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Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken Blog Tour with Excerpt

Infraction, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is Available NOW!!


Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken

Release Date: January 9th

Genre: Contemporary Romance


New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken proves that everyone scores to win. But off the field, a fumble can change the entire game.

Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team. Still, he can’t stop himself.

Kinsey’s whole world is on the verge of crumbling. Her dad has cancer. Her overprotective brother is falling apart. Dating Miller may be a fake-out, but he’s the one guy who can make her forget about everything—including all the reasons she stayed away from football players. With each heated moment, Miller feels more like a safe place…even though he’s not safe at all.

Now temptation is testing every rule in the game of love. But how long can they go on playing when winning is a harder goal than either of them imagined?


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“I didn’t say I wanted a one-night stand.”

“Wow, changing your spots?”

I gripped her hand; she tried to jerk it away. “What if I want two? Maybe three? What if I want four?”

“Then I’d say you’re greedy.”

“When it comes to you?” I growled, pulling her to her feet. “Yes.”

Everyone was dancing around us but it felt like we were alone. Jax had since walked to the other side of the room. I backed Kinsey up against one of the walls, a potted plant guarded us, but not by much.

“I’ll just keep asking.”

“I’m not ready to move back in with my brother,” she huffed. “And if we complicate things, and it goes bad, which it will, what happens then?”

“So take a risk.”

“You’re asking me to trust you?”

“No.” I shook my head bitterly. “In every area of your life, your safety, your happiness, your health—you can trust me. Just don’t give me your heart, not when I’m not even sure I still have mine.”

She snorted. “So it’s going to be about just sex.”

“Distraction from your dad, distraction from Jax, let’s call it a mutual distraction between really good friends . . . the best of friends.” I kissed her temple then snaked my hand around her rib cage, lightly tickling her skin with my fingers as I raised her shirt, my knuckles grazing her belly button as I went higher and higher until I cupped her breast. She sucked in a breath, and I moved my hand back down her stomach until I came into contact with the front of her jeans.

“What are you doing?” she hissed.

“Nothing,” I whispered against her ear, kissing the hollow of her neck while my hand cupped her and then lifted her hips onto my leg, bracing it against the wall. I moved just enough for her to buck against my leg, and press her hands on my chest. “Nothing at all. You get to decide what happens.”

She huffed out a curse and pressed down on my leg again. “You’re a very bad friend.”

“I’m the best damn friend in this room.” I kept peppering light kisses against her mouth. “Come on, Waffle, time for the syrup.”

“Bad.” She rode me slow, she rode my leg hard, I imagined pulsing inside her, the walls of her body squeezing me into a slow painful death. “This is . . . so inappropriate.”

“You drive a man to want a hell of a lot of inappropriate, Kins. You’ve been driving me fucking crazy for two weeks. And since it’s all about your terms, I’m giving you the keys—you know you like to drive—so give yourself a ride, sweetheart . . . take it.”

I gripped her hips and guided her just enough so she could get a rhythm, then slowly scooted us into the shadow behind the plant and the chair to my right. We were hidden, but not enough that we couldn’t get caught.

“I need . . .” She let out a little moan and punched me in the chest, and then gave her head a shake and started mauling me with her mouth.

I grabbed her hips, slamming her tight little body against mine, and she climbed all over me, her body meeting my thrusts like we were two horny teenagers skipping class.

It felt so good, I was seconds away from getting her naked against the wall. She slowed her movements, arching against my leg, then pressed her palm to my dick; the touch set me off so hard that I drew blood against my bottom lip.

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

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Begin Again: A Collection of Short Stories about Hope, Healing, and Love….Release Blitz with Review!

Begin Again

A collection of short stories about Hope, Healing, and Love, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and NAMI.

Release Date: January 11, 2018



There are times when the Earth stops moving and the weight of its gravity pulls you down, deeper than you ever thought possible. You tumble farther than you ever imagined falling…

And when the sun goes black and your heart feels empty, starting over seems like an impossible feat…

You’re not alone.

Twenty-Two Authors have joined together in this collection of short stories about fresh starts and second chances to help illustrate that even when life takes away everything, and when hope is a horizon you think you’ll never catch, it is possible to Begin Again.

*All Proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and NAMI*

Featuring short stories by:

A.M. Johnson

Stephanie Rose

J.A. DeRouen

Ginger Scott

Anne Jolin

Ariadne Wayne

Emery Jacobs

M. Andrews

K.P. Haigh

K. Renee

Maria MacDonald

Faith Andrews

K.K. Allen

Mara White

Autumn Grey

Josephine Brierley

Amanda Richardson

Stephie Walls

Jaci Wheeler

Stephanie Alba

L.A. Taylor

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What an amazing group of writers, and what a wonderful, hopeful collection of stories. There are several authors that are my favorites, and I found some new ones as well!!!

I haven’t had the opportunity to read each and every story in the collection, but each is filled with hope in times of darkness. Anyone who has experienced times of pain and despair that you thought you would never escape from or who knows someone who has, this book lets you know you aren’t alone. There is a way out of the pain and darkness, and joy and lightness aren’t out of your reach. It’s there within your reach!

I was especially moved by the Foreword by Rebecca Yarros. Don’t we wish we all had those words when we were sixteen. I was actually given an ARC to read, but I was so moved emotionally that I also bought this book. It is an important book, and ALL PROCEEDS go to NAMI and The American Association for Suicide Prevention. It was a no-brainer for me…I get to read works by my favorite writers, and my money goes to a wonderful, lifesaving cause!



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Thrive (Guardian Protection, #2) by Aly Martinez Teaser Share! Coming January 18!

Today we are sharing some teasers for THRIVE by Aly Martinez. Thrive is the second book in the Guardian Protection series and it can be read as a complete standalone. It will be releasing on January 18! Be sure to sign up for the RELEASE ALERT to be notified when the book goes live! The audiobook and paperback are live!

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Thrive by Aly Martinez (Guardian Protection, #2)

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Technically, you aren’t supposed to fall in love with your best friend’s girl.

But if we’re talking technicalities, he wasn’t supposed to be cheating on her every other weekend, either.

The day I met Mira York, I knew she was off-limits. But after months of stealing side-glances while he ruined the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen, I realized there wasn’t a rule in the world I wouldn’t break to make her mine.

She chose him anyway.

I wasn’t sure how I’d ever move on, but bitterness turned into fuel for my fire.

Without Mira, I thrived.

Until seventeen years later, when she showed back up, begging for protection from the very same man she’d left me for all those years earlier.

Now, it was my turn to choose.

And she wasn’t going to like my answer.

THRIVE takes place seventeen years AFTER a love triangle.

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Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.




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Bayside Passions by Melissa Foster Book Tour with Review & Giveaway!!



Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod.


BAYSIDE SUMMERS is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.


When Emery Andrews’s best friend, Desiree, moves away, falls in love, and opens a an inn all in one summer, she feels her absence like a missing limb. Until she visits over the holidays and meets sinfully hot Dean Masters, who’s as easy on the eyes as he is to talk to. After returning home, what starts as a flurry of late-night flirtations quickly turns into a deep connection and unexpected friendship. Now, months later, Desiree offers Emery a job teaching yoga at the inn. Adventurous Emery jumps at the chance and heads for Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to reunite with her BFF and her new close friend, Dean.

After months of sharing their lives, and their secrets, over video chats and phone calls, Dean’s ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he’ll have to bide his time.

When Emery finds a naked man in her kitchen the first morning she’s there, Dean doesn’t hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now Emery will see what’s right before her eyes–although that guy she’s got a date with might be a problem.

All BAYSIDE SUMMERS books can be read as standalone novels or as part of the series:

Bayside Desires Book 1
Bayside Passions
Bayside Heat (available for pre-order)
Bayside Escape


*** Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Visit Melissa’s website for family trees, series checklists, and more.


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Well, Melissa Foster has made me fall in love yet again! Bayside Passions is definitely the perfect title for this book. The passion that simmers between Emery and Dean kept me turning the pages until I was unfortunately at the end of the book! I didn’t want to say good-bye to them.

Emery blew into Dean’s life last Christmas, and the two became fast friends texting and talking when she returned home. Emery doesn’t know it, but Dean feels a lot more than friendship for her. She has sworn off dating friends, and Dean is afraid he may always be relegated to that role. One of the things I love about him is he doesn’t give up when faced with a challenge, and when he decides he is going to show Emery how good they could be together, she better watch out! These two have got chemistry!!!! As determined as Dean is, they will face some obstacles before they can find their HEA.

Dean is absolute perfection. He is sexy, confident, and goes after what he wants. He is strong, but underneath that tough exterior lies a heart of gold. He takes care in everything he does. He owns his own landscaping business and works in a garden with the elderly residents of an assisted living facility. What is there not to love about him? Too bad his father has a hard time seeing that constantly pushing him to be a doctor, not being proud of who he is as a human being. He brings a calmness and stability to Emery.

Emery is a free spirit. She is spontaneous, and full of light. When she enters a room, she has an aura that changes everyone and everything around her. Foster makes her personality leap from the pages of the book. She brings that light and life to Dean’s life. On the flip side, she is also afraid of commitment. Her parents separated when she was young, and she thinks something inside of her is broken. Thankfully, Dean is there to show her she isn’t broken, and he is the one to make her feel whole again. These two are perfectly suited to one another.

As with the other books I have read by Melissa Foster, there are always other themes running through her books…family and friendship. This one is no different. Bayside Passions is also about forgiveness and second chances. She writes so beautifully, that I find myself right there in the story with her characters and on the wonderful Cape. As always, I’m looking forward to returning!


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“​With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!” -NYT Bestseller Julie Kenner


“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” – NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely​


“You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that’s fresh, emotional and entertaining.  Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won’t want to stop reading. Every book’s a winner!” – New York Times Bestseller Brenda Novak


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Bayside Desires (Bayside Summers #1)

As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.

Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the badass half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.

Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side. 


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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa’s fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big-family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, Wild Boys and Bad Boys After Dark, and the Montgomerys. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented– perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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Whiskey Secrets (Whiskey and Lies #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan Blog Tour with Excerpt, 5 Star Review, & Trailer

About WHISKEY SECRETS (Whiskey and Lies #1)

Sparks fly between a former cop-turned-bartender and his new innkeeper in the first installment of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.

Dare Collins is a man who knows his whiskey and women—or at least that’s what he tells himself. When his family decides to hire on a new innkeeper for the inn above his bar and restaurant, he’s more than reluctant. Especially when he meets the new hire. But he’ll soon find that he has no choice but to work with this city girl and accept her new ideas and the burning attraction between them.

Kenzie Owens left her old life and an abusive relationship behind her—or so she thought. She figures she’ll be safe in Whiskey, Pennsylvania but after one look at her new boss, Dare Collins, she might still be in danger, or at least her heart. And when her past catches up with her despite her attempts to avoid it, it’s more than her heart on the line. This time, it might mean her life.



This time when Dare moved toward her, he didn’t hesitate to run his hand through her hair. “I’m glad you told me. That you trust me.” He leaned forward, resting his forehead on hers. “I know it wasn’t easy, and I want to go and beat the shit out of both of the men in your life, guys that should have protected you, but I won’t. I’m so fucking sorry you went through that, but you have to know that you’re so damn strong for standing here and telling me. For living. You laugh with your friends. You’re making new connections every day that you work here and meet new people in Whiskey. You’re not hiding. You’re thriving. I don’t know how you do it.”

She met his gaze and licked her lips. “One day at a time. It’s the only thing I can tell myself.” He leaned back and traced her jaw with his fingertip, sending shivers down her spine.

“One day at a time,” he repeated.

“Will you kiss me?” she blurted, surprising both of them. “I mean…”

He blinked. “That’s not where I thought this conversation was going.”

“I know, but I don’t want to talk about the past anymore. I don’t want to live in it. I want to worry about the future and the now. So, will you kiss me? Will you help me just be?” She couldn’t believe she was asking that of him and yet she knew it was what she needed. She might not know what was coming next, and this was probably a mistake, but it was her mistake to make.

In answer, he leaned down and took her lips.

Thank. God.

He licked and sucked on her mouth, making her ache, and forcing her to press her legs together to relieve the tension. Because she didn’t want anyone else to barge in on them, they both stopped kissing long enough to for her to lead them both to her small apartment. They were both breathless by the time she got her key in the lock and the door closed behind them but Kenzie didn’t want to let her brain think too hard about what she was about to do. If she did, he might pull away, mistake or no.

“What do you like?” he whispered against her mouth, pulling her closer with his hands on her butt. His rigid erection pressed into her stomach, and he bent down so he could run his teeth lightly over her ear.

“You.” She moaned, leaning her head back. “Just… just don’t hold my arms too tightly. Anything else is what I want. Anything.”

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Whiskey Secrets introduced me to a new author I hadn’t read before, Carrie Ann Ryan. Let me say that she had me with her dedication at the beginning of the book. I will let readers see that for themselves. She stole my heart right then and there, and the storyline and characters kept my heart. I fell in love with Dare and Kenzie.

Dare is an ex-cop who now owns a bar and restaurant that is attached to his family’s inn. He has mixed emotions when his parents announce that they are going to re-do the inn and hire someone to manage it. He’s happy that they will finally have time to enjoy their lives, but he isn’t happy with their choice…Kenzie. He thinks she is a “city girl” who knows nothing about his family’s inn or town. He makes his feelings well known to Kenzie.

Kenzie is beginning a new life, leaving behind pain and an abusive ex-husband. She is struggling but determined to have a happy life, and she won’t let Dare’s obvious displeasure stop her even if he does stir feelings inside her she hasn’t felt in a long time.

Dare and Kenzie have a lot of baggage between them so getting involved would be the worst mistake ever. However, the heart doesn’t always listen to the mind. They both have painful pasts, but somehow when they are together, the darkness seems to disappear. Neither one of them are perfect, so that makes them realistic. The chemistry between them is sizzling, but the romance is also very sweet. With the addition of the secondary characters, it makes it even better.

As I said, I have never read anything by Carrie Ann Ryan, but I’m so excited I found her. Lucky for me, she has so many good ones to choose from until the next book in this series.


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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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Release Blitz: Risking It All

by Joyce d’Mot



Genre: Romance

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The last three years of Kenya Davis’s love life were rife with false starts and heartaches in her pursuit to get back her ex-boyfriend, Dave. The one bright spot she clung to was her job as a health scientist with the CDC. When she received a promotion that placed her in the field, Kenya saw it as the distraction she desperately needed.

Simon Washington lived a charmed life before his world came crashing down around him. One fateful night full of confusion and heartache, he found himself accused of domestic violence and the attempted murder of a police officer. The once-affluent businessman was now on the run from the law, leaving behind his wife, a thriving business, and his social status.

Kenya’s new position took her under the interstate bridge to the homeless, but among the poor and hungry, she discovered Simon. Their worlds collided in an unexpected mash-up of uncertainty and desire.

Kenya wanted to comfort him, despite the warning bells going off in her head. Was he the dangerous criminal the news described him as or the same guy she knew from college? Should she trust the man who fell into her world and crowded everything else out?

Simon felt drawn to the courageous, kind-hearted spirit who refused to protect herself from his drama and accept that her trust in him put her in danger. He had to push her away, but the sweetness of her presence was hard to give up when he needed it so much.

Risking It All follows Kenya and Simon as they walk through a minefield of emotions and close calls to find and maintain their freedom and maybe even love—with or without each other.



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Joyce d’Mot resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and three children. She serves as president of the Women’s National Book Association, Atlanta Chapter. Joyce was born in the United States Virgin Islands and is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University.

Joyce loves languages and to the chagrin of her children, recently fell in love with rap music. Travel, reading and fine dining rounds out her interests. As a hospice administrator whose days tend to be defined by death and dying, writing has become her escape. She loves life, friendship and is a romantic at heart.


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Release Blitz: Chains of Life

by Shandi Boyes



Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance 

with small BDSM Elements

Series: Perception, Book 6


Available for 99 cents!




A scorching contemporary romance read from the author who brought you the Enigma and Perception series. Can a struggling journalist ward off the attention of the dominant businessman she’s been assigned to investigate? Or will the intangible world of dominance and secrecy overwhelm her so much her astute morals will gravelly waiver?


With sexual friction so great it sparks off the pages, watch Cleo Garcia emerge into a world set to either destroy or dominate her. Will she have the strength to bring the story of the century to fruition by suppressing her lust-inspired heart’s desires? Or will she break the strict terms of her employment contract by succumbing to the mystery man’s alluring persona?


With no greater poison to an ethical mind than lust, this is not going to be a fair fight.


From the author who brought you the Perception and Enigma series comes the next tantalizing installment. This is the story you’ve been waiting for. The one I deemed to risque to write. Sit back and enjoy the story about two people in vastly contradicting roles come together in a fire-sparking showdown. Just be warned: it is the shy ones you need to watch the closest.


Author Warning: Due to sexual content, swear words, and adult based scenes, this book is only recommended to those over the age of 18.



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