaway for Signed Books, T-shirt and $10 Amazon Gift Card!


Sacrifice of the Pawn
Surrender Games, Book 1
by Lydia Michaels
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Surrender Games follows the emotionally charged and highly erotic contemporary romance saga, The Surrender Trilogy. 

Isadora Patras has sacrificed years raising her younger siblings, Lucian and Antoinette. As her brother and sister grow more independent, she feels her purpose is lost. Aching to do something selfish and hungry for a taste of the forbidden, she takes a lover -- her father’s protégé and trusted family friend, Sawyer Bishop. 

In a secret affair, trust is tested, respect is bartered, and reputations are on the line. Sawyer has always been Isadora’s mentor, but now it’s her move. She’s through being a pawn and ready to demand the respect of a Queen. 

The Surrender Games Series should be read after The Surrender Trilogy.


An Excerpt from Sacrifice of the Pawn (Surrender Game 1)

Unsure what to make of the shift in energy, she collected her glass from the bar to buy time, but something was definitely different, and she didn’t understand why.

“Is something wrong, Sawyer?”

His gaze followed her as she came to sit on the empty side of the settee. “When did you stop calling me Mr. Bishop?”

The soft, cajoling rumble of his voice was more soothing than probing. Voices like that could make audio instructions sound like Shakespeare.

Thinking over his question, her brow tightened. “I’m not sure. I suppose I was a teenager when you invited me to call you by your first name. Should I go back to calling you Mr. Bishop?” she teased. It seemed silly to think of him as anything other than Sawyer.

Turning his wrist, the ice in his glass shifted. “The boys … they’ve be friends for a long time.”

“And hopefully they will be forever.”

“And I’ve been your father’s friend for as long as I can recall. He gave me a job when I was fresh out of college.”

“And now you run one of his companies. What is it you’re trying to say, Sawyer?”

“You’re very young, Isadora. Too young to have a boy in college and a ten-year-old in your care, but you do it with the maturity of an experienced woman.”

“Thank you, but Lucian’s my brother, not my son. And Toni… I may act like her mother, but I’m not. I take no joy in erasing our mother’s memory.”

He glanced at his empty glass, the filtered moonlight reflecting in the crystal as he placed it on the table. “I should go.”

Tipping her glass over his, she filled it with a finger of scotch. “Not before you finish your drink.”

Peering through thick, black lashes, he gave her a questioning look that made her feel immediately foolish. Why had she done that?

He twisted to face her. “What are you doing, Isadora?”

“I don’t know. I’ve had a lot to drink.” Her voice dropped to a rasp as her gaze latched onto his, holding so tight she could hardly spare a blink.

“Is that it then?”

Her lashes fluttered, breaking the spell, and she laughed nervously. Those eyes were hypnotic, especially when he looked directly into hers. She shook her head, shaking off the affect. “Is that what?”

Lifting his glass, he finished her offering in one swallow, placed the tumbler on the table, and stood. She rose as well, the camaraderie they’d shared earlier rapidly evaporating. Perhaps thirty-seven wasn’t such a good year.

Tension closed in on her, its impending heaviness puncturing the inebriated haze cocooning her mind. The unfamiliar imbalance was more than the effect of alcohol. Maybe she was coming down with something.

She didn’t want him to go and his proximity to the door filled her with panic and heat. Stay, she wanted to say, but something kept her quiet. She wanted him to make the decision without her prompting his response.

It became a game of guessing what he might do or say next and she liked the uncertainty, found it unsteadily thrilling. Her heart beat too fast as she tried to identify a time she’d ever felt so nervous in

such a fulfilling way. She didn’t typically favor anxiety, yet she coveted the feeling now, a dark anticipation for every motion, every word. So much to lose in such a simple decision, yet she hadn’t a clue what she’d gain if he chose to stay.

“I apologize for intruding on your evening,” he said, stepping around the table.

Her heart jerked. Her disappointment was a physical jolt that convinced her something else was happening here—something she shouldn’t feel.

She stepped around the other side of the coffee table and met him on the carpet, frantic to keep him there a while longer. She didn’t want to be alone, but maybe he was feeling this strange energy too and figured it best to leave.

“Sawyer, what changed?”

“The fact that you don’t know is a testament to your young age.”

Affronted, she drew back. Perhaps she was a bad drunk, because his words hurt more than they probably should.

She wasn’t an idiot and though she didn’t have much experience with men like Sawyer—or any men for that matter—she wasn’t a prude. Something changed between them tonight. A sort of chemistry had evolved.

She never felt this kind of attraction around him before and maybe he felt it too and that was why he was trying to escape. But she was drunk, so perhaps her perception was off.

Rather than further embarrass herself, she stepped aside. “I’m sorry if I did something to offend you.”

Gah! She always said the worst things. What was she trying to get, a sympathy stay? That was not what she was after.

“You did nothing offensive. It’s just … not appropriate for me to be here—alone with you. It’s late.”

Embarrassed that her eagerness reeked of inexperience, she looked away. She shouldn’t let him see her like this. She’d have to see him again and it was utterly humiliating to think he might assume she was some sad, desperate woman trying to seduce her father’s colleague when she just wanted a little company. Oh, God, she was desperate.

Her gaze dropped to the carpet as a dark sense of inadequacy swallowed her. “I understand. I didn’t mean to…” …whatever I’ve done.

“Goodnight, Isadora.”

She didn’t look up to see if he was staring at her. She didn’t need to. She could feel his stare measuring her. He hesitated as he approached the door.

“You’ll call if you need anything?” he asked softly.

Never. “Of course.”



Queen of the Knight
Surrender Games, Book 2

The game has changed and no player’s position is safe… 

In a world of power, money, deceit, and lust, no player is exactly how they seem. Love and trust are at stake when the game is changed and old enemies come out of hiding, disguised as friends. 

Isadora Patras must proceed wisely. After thirteen years of heartbreak and denial, she no longer trusts her instincts. One man embodies her past, the other could be her future, but which one holds her heart? Isadora must choose between her family and two very different men. Either way, her choice could cost her everything. 

In a game of kings, bishops, rooks, and knights there are no guarantees. But if Isadora wants to be a Queen, someone will have to lose. 

The Surrender Games Series should be read after The Surrender Trilogy.






The Surrender Trilogy was released in 2013. It was an Apple iBooks Bestseller. Surrender Games is a spin-off of The Surrender Trilogy. It is a series that features the side characters of the trilogy and will eventually deliver each hero and heroine’s HEA. It is highly recommended that readers read The Surrender Trilogy BEFORE reading Surrender Games.


Falling In
The Surrender Trilogy, Book 1

Breaking Out
The Surrender Games Trilogy, Book 2

Coming Home
The Surrender Games Trilogy, Book 3


Lydia Michaels is an award-winning author of more than thirty contemporary romance novels. She lives in Pennsylvania with her wonderfully supportive husband, beautiful daughter, and many crazy fur babies. If she is not off spending time with her family you can usually find Lydia at her computer working on her next story or hiding somewhere quiet with a great book. She loves taking a romantic plot with steamy chemistry and pressing the bounds of love. Her books are intellectual, erotic, haunting, always centered on love. 

Lydia Michaels' darkly compelling Surrender Trilogy was an Apple iBooks bestseller, and she has been featured in USA Today. In 2015, she was the winner of The Best of Bucks Award, and she has been nominated as Best Author in the Bucks Happening Magazine three years running [2015, 2016, and 2017]. She is a four-time nominee for the prestigious RONE Award.




Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and two giveaways!

Goodreads Giveaway
Lydia Michaels is giving away 3 autographed copies of Falling In (The Surrender Trilogy 1) to celebrate the release of the first book in the SURRENDER GAMES series!

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