#BookBlitz: Father Figure by James J. Cudney @jamescudney4 @shanannigans81 #Excerpt #Giveaway

I’m super excited to share this post with you, I was a beta reader for Father Figure and the author James Cudney is a very good friend. I can tell you that this book is outstanding and from the outset weaves a web of mystery which is laced with romance, drama and suspense. My review is coming soon but in the mean time don’t miss out on this fantastic novel!

 

Description

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town, and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.

Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the subsequent collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.

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Excerpt

As Amalia leaned in toward Carter expecting him to reach for it with his hand, a devilish gleam in his eyes appeared. “You’re not gonna try to pull me in, are you?” She suppressed a wary giggle deep in her gut. Or maybe it was excitement. She wasn’t sure.

 

 

“Did you want to come in the water with me?”

 

 

Amalia pulled her bottom lip inside her mouth, running her top teeth over it, contemplating how to respond. “I don’t have a swimsuit.” She lifted her hand in his direction, her fingers still nimbly holding a small piece of the sandwich. “Here, take it.”

 

 

Carter raised himself a few inches higher and brought his mouth to her impatiently waiting fingers. His full lips gently sealed the temporarily open gap between them. Amalia’s hand, uncertain what he was doing, twitched. Carter reached up with his right arm while his other held his body against the dock. He enveloped her hand with his, steadying her fingers near his lips as he slipped the morsel in his mouth. Swallowing the length of her index finger and thumb, he pulled back with delicate ease. When he reached the tip of her fingers, he paused and immersed himself in her eyes. “You taste delicious.” Carter blinked in slow motion for what could have been thirty seconds but had barely been two or three.

 

 

“You mean the sandwich does.” Amalia traced her finger against the soft patch of skin above his chin. His face was as smooth as her own flesh. A shiver meandered the curves of her dampening back.

 

 

“If you say so.” Carter pulled himself fully out of the water landing near the other side of the dock. Barely two feet separated them, but he was careful not to drip any water on her a second time.

 

As he laid across the wooden planks dropping a handful of chips in his mouth, Amalia’s eyes lingered on his torso noticing not a single spot of hair on his chest or stomach. But Carter didn’t have a stomach. He had a set of eight curved ridges that spanned the distance from his sternum to the top of his black trunks, a solid washboard of muscle. His dark swimsuit highlighted a sharp contrast to his golden skin leaving her increasingly curious about what lurked beneath the trunks. She’d noticed other guys without their shirts, but none resembled Carter. Her hand quivered at the thought of his body nestled against hers. Amalia closed her eyes, then forced herself to look away, certain she shouldn’t extend the reach of her fingers to his flesh.

 

 

“How’s the water?” She stared in the opposite direction fumbling with the button on her blouse. The heat had begun to break down her barriers. Amalia considered taking off her shoes and dipping her feet into the lake. There wasn’t any danger in showing…

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About James J. Cudney

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James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com

What do I do outside of writing: I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.

A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

Author Links

Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

Author Website: https://jamesjcudney.com

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TitleFather Figure
Series: N/A
Author: James J. Cudney
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Mystery | Suspense | Romance
Publisher: Creativia
Publication Date: 2 April 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 415
Buy: Books2Read – Universal Buy Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer

#BookBlitz: Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott @Kierney_S @bookouture #Review

I’m super pleased to welcome you to my stop on the book blitz for Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott. This is a mega blitz so check out some of the other stops all listed on the banner below.

Cross Your Heart is the second book in the Detective Jessica Bishop series, if you missed my review of the first book Forget Me Not check it out here.

Description

Blinking her eyes open, she looks around the room, taking in the bed and the wardrobe full of clothes she’s never seen before. This isn’t her bedroom. Those aren’t her clothes. She begins to cry as she wonders if she’ll ever see her own home again.

Three young girls are missing. All of them cold cases. All of them forgotten. But when Detective Jess Bishop identifies a disturbing link between them, she’s determined to find out what happened, and fights to re-open their cases.

At the scene of each abduction the kidnapper left a clue – a small bag of candy – in place of the missing child.

And then a fourth child is taken. Eight-year-old Ava is snatched from her hospital bed and when a bag of candy is found in her room, Jessica knows it’s the same kidnapper.

As the pressure to solve the case pushes Jess and her team to breaking point, Jess takes a personal risk she fears she’ll live to regret. But she has no choice.

Out of hospital, Ava can only get sicker: Jess is running out of time. Can she find Ava before it’s too late?

An absolutely gripping thriller that will have your pulse racing. Cross Your Heart is perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner. Cross Your Heart - Blitz Banner

Review

I rarely read this genre, I’m happy to put my hands up and say it scares the bejeezus out of me so I’m happy not to subject myself to it too often. I make exceptions for a couple of authors though and Kierney Scott is one of those authors. I’ve read Cross Your Heart a couple of times as I beta read for Kierney and even after the most recent time the impact of the story was just as intense as the first time.

Kierney has woven a story which is as deeply disturbing as it is enjoyable, ensuring that as a reader you are swept up into Jess’ world of murder and sickness. Not fully recovered from the events of the first book Jess and her team are thrown head first into a case involving murdered children. This case sees them racing against the clock to try and save the next child’s life while Jess yet again becomes front and centre fodder for the murderer.

I love how Kierney weaves things together, this was so well thought out with some wonderful twists. I am a huge fan of Jess, I find the way she deals with her anxiety and stress to be so realistic. I can relate to her in a way I rarely can with characters in books. I feel a real affinity with this character and thoroughly enjoy reading her. I just kinda wish she didn’t have to be put through the grinder so much!

I am a big fan of both Chan and Jamison. Chan is a little cocky but I always get a sense he’s also a bit insecure and uses his cockiness as a cover, he’s a really good detective though and him and Jess bounce off of each other well and this comes over well in a few places during interviews in this book. Jamison is the one the romance reader in me loves, he’s the one I’m rooting for. There are subtle things he says and does that tells me it’s not all over for them…not yet.

Finally, I have to give a big shout out to Agent Claire Ayres who kicks butt in this book…seriously having a character named after you rocks big time! Thanks Kierney!

I’m very grateful to Kierney Scott and Bookouture for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

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About Kierney Scott

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Originally from California, Kierney Scott lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her husband and their daughter.

In her spare time she likes to read and invent new recipes. Her stuffed peppers are particularly popular with her family, as are her grain-free chocolate chip cookies. In an effort to convert her family to the joys of pumpkin, she created the Great Pumpkin Challenge. For the ten weeks before Thanksgiving, they tried a new pumpkin recipe every week. Pumpkin arancini and pumpkin queso were a big hit. She has promised her daughter to never again roast pumpkin and call them chips.

She loves hearing from readers. If you would like to get in touch, you can email her at KierneyScott@gmail.com

Author links:
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/kierney.scott

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Kierney_S

 

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TitleCross Your Heart
Series: Detective Jess Bishop #2
AuthorKierney Scott
Genre: Thriller | Mystery | Mental Health
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 25 April 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 242
Buy: Books2Read (Universal link redirects to your preferred store)

#ReleaseBlitz: Devros by Echo Hart @EchoHartAuthor

I am so excited to be a part of this release blitz for Devros by Echo Hart I will be reviewing this book very soon, I’m a bit backlogged at the moment but I promise to get it to you soon, in the meantime check it out and pick yourself a copy up!

 

 

Description

Life…
We are born and raised with values to the best of our parents’ abilities, so that one day we can be set free in the world as respectable and contributing members of society.
If we are lucky, we flourish and find our happily ever after; The one person who tilts our world on its axis. The person we hope to spend our life with, to start a family with, and pass on to them what our parents instilled in us.
Ten years ago, I fell madly in love.
It was toxic.
It was forbidden.
It was wrong.
I did the right thing; I walked away.
Because I, Laney O’Neil, am a good person…
Then why have I spent the last nine years wishing I didn’t do the right thing? Why do I still crave his touch and dream of the way he set me on fire?
Simple, because the power he had over my body was like nothing I’ve ever had again since him.
I want his brand of toxic.
I want forbidden.
I want wrong.
I want him.
So much for being a good person, huh?

 

 

 

 

About Echo Hart

Echo Hart lived most of her life in NJ, but now resides in MI with her husband of 20 years and two beautiful daughters ages 19 and 11.
She is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys camping, outings to the beach, anything chocolate and is a huge coffee addict; however, her true passion lies within the pages of a romance novel.

Echo Hart has always dreamed of one day writing her own book, and after going from an avid reader, to starting her own book blog. She is now making her dream a reality with the release of her third romance novel, Devros.

Here are all the places you can follow Echo…..

FB AUTHOR PAGE – https://www.facebook.com/EchoHartAuthor/
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TWITTER – https://twitter.com/EchoHartAuthor
INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/echo_hart_author/
GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16287914.Echo_Hart

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WEBSITE – www.echohartauthor.com

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TitleDevros
Series: Embedded Duet #1
Author: Echo Hart
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 20 April 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 149
Buy: Books2Read (Universal link redirects to preferred retailer)

#BookBlitz: Callan by Sybil Bartel @SybilBartel @XpressoTours #Excerpt

You will notice I’ve dropped my normal purple in favour of orange again. This can only mean one thing, Callan is in the house! Huge thanks to Sybil Bartel and Xpresso Tours for having me be part of this Book Blitz.

I am so excited about this book which was released on Monday and I am also on the tour, my stop is tomorrow and I cannot wait to review this book for you guys, honestly I didn’t need to read it to tell you it is fantastic, I’ve had it on pre-order for FOREVER and this is a book that I know will absolutely blow your minds. Sybil Bartel is one of my favourite authors in this genre and I am thrilled to be able to support her with this new release! You will also have to excuse me while you read this post because I’m going to sit back here and swoon at the cover.

If you need catching up on the Uncompromising series here are links to my reviews so far:

Description

Callan

I was trained to be a hunter. Growing up in the nation’s most infamous, violent cult, my job was simple. Track. Kill. Survive.

And that’s what I did… until our leader threatened to kill his own daughter.

Refusing to watch another senseless murder, I did what I was trained to do. I took his life. Then I claimed his land, and set every member free, including her. I only had one goal left. Find the sister I was told was dead.

But being a hunter in the woods is a far cry from tracking a woman in Miami Beach.

I didn’t find my sister.

I found my stepsister.

*CALLAN is the fifth standalone book in the Uncompromising Series. You do not have to read the books in this series in order, but if you prefer to read them in the order written, The Uncompromising Series is listed below.*

The Uncompromising Series:

TALON

NEIL

ANDRÉ

BENNETT

CALLAN

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Excerpt

She stepped back and turned to leave.

 

 

Suddenly, I was starved for human interaction. Not just any interaction, but female interaction. Two years was probably too long to go without speaking unless absolutely necessary, but it hadn’t felt lonely, not until this unexpected female smiled at me. “What is your name?”

 

 

Denim shorts hugging her womanly curves, showing off tanned legs, she paused and looked over her shoulder. Her brown hair cascaded down her back, the soft waves reaching almost to her waist. “Are you hitting on me?”

 

 

I frowned. “Hitting on you?”

 

 

“Right, okay, um, sorry.” Her cheeks flushed beautifully. “Of course you weren’t. You’re….” Her hand fluttered in the air gracefully as her gaze dropped to my chest. She gave a small, shy laugh and met my eyes again. “I’m just going to stop talking now. Have a good day.”

 

 

“I would never hit you.” The thought was abhorrent.

 

 

She stopped. “No, I meant….” Her head cocked to the side, and she looked at me curiously. “Never mind. Are you from around here?”

 

 

“Yes.” The compound was close enough.

 

 

She kept looking at me, but not in the usual way females on the compound looked at me. Almost six and half feet, blond hair, blue eyes, I knew I was attractive to the opposite sex, but this woman was not looking at me like she merely wanted my seed.

 

 

Mesmerized by her, I gave her a name I had never said out loud. “I am Callan.” The six letters strung together on a birth certificate I had never seen sounded as foreign as my voice.

 

 

Wide and pure, her smile came naturally and without motive. “I’m Emily. Nice to meet you, Callan.”

 

 

I had never met a female outside the compound gates. “You are beautiful.” And she was. Like the saplings in spring, she was new and fresh and full of promise.

 

 

Heat instantly colored her cheeks, and she looked away.

 

 

I frowned. “Did I say something wrong?”

About Sybil Bartel

Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never rely on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

Author links:

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Title: Callan
Series: Uncompromising #5
Author: Sybil Bartel
Genre: Romance | Adult | Contemporary
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 26 March 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 176
Buy: Books2Read (Universal link will direct you to preferred supplier)

#BookBlitz: Bennett by Sybil Bartel @SybilBartel @XpressoTours #Excerpt #Giveaway

I am so excited to be a part of this book blitz for Bennett by Sybil Bartel and organised by Xpresso Book Tours. Released today, I have had this book on pre-order since the day it was available, and I have been so excited about its release. Later today I will be posting a review as I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Sybil Bartel but right now I’m going to share an excerpt from this fantastic novel with you and give you an opportunity to win big in a great Blitz-wide giveaway.

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Being the drummer for the hottest new rock band should’ve been a dream come true. Sold out shows, women, more money than I deserved…

But I didn’t want any of it.

The fame sucked, the money was a burden and I’d given away my only chance at ever having her—my best friend’s sister.

I wasn’t supposed to touch her. My best friend made me swear I wouldn’t. Then he was deployed, and he told me to look out for her. Except being around her while still keeping my distance was slowly killing me. Touring with the band should’ve been the perfect escape… Until I fucked up.

I fucked up so bad, she was half-conscious in my arms, fighting for her life.

* BENNETT is the fourth standalone book in the Uncompromising Series.

The Uncompromising Series:
TALON
NEIL (Review coming tomorrow!)
ANDRE
BENNETT (Review coming this afternoon)

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Excerpt

The taste of rage filled my mouth. “Tell me who beat you.”

 

“Tell me why you came to my house,” she countered.

 

My jaw clenched, and I gave her more than I ever had. “To see you.”

 

Her voice turned quiet. “Why?”

 

“Give me a name.” I was going to kill whoever did this.

 

“Give me a reason.”

 

The Elyssia I knew wasn’t confrontational. She wasn’t a fighter. She was silently strong and determined. She’d put herself back together after her mother died, and she lived her life like there was good in everything. But this woman in front of me was different.

 

I could stand here and demand she tell me who did this, but I already saw she wasn’t going to budge. It wouldn’t matter what the hell I said right now. I could tell her I was going to kill the fucking bastard who did this. I could tell her she fucking broke me when she’d kissed me, and it’d taken a year to get over feeling like an asshole who wasn’t worthy of her. I could even tell her I was done trying to stay the fuck away from her. But I didn’t say any of it.

 

Like a coward, I evaded. “I didn’t like how we left things.”

 

She studied me a moment. “How did we leave things?”

 

I stared into her gorgeous eyes. “Unfinished.”

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About Sybil Bartel

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Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

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TitleBennett
SeriesUncompromising #4
Author: Sybil Bartel
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 19 December 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 231
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#BookBlitz: The Night Realm by Annette Marie @AnnetteMMarie @XpressoTours #Excerpt #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this book blitz for The Night Realm by Annette Marie organised by Xpresso Book Tours. Check out more about this book below along with an excerpt. This is the first book in the new Spell Weaver series. Also for release week the book will be discounted to 99p/99c so get in early!

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Clio would love nothing more than to go home. But as the illegitimate daughter of the nymph king, she’s stuck in the human world, exiled until she can earn a place in the royal family. Then her half-brother offers her a chance to prove herself. All she has to do is acquire some magic … by stealing it from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld.

Lyre prefers to go unnoticed, which is a tricky objective for an incubus. He can’t hide his looks or his coveted spell weaving skills, but he’s learned to mask his true intentions. As an unwilling pawn of the tyrannical Hades family, he stays alive by keeping one step ahead of his masters.

Now he’s been assigned to watch over a visitor from the Overworld—one who’s definitely hiding something. And with her unholy talent for triggering chaos and catastrophe, his job just keeps getting more perilous. Clearly, she’ll never survive this world.

The thing is, he’s no longer sure he can survive it either.

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Excerpt

As she stepped up to the last rack of shelves, she realized she hadn’t quite reached the end of the room. Tucked beyond the last shelf was another door—solid steel with no visible handle or lock. A web of magic crisscrossed the metal and complex runes filled four overlapping circles that shifted in a spiraling pattern.

 

She raised her fingers, keeping a safe several inches between her skin and the steel, and traced a glowing circle. That. She’d never seen anything quite like that before, but she knew it would react to touch. How it would react was another matter.

 

Intrigued, she leaned in closer, peering intently at the weaving’s underlayers as she tried to work out what it did.

 

“Don’t touch that.”

 

Lyre’s voice shattered the silence right behind her. A squeak of fright escaped her as she jerked backward from the door. But, with her sudden movement, her hand went the wrong way. And her fingers, already so close to the door, slapped against the metal.

 

She cringed in terror, fully expecting the door to explode or her bones to melt or her skull to burst open. Nothing happened—until she tried to pull her hand away.

 

It was stuck.

 

She yanked on her hand, but it was fused to the metal as though her skin had been superglued in place.

 

“I told you not to touch it.”

 

She shot a glare at Lyre, standing two paces away. “I wouldn’t have touched it if you hadn’t startled me!”

 

He tucked his binder under his arm and shoved his hands in his pockets. “Why would you touch anything in here without permission?”

 

“I told you—” She bit off the words. “Unkey the spell.”

 

“Hmm.” He rocked back on his heels and a downright evil little smirk curved his lips. “Not sure I know how.”

 

“What?”

 

“That lovely bit of work predates me. It’s pretty complicated. Since you fancy yourself a spell expert, if you look here, you’ll see—”

 

He started to point, and she had no idea why, but she flinched back as though he might hit her. Her elbow bumped the door—and got stuck too.

 

Lyre’s hand paused. “Now look what you did.”

 

“I didn’t—you—get me off this!”

 

“As I was saying, you can see here that the weaving amalgamates anything that touches it, so it’s embedded into your skin now—”

 

“Get me off this door!” She jerked helplessly, her immobilized wrist and elbow twisting awkwardly.

 

“Well, I could pull you off, but you might lose some skin. Though, since the weaving is spreading into your flesh the longer you stand there, you might leave more than skin behind.”

 

Her heart kicked up to a full gallop from her growing terror. He, however, seemed perfectly calm. Amused, in fact. Humor danced in his amber eyes, softening the color to something closer to buttery gold.

 

He was laughing at her.

 

“Oh.” His eyebrows rose. “That’s quite the scowl.”

 

She gritted her teeth. “Get. Me. Off.”

 

Those irresistible lips curved up and her stomach dropped to her feet. The air heated. Why was she suddenly kind of dizzy? Shadows slid through his eyes, dimming the amber to shimmering bronze.

 

“Get you off?” he repeated, and his tones were all purring honey, warm and deep and sensual. “With pleasure.”

 

A hot blush swooped through her cheeks as she realized what she’d said. “I—I didn’t mean—I was—”

 

In a panic, she lurched away from him—right into the spelled door.

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About Annette Marie

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Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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TitleThe Night Realm
SeriesSpell Weaver #1
Author: Annette Marie
Genre: Adult | Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc
Publication Date: 20 October 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: TBA
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#BookBlitz: Lure by C.M. Stunich @CMStunich @XpressoTours #Excerpt #Review #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this book blitz for Lure by C.M. Stunich organised by Xpresso Book Tours. Check out more about this book below along with an excerpt and as a bonus as I had already bought the book I’ve added my review below as well. This is the first book in the new Mafia Queen series.

Description

Three gloriously wicked mafia bosses.
They play with the dark strings of my heart, lure me into temptation.
As the daughter of crime kingpin, Carlo Costello, I have responsibilities.
First, ferret out the traitors.
Next, bring four legendary New York City families together.

I feel like a pawn on the board, a piece lost in a dirty game of violence, sex, and corruption.
But I’m done with being the pawn; I want to be queen.
And I’ll have three kings to reign beside me.

That is, if the sex and the seduction doesn’t kill me first.
One of my lovers is a traitor.
My heart doesn’t care.
But the families will.

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Excerpt

“Miss Costello,” a voice greeted before I’d even gotten the chance to settle onto the leather bench seat.  “It’s a pleasure.”

Holy.  Shit.

My skin rippled with sinful delight and I unknowingly wet my lower lip with my tongue.

The voice that was speaking from the shadows was warm, but dangerous, this easy tone that belied the true nature underneath.  It was darkness made sound, like church bells in the night, a warning to lone travelers to stay away.  To run.

I just wasn’t sure if I was supposed to run away … or run toward it.

“Mr. Moran,” I said, feeling my heartbeat pick up in a staccato rhythm that sloshed the blood between my ears and turned the volume up on my pulse to a point where I could barely hear my own thoughts.

I blinked several times, trying to adjust to the low light in the backseat.

Before I’d even gotten the chance to gather my thoughts, a hand was coming to rest on my right leg, the scorching path of a thumbprint chasing its away across the bare skin below the slit in my dress.

Shivers of heat rose up in my skin, obliterating the words in my mouth, freezing my hand in mid-movement as I tried to shove Marcell’s away.

“A pleasure,” he repeated, withdrawing his hand and leaving me an icy ruin.

“I …”  I had no idea what to say, sitting there and blinking through the shadows at the most beautiful man I’d ever seen.  I mean Bo was handsome, but … the man sitting next to me was pure unadulterated sin.  He was lust given life, a demon risen from the depths of hell, as beautiful as he was dangerous.

The words died on my lips.

“Can I get you a drink?” he asked, his eyes as black as the darkness outside the SUV, his hair an indistinguishable shade from the shadows.  His smile was liquid agony, melting my insides and calling up every single shred of my DNA that belonged to the Costello family.

Hot.  Impulsive.  Easy to anger and quick to lust.

It was literally in my blood.

And I’d been ignoring it for eight, almost nine, years.

That was going to come back to bite me in the ass, wasn’t it?

Review

Adelasia is the only child of a mob boss, she walked away in favour of a normal life, but now she’s being dragged back in kicking and screaming by her father and she knows that there is no other choice but to do what he wants, to date three underbosses from other families

In true C.M. Stunich style there is no holding back, or beating around the bush, this book holds plenty of hot and heavy moments as the story builds up. Adelasia wants nothing more than to get back to her life, her friends, her boyfriend but she’s beholden to her Father’s demands.

There’s just one more kicker, as she starts to get used to the idea of dating these three men, she finds out one is a traitor and she is going to have to root out which one.  Nothing is ever easy for the daughter of the most powerful mob boss in town.

I make no secrets about being a huge fan of C.M. Stunich’s reverse harem novels and this was another corking entry to the fold my only disappointment was that it was really short and just as it really got going it came to an end. But with some hot, bad, men. A female lead who has a bad side that I can’t wait to see come out this is going to be an outstanding series.

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About C.M. Stunich

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C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.

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TitleLure
SeriesMafia Queen #1
Author: C.M. Stunich
Genre: Adult | Romance | Erotica | Reverse Harem
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 21 September 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 123
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US