Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Beyond Reason Book Tour and Giveaway for a Print Book and $5 Amazon Gift Card

Beyond Reason
by Kat Martin
Genre: Suspense, Thriller

New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin raises chills as danger stalks a woman determined to make it in a man’s world...

Five weeks ago, Carly Drake stood at her grandfather’s grave. Now she’s burying Drake Trucking’s top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with bankruptcy, phone threats and the fear of failure, Carly has to team up with the last man she wants to owe -- Lincoln Cain.

Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling -- and hiding more than one secret. He promised Carly’s granddad he’d protect her. The old man took a chance on him when he was nothing but a kid with a record, and now he’s the multi-millionaire owner of a rival firm. 

But Linc’s money can’t protect Carly from the men who’ll do anything to shut her down, or the secrets behind Drake Trucking. If she won’t sell out, the only way to keep her safe is to keep her close ... and fight like hell.

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“Stop fighting, chica, before you get hurt.”

She breathed through her nose and told herself not to move as the blade settled against the side of her neck, but her heart was hammering, trying to tear through her ribs.

“Did you get the message we delivered this morning?” the man with the mustache asked.

Had to be the scrap of paper she’d found in her living room. She managed to nod.

“We’re here to make sure you understand. Do you see how easy it would be for us to kill you?”

When she didn’t nod, the man holding her from behind tightened his hold, one of his hands sliding up to cup her breast. He squeezed lewdly and fresh fear rolled through her.

“Do you see?” the man with the knife repeated, the blade moving slightly as she swallowed.

She gave him a nod.

“El Jefe wishes to see you. Someone will call, let you know when and where. You will say nothing about tonight. No police, you understand?”

She nodded that she understood.

“Go home, querida.” The mustached man ran a gloved hand over her cheek in an intimate caress, and nausea rolled in her stomach. “We will meet again soon.”

“Hey, you! Get away from her!”

Carly’s heart jerked. She knew that deep voice, knew it belonged to Lincoln Cain, and for once she was glad to see him.

The men started running toward the road, Cain hard on their heels. He grabbed the closest man by the collar at the back of his neck and jerked. The guy whirled and swung a punch Cain ducked. Cain’s powerful arm shot out and buried itself in the middle of the guy’s stomach, doubling him over. Another punch sent him careening backward. The man hit the ground, rolled, came up on his feet and kept running, Cain close behind him.

A car burst out of nowhere, a big black SUV. Shots rang out from the driver’s open window. Carly screamed when Cain went down. The car slowed long enough for her attackers to pile inside and Carly ran toward Cain.

He grabbed her wrist, jerked her down on top of him, and rolled her beneath him, shielding her with his body as the car sped off down the road, a couple of shots firing into the air, tires screeching on the asphalt as the vehicle disappeared.

Carly struggled to breathe, her heart beating frantically beneath the big body pinning her down. Cain lifted himself away and got to his feet, reached down, caught her hand and hauled her up beside him.

“I thought...thought they’d shot you.” She could still feel the imprint of his big, hard body, hear the slide of black leather as he had moved to protect her. “Are you okay?” Her voice was shaking, but so was everything else.

Cain swore foully. “I’m fine, smart enough to take cover, not run toward a guy who’s shooting at me. You should have stayed back. You could have been killed.”

She looked up at him. “So could you, but you came to help me anyway. I figured I owed you the same.”

He just stared at her as if she’d lost her mind; then a faint smile touched his lips. “What the hell happened? Are you all right? Dammit, you’re shaking.” He pulled her into his arms, and though she told herself to push him away, she relaxed into that big broad chest and for the first time felt safe.

“Did they hurt you?” he asked, smoothing back her hair.

“No, but I thought ... thought they were going to.”

“You’re safe now. Just take it easy.”

His warmth seeped into her and her trembling began to ease. “I’d just reached the pickup. They seemed ... seemed to come out of nowhere. I tried to fight, but one of them had a switchblade. He held the knife against my throat.”

The F word whispered out beneath his breath. “Your legs are still shaking. Can you walk?”

She looked up at him. “I don’t want to go back inside. I don’t want any more trouble.”

He glanced back toward the roadhouse. With all the noise, no one had heard the shots. “Give me your keys. We’ll go someplace quiet where we can talk. There’s a little café down the road. A friend of mine owns it. No one will bother us there.”

She was too shaken up to argue, just dug her keys out of her purse and handed them over, let him help her into the passenger seat, buckle her in, and close the door. The adrenaline was wearing off. She felt completely drained.

Carly closed her eyes as Cain pulled the pickup out of the parking lot and drove off down the road.

It was eleven p.m. The sign for Loretta’s Café glowed like a dull moon in the darkness. Linc parked Carly’s pickup, walked around and helped her down, slid an arm around her waist as he led her inside.

“Two coffees, Loretta, and some privacy. Thanks, hun.”

“No problem, Ace.”

He gave her a slight smile, the best he could manage under the circumstances. He was supposed to be watching out for Carly. He had promised Joe. Tonight men had attacked her with a knife. When he’d seen her struggling, his protective instincts had kicked in and he’d wanted to tear them apart limb by limb.

In the old days he might have tried. He was a different man now. Smarter. More in control. He fought more with his head these days than his hands, though he still hit the heavy bag, even sparred with a partner once in a while.

They sat down at a table covered by a pink vinyl cloth. Loretta, a fifty-something blonde, set two china mugs of coffee in front of them and quietly walked away.

Cain turned to Carly, whose face was the same bone white as the mug. She hadn’t told him everything. He’d made a fortune reading people. She hadn’t lied but she was holding something back.

Kat Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of sixty-five books across multiple genres.
Sixteen million copies are in print, and she has been published in twenty-one foreign countries, including Japan, France, Argentina, Greece, China, and Spain. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious RITA award and won both the Lifetime Achievement and Reviewer’s Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews.

A resident of Missoula, Montana, Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. She and her author husband, L.J. Martin, spend their winters in Ventura, California. She is currently writing her next Romantic Suspense.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Unlikelies Blog Tour: Giveaway for a Finished Copy of the Book ~ 3 Winners!

The Unlikelies
by Carrie Firestone
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good Samaritanism in a novel that's part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating.

Rising high-school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress, and a video of her good deed goes viral.

Suddenly Internet-famous, Sadie's summer changes for the better when she's introduced to other "hometown heroes." These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying "no good deed goes unpunished." Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships -- and anonymity -- intact?

This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom.

Carrie Firestone has lived in rural, urban, and suburban places, and while she currently lives in the suburbs, she is decidedly a CITY person. She loves parties, all kinds of music, and books about random people doing random things in random places. She loves to travel with her husband and two daughters, Lauren and Emily. When she isn’t writing, you might find her reluctantly sharing her popcorn at the movies, trying to get people (or dogs) to do a conga line, or adding items to her loose-ends list.

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The Descendant Prophecies Book Tour and Giveaway for a $20 Amazon Gift Card

From Gods
Descendant Prophecies Book 1
by Mary Ting
Genre: Urban Fantasy

***2013 InD'Tale RONE Award Finalist for YA****
Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day?
Don’t blame Mother Nature.
Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers. Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil. She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her.
Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?

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From Deities
Descendant Prophecies Book 2

***Ms. Ting seamlessly blends classic mythology with contemporary college-life, and heightens the stakes against seemingly impossible odds. Without a doubt, this author rocks at world building! ~InD'tale Magazine
A mysterious stranger enters Skylar’s inner circle, destroying her precarious peace. She begins college amid new secrets, emerging powers, fresh dangers, and a potential stepfather.

In New Olympus, a hidden dwelling place for descendants of the gods, she finally gets answers. But can she trust them? Skylar and the Grand family must work together with these descendants to discover the key to their rescue from the evolving, evil vultures of Hades.
As the threat increases, Skylar must learn to control her newfound powers and decide who to trust before it’s too late.

From Origins
Descendant Prophecies Book 3

Faced with an impossible choice, Skylar and the other descendants embark on a deadly quest to the underworld to confront Hades, who has been plotting to kill them all.
They discover the ancient gods are not dead, as once believed, but are instead held captive in a secret location. In order to save the world from destruction at the hands of Hephaestus, the descendants must rescue their ancestors, the gods of Olympus.
Skylar learns more about her bloodline and her powers, but there is a heavy price to pay. The darkest forces known to man are about to return to reclaim their stolen kingdom.

From Titans
Descendant Prophecies Book 4

Everyone is searching for Mason.
Zeus sent Hermes, and the Oracles have used their magic, with no success. A sparkle of hope arises when Eris, the goddess of Chaos, sends an invitation to her wedding engagement party. She’s holding Mason hostage, and Skylar and her friends only need permission to enter Eris’s world to rescue him.
At the party, Eris gives them one condition: In exchange for Mason, they must travel to the Land of Reverse and bring back the bottle of gold water King Midas used to wash himself free of his gift. Further chaos follows when Eris not only sets up a hunt in the Labyrinth of Crete, but makes a bargain with the Titans she rescued.
The Titans possess power more than anyone anticipated, and Cronus is hungry for revenge after his own children locked him up in Tartarus. No one is safe. Not even the humans.

International bestselling author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one, Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book, No Bullies Allowed.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Chasing Love Book Tour and Giveaway for a Print Book and $5 Amazon Gift Card

By Melissa West
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 5/30/17

Farming family land on sunny Crestler’s Key, the sweet, sexy Littleton brothers are notorious bachelors. But all that will change when the right woman comes along…

There aren’t many things Charlie Littleton values more than his lifelong friendship with his buddy Lucas, currently home from a tour in Iraq. But when he discovers that Lucas’s younger sister, Lila, is back to assist the town’s overburdened veterinarian, Charlie is torn. She’s no longer the skinny, awkward kid he remembers, but a gorgeous woman -- one Lucas would never approve of him dating. When Lucas asks him to watch out for Lila when he’s called to duty again, Charlie can’t say no – but he can’t pretend it’s easy to ignore his feelings either.

As a teen, Lila crushed on Charlie – hard -- and the man he’s grown up to be is even more wonderful than she dreamed. Relationships are a tricky business, though, and too much history is at stake to risk one now. But every moment they’re together is heated by their simmering attraction -- and one day an impulsive kiss leads to much more. What’s tangled in a matter of loyalty soon becomes a question of the kind of love worth chasing…

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“Nah-ah, boy, you better take that dog on out of here.” Charlie Littleton tightened his hold on Henry’s leash and shot Patty a look. “You know he doesn’t bark.” The bakery owner placed a hand on her hip and cocked it for effect. Like always, she wore an apron with the AJ&P Bakery yellow-and-blue logo on it, though you could scarcely see it through the flour and spices smeared across the apron.

“Right,” Patty said now. “A dog that don’t bark. Is that sort of like a man who don’t eat? Because as far as I’m concerned that’s a fictional being. Like the dog. But if you do find a man who will share his sandwich, you be sure to point him in my direction, okay? But seeing as how that man don’t exist, kind of like that nonbarking dog don’t exist, I don’t expect you to be introducing me to him anytime soon.” She winked at him and clucked her tongue. “Now, you take that cute bottom of yours out of here, leave the dog in your truck, then come back and I’ll make you a roast beef with extra au jus.”

Charlie peered around the bakery, the smells of fresh baked bread and toasted hot sandwiches hitting his nose. His stomach grumbled. Of course, the small bakery and sandwich shop was packed today, half the town there to witness Charlie getting put in his place. A part of him wanted to remind Patty that his family’s farm supplied most of her produce and could just as easily refuse to deliver, but he’d learned long ago to retreat slowly and carefully when dealing with the bakery owner.

“Fine, but I’m holding you to that extra au jus.”

Patty flashed him a grin. “It’ll be waiting for you, honey.” Then she waved her hand through the air in a sign that he better get moving, and then she went to greet someone else. Someone without a dog.

Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and teen sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn't like kissing? She lives outside of Atlanta, GA, with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

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When Darkness Falls Book Tour and Giveaway

When Darkness Falls
The First Vampire Redemption Story
by Ellen Chauvet
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Lexie Miles, a southern belle living her dream life in Paris, is devastated when her best friend Emma is brutally raped and murdered by vampires. From that moment, Lexie’s “perfect world” begins to crumble. She discovers her entire life has been a sham, and everyone she cares about has been lying to her. Angry doesn’t begin to describe her reaction to the news.

Plunged into a two-thousand-year-old war between good and evil, she is propelled into a world of blood, lust and dark secrets. She must embrace her birthright to fight an ancient threat to humanity. Bequeathed with the dubious gift of being the “Chosen One,” Lexie meets the enigmatic Etienne Benoit. She falls hard for him, and when he betrays her, she vows to get revenge. After all, she is a vampire executioner, and killing vampires is what she does.

Ellen Chauvet lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her love for reading and writing developed at an early age, and she wrote several short stories and plays, which were lost over the years. In 2003, a friend introduced her to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and Ellen was fascinated by the idea of good and evil vampires. She particularly loves Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton. When Darkness Falls is the first in a series of books called The Vampire Redemption Series and is adult fiction.

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