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Falling Behind
Seven Years of Bad Luck
Forever and Almost Always
Belong to You
Deceiving Lies
What's Left of Me
Threat to Our Forever: The Sensual Edition
Adam, Enough Said
Abby's Survival
Ten Tiny Breaths
The Future of Our Past
Restore Me
The Shoe
Heaven Sent
Unexpected Angel
Every Rose

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Author Spotlight~ Interview ~ Giveaway~ Jessica Spoon

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Hi Jessica,

Thank you for taking part in this interview!

Could you tell us a little about yourself and what inspired you to start writing?

Thank you so much for asking me!
Well…. For starters it really sucks having to talk about yourself, you know? But… I’m 28 I live in a small town in southern Iowa. I grew up with a lot of horses and dogs. I even participated in the Iowa High School Rodeo Association. 
I am single and have two amazing Australian Shepherds (Shay & Cooper) that I adore. I’m wild and like to think that I’m a planner, though I mostly just live day to day. I don’t have any specific interests or hobbies, but I will try almost anything. 
I began writing about 18 months ago when Harper and Breccan’s story started to play out in my head. I’ve always had a pretty active imagination, like that part of childhood never really left me. I never had any intention on being a writer. I just loved to read. But when their story wouldn’t leave me alone I figured, why not just get it out of my head? I had become friends with a couple of independent authors and they read a bit of my work and told me that I was, indeed, a writer. It was like this huge weight had been lifted off of my shoulders and everything kind of clicked into place. I was a writer! 
As for the inspiration for the story…? I think it was the fact that I had been struggling for a few years with really bad depression. Like bad. I didn’t want to go get help, because I felt that I was just being a baby and that I would snap out of it. 3 years later I hadn’t snapped out of it… 
All of these dark thoughts kept running through my head… like I would be better if something traumatic happened to me, because then I would have a reason to hate myself so much. I couldn’t journal about what I was feeling because I couldn’t explain it.
Then Harper came to me like a beacon from above and through her pain, I worked out my own. 
With the story finally concluded, I feel like I am back to my old self and ready for some more light hearted work.

You have an upcoming release on Sept. 26th, My Coyote Ugly Life, Could you tell us a little about it??

Oh my God! I’m so glad you asked!!! 
I have been working hard the last month on writing this book and it’s over halfway done. This story is loosely based on my personality mixed with four of my closest friends. We’re a wild bunch and our main goal is always synonymous: Have Fun.
So, Azaria ‘Ree’ Gable is not a believer in love. She had her heart broken once, and can we all agree it’s not fun at all? Ree is a realist and knows that she needs some emotional connection with people, so she gets it. She likes to refer to herself as a whore/slut sometimes, because she feels that she has been most of her adult life.
She has dated guys in the past but for never more than a month. If it goes longer than a month then plans start getting made and feelings become involved. She’s funny and quirky and I love her personality. She meets Grayson Cole, who hasn’t been a believer in much, but he knows a good woman when he meets one and he has no intention of letting Ree easily slip through his fingers. 
This story has a lot of fun banter between them and some great chemistry. There are a lot of secondary characters and some of them will have their own stories. There will be NO CLIFFHANGERS! I PROMISE!! How about an excerpt…? You’ll get a better idea of what it’s really about and how they interact. 
This is where Ree runs into Grayson after moving back home.

“Urmph,” I grunt out as I run smack into someone, face-planting in their chest because I was more worried about saving the rolls. “Sorr-,” I begin to say and cut myself off as my brain registers the police badge that is pinned to the chest of the individual I face-planted into. 
Sh*t, f**k, f**k, f**kity, sh*t-f**k!
My heart rate kicks up a notch and my skin turns electric as my body starts to freak out; knowing, this is when it’s time to run. 
“Erm… sorry,” I raise my head slowly, dreading looking at the guy, “officer…” my words trail off, not because I’m speechless, but because I can’t breathe. 
Did you hear me?
Why can’t I breathe?
Because I know this guy!
Omigod, omigod, omigod!
“Azaria,” he says my name in a deep rumbly voice that washes over my skin, making me feel like fairies are dancing all over my body in jubilation, such is the epic-ness that is his voice. 
He leans his head down (way down, because he is so much taller than me), I look up and notice a halo form around his face from the sun shining in the window, his caramel colored eyes flash with amusement as his perfect lips form a half smile. I suck in a breath. (Yep. I’m a fan of the half smile. Sign me up, for I would love to have that mouth smiling against some very intimate areas of my body.) 
Oh, my God, he smells so good. My body, completely of its own accord (I swear!) moves closer to him, making it easier to get a better whiff of whatever body wash it is that makes me want to take a chunk out of him with my teeth. My ‘gina begins to quiver; the walls vibrating with fury at not having him the other night.
His head moves to the side of mine where he whispers, “I missed you the other morning.” Holy donkey nuts his voice is sexy. 
Oh. My. God.
This can’t be happening. Nope. Not happening. 
No way.
“O- officer,” I stumble over my words trying to think of something to say, and reminding myself that this, after all, is a cop. 
Not just any cop, of course. 
According to his nameplate he is ‘Chief Cole’. Are you kidding me!? Why couldn’t he just be a gentleman and ignore the whole situation like a normal American!? No, he goes straight for it. Don’t hold back.
Okay, now how do I play this? I obviously can’t use the whole ‘Do I know you?’ routine. My ‘gina quiver made sure of that. I can’t just walk out and ignore him… Can I? Hmm… 
I don’t think, I’m capable of pulling off the whole ‘Show-respect-to-the-officer-because-I’ve-had-too-many-run-ins-with-the-law-and-I’m-a-bad-person’ routine either.
Okay. Well, that only leaves one option.
I step back, straighten my purse on my shoulder, get a better grip on my box of rolls and look him straight in the eye (with a polite, yet detached voice and face) and say, “Chief Cole. Nice to see you again.”
And, ever so elegantly, I step around him and head out the door. 
Whew! Close one. 
“Azaria, wait.” 
Sh*t. He followed me outside! Now what do I do? 
Keep walking. 
Yep. Just… keep… walking.
“Ree,” he says as his fingers wrap around my upper arm, halting my awesome walking away skills.
He turns me around to look at him and I do a quick peripheral scan of the area to see how many onlookers we have to what is about to go down; not many. Yet.
“Did you really just walk away from me… again?” he asks astonished. 
“Did it look like I walked away from you?” I ask, feeling a bit like a society snooty bitch and deciding to go with it.
I notice a few people start to come out onto the sidewalks to see what is going on. Great. Well, they were bound to learn that I moved back sometime. May as well give them the show they expect from me.
“Yeah. It did,” his voice and face are completely series.
“Oh, well. Then I guess I did,” I shrug my shoulders and smile at him, this time sounding more like a dingbat valley girl. 
Someone call the shrink! Chief Cole is giving Ree Dissociative Identity Disorder!

So there you have it! Want more…? It will be out on the 26th of September and I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I am!

Where do you get your ideas for your books??

Okay, I’ve always given rather vague answers to this question, because the truth is, it’s a wee bit embarrassing. But obviously, I’m ready to let the cat out of the bag…
I’m a rather headstrong, independent woman that men have a hard time wanting… in that way. I’ve been told this numerous times by men. It’s okay. I’ve accepted it. So I tend to become better friends with men than getting to that next stage. 
But, hey, I am a girl and I can’t help but think that maybe someone would have the balls to handle a woman like me. 
So, when I lay my little noggin’ down at night, I like to fantasize about the type of man it would be. 
This rarely goes as planned.
There are all of these amazing book boyfriends out there and now my standards are too high.
So my brain usually veers off to a couple. It just suddenly appears. And sometimes, I really like them, so the next night I will think about them again. Then it turns into a sickness and I can’t get them out of my head. 
It’s when their story starts plaguing me during the day that I have an idea for a book.
So there you have it. My warped way of discovering characters!

What is the hardest /easiest part of writing a book?

Hardest: When I know where I want to go with a story, but I hit a bump in the road that prevents me from getting there. This is when I have to argue and yell at the characters and usually involves me screaming “What the f*ck do you want from me!?!?!”
Easiest: Coming up with the idea and developing the characters.

Are you currently working on any projects now?

My Coyote Ugly Life is what I am currently working on. It is book one in the My Life Series. I’m not sure how many books there will be, but they will be released about 4 months apart from each other. 
After this one, it looks like (as of right now) I will be starting Kota and Ryder’s story. 

If you could write with any other author who would it be and why?

Honestly, I don’t know if I could write with someone else. I just don’t know if my brain would be able to function that way. I suppose I would be willing to try with someone who has experience with it and has a strategy that makes sense to me as to how it would need to be done. 

What do you do for fun?

Not much anymore. I’m so busy keeping myself locked away. Lol
But for the most part, I love anything that involves spending time with my friends. I’ve gone golfing with a friend of mine and her husband and his friends, though this basically consists of her and I getting drunk and driving the golf cart in circles and attempting to hit a ball, which I end up screaming obscenities at. Sometimes my friends and I will have a garage party where we just catch up, drink and dance our asses off to music from our Jr High and High School days. 
When I’m alone and not writing I will read or check out Netflix. 

Who is your favorite author?

Hands down, Kristen Ashley. 
I think she has a lot of inspiration over me for this new series. The way her characters are fun and goofy, yet loveable and relatable, really appeals to me.

Favorite Color?

Pink or teal.

Favorite Dessert?

If I have to choose it would be the Black Tie Mousse Cake from Olive Garden. I will go crazy for that every damn time. Even if I can only eat half of it.
I try to stay away from it, because I like it so much. I haven’t had it in over a year. 
That makes me sad now that I think about it… 

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with us, We look forward to reading more from you! :)

Thank you so much for asking me!!!

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Title: Little Things

Author: Madison Street

Release Date: June 2, 2014

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Everything in Duke Grayson’s life was all he could ever ask for: A loving family, loyal friends, a beautiful girlfriend, and a scholarship to his top choice college. It’s his senior year of high school, and all he needs is to focus on his grades, lacrosse, and keeping his girlfriend happy. That is until Raya walks into his life. From the moment they meet, Duke is drawn to her, not only for her natural beauty and her stunning crystal blue eyes, but because he’s aware there’s more to this girl than just his alluring pull to her. He senses secrecy and fear. Throughout the year, their bond grows stronger, and his feelings for her become undeniable. Just when he is about to express his love, tragedy strikes and Raya disappears. For six years, Duke is tortured by his struggles, as he’s unable to find her and blames himself for failing to protect her. Until the day, she’s found, and he’s given a second chance. Will Duke become her beacon of hope and make her see that it’s the little things that make life worthwhile? Can Raya overcome her fears and fight against the terrors that haunt her? Or will her dark and torturous past be too much for her to battle against? *Warning: This book contains some disturbing situations, strong language and sexual content. Suited for 18 years and over.


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With a quick pace, I give Mrs. Robinson my test and race out of the class only to crash into Duke. “Whoa!! Slow down!” He steadies me with his arms. I chuckle, “Sorry, I’m just happy to get away from Jose. I’m happy this is the last class with him.” “Me, too. He’s gotten in the way of a lot of things and I can’t fucking stand him. It’ll be alright, Raya. He won’t bother you anymore.” He caresses my arm for a few seconds and then pulls away, clearing his throat. “So, uhh, what did Taylor want?” I glance away to avoid his eyes, “He asked me out on a date.” “He finally did it, huh? Took him forever.” My head snaps to look at him, “Wait. What do you mean?” He laughs and shakes his head, “After the Halloween party, he asked me if he should ask you out and I told him to go for it. Honestly, I thought he would have asked you out weeks ago. I don’t know what took him so long.” My heart drops and an unbearable sadness falls over me. “Oh, is that right?” “You know he’s crazy about you. You should give him a chance. He’s a really good guy.” I close my eyes and try to force back the tears that are threatening to escape. My heart aches at the loss of Duke’s affection. All I want is him and I know I won’t ever get it. “I’m not so sure. I like him, but not as much as he likes me. I don’t want to rush anything. Besides, I told him that I can’t make any promises. I’ll be very busy with work during the break and won’t have much free time.” “Ehh, he’ll wait. He doesn’t have a lot going on anyway.” He glances at his phone and responds to a text message. “Okay, well I’m going to catch Melanie before she heads off to her next class. I’ll talk to you later, okay?” “Okay. Tell her I’ll see her in English.” “I will.” He waves at me as he heads off to go get his girlfriend. At that moment, I realize that my feelings for Duke are purely one-sided and I need to get a grip on them. A single tear escapes and I quickly wipe it away. I promised myself that I wouldn’t stand in the way of Duke and Melanie. I’m not like that and I refuse to be the reason for a breakup. Their friendship means so much to me and I won’t ruin it. Maybe I should go out with Taylor, but how can I with Craig being home? Hopefully, he has a conference coming up soon and will have to go out of town. I’m going to have to find a way to explain this to Taylor. I hope he’ll understand. I grab my cell phone and send a quick text to him. Me: Meet me at work tomorrow. I head down the hallway, making my way to endure the next final in line. A few minutes later, I hear my phone beep with an incoming text notification. I grab my cell to read the message sent from Taylor. Taylor: So, is that a yes? I laugh to myself. He always gets a head of himself. Me: It’s a maybe. I’d like to take things slow so if you want come visit me at work. J Taylor: Of course! What time is your shift? Me: From 11-7 Taylor: Okay, I’ll see you there. Maybe we can do lunch? Me: Yeah, that sounds good. See ya tomorrow. J Taylor: See ya then sweetie ;) I smile at his text and think about seeing him tomorrow. He really is a nice guy and maybe I should listen to Duke and give him a chance. My hopes and wishes are slowly diminishing and I can use any bit of happiness I can get right now. Maybe Taylor is just what I need.

About the Author

Madison Street

Madison Street was born in New York City and was raised in the Bronx, where she resided until she was 17 years old. After 9/11, Madison joined the United States Navy to serve her country. During the deployments, Madison constantly wrote short stories and she discovered her passion for writing. You will find Madison always on the computer, whether she's on Facebook, designing websites, messing with Photoshop, or writing for her blog. Besides writing, her second passion is music and dance. Even though she's a terrible singer, she’ll still belt it out in the shower, especially if the song is her jam! She currently resides in Virginia with her husband of 8 years, 2 children, a dog, and a cat. She is so excited to start this amazing journey and is honored to be part of such a compassionate and loving community.

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No Wedding CR I am so excited by this cover reveal! We’ll be revealing FOUR covers today for Kat and Stone Bastion’s new series, No Wedding Series. We’re also releasing an excerpt!! So here it is!!!  

Title: No Wedding Series

Author: Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Photographer: Mandy Hollis Photography

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About No Weddings (Release Date Sep 8):

Award-winning author Kat Bastion teams with her husband, Stone Bastion, in this first book in the No Weddings Series about Cade Michaelson, a successful man with his sights set on a new venture in business, and Hannah Martin, the woman who makes it personal. I think I have my act together as a successful bar owner, my master’s degree within reach, and a list of no-strings-attached women warming my bed. Turns out, I don’t. Hannah believes she has safeguarded her wounded heart by shunning men and focusing on her new baking business. The thing is, she hasn’t. When my three sisters and I start a new event-planning business with Hannah as our baker, I have no idea how my life is about to change. As Hannah and I work closely together, the attraction between us becomes irresistible. And complicated. I’ve promised my sisters I wouldn’t mix business with pleasure. But I’ve never been one to follow the rules. Add on Goodreads


About One Funeral (Release Date Sep 29): The stakes climb higher in this second book in the No Weddings Series for Hannah Martin, a woman restrained by her past, and Cade Michaelson, the man who could help set her free. I’m drawn to Cade as he charms his way into more of my life and offers me something I truly haven’t ever had: a friend. Yet his humor, patience, and drop-dead sexiness take my breath away, and I know my heart is at risk. I want to move forward but am terrified I can’t. Cade seems to have it together from his own devastating heartache. His subtle actions, however, suggest a different story. And even though he says he wants more, I wonder if he’s able to trust in our developing relationship. As we navigate through our tangled feelings, we vow to take it slow. Yet no matter how careful we try to be, things between us intensify—and there’s nothing we can do, or want to do, to stop it. But the biggest question remains: Is chemistry enough to move beyond the past and toward a future together? Add on Goodreads


About Two Bar Mitzvahs (Release Date Oct 20): Summer heats up in this third book in the No Weddings Series, where Cade Michaelson strives to balance his and Hannah Martin’s new relationship with the growing demands of his financial success. Waiting for Hannah has been the best and worst kind of torture. Now I can claim her as mine. We believe we’re done with the past and can move forward together. Hannah grows stronger than ever as she trusts in me—trusts in us. And when obstacles appear, she shows a surprising fierceness that rivals my own. However, all is not perfect in paradise. Things get chaotic while I try to juggle multiple businesses, an ex from hell, and a girlfriend I’d do anything to keep. And in the middle of the whirlwind, I recklessly think I can handle everything. But when all the madness is over, will I have everything I want—will I still have Hannah? Add on Goodreads


About Three Christmases (Release Date Nov 17): As the holiday season approaches in this fourth book in the No Weddings Series, Cade Michaelson strives to be better at balancing work and love, and Hannah Martin’s growing ability to trust is put to the test. Lust and friendship brought us together, but with the increasing demands of my two businesses, Hannah’s thriving bakery, and our successful event-planning company, stability becomes my focus. Then a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity takes me to the West Coast, and everything goes into a tailspin. Laughter, love, and excitement fill our lives, but Cade refuses to settle into the wonderful bliss we’ve found—he wants spectacular fireworks and an unshakable foundation. Driven like no one I’ve ever met, Cade insists a dream job across the country will be better for our future together, but I worry about whether we can survive the present apart. When intimate time diminishes…and lives get more hectic… Will a little bit of faith be all that it takes? Or will the sacrifice to get there be too great? Add on Goodreads

  Exclusive Excerpt: Thank you for reading and sharing the first exclusive excerpt of No Weddings, where Cade and Hannah experience a heated moment…   When we reached her door, she slammed into it, and with my hand attached to her death grip, I crashed into her. Breaking free of her hold, I tempered my impact by shooting my arms up onto the doorframe. She stilled, her key halfway into the lock. We were pressed against each other in a compromising position, and it struck us both. I dropped my head down, resting my head against the windowpane, unable to move—only able to breathe. And her delicate scent wafted up. Tropical. Enticing. I closed my eyes, fighting the urge to stay. And losing. She swallowed. I heard it. I felt her turn around and drop the platter to her side as it brushed my hip. I opened my eyes to find hers closed as she pressed her soft body up against me. She inhaled deeply, and her body shuddered. “Cade, I…” She opened her greenish eyes with those little flecks of gold in them. Uncertainty washed across her expression. I exhaled but didn’t move. This was so off-limits. But the fact that I couldn’t have her suddenly made me want her all the more. “Fuck.” I pulled away. Shook my head. Cold air flooded between us, breaking the spell we’d both fallen under when we hadn’t been paying attention. Hannah looked surprised, like she couldn’t believe I’d rejected her like that. “I can’t, Hannah.” She nodded furiously, like she agreed. But I could tell as her expression hardened and she turned to slide the key into the lock with a shaking hand that she struggled with her emotions. I put my hands on her shoulders, stopping her from pushing in through the now-open door. “Hannah, it’s not you. Trust me, it’s not. I’m…” Fighting my attraction had been difficult enough. Knowing she also felt the pull made our working together dangerous. I needed her help to keep our dealings purely professional. Her voice trembled. “You want me? You feel it too? I…” Ah, fuck. Hearing her repeat my thoughts made this excruciating. Figures. The first girl who challenged my mind, in addition to physically attracting me, would be the one I couldn’t pursue. Damned “no doing the help” rule. I exhaled, counting to five. “Yeah, but I…we…can’t. Not only would it be a really bad idea, based on past experience, I promised my sisters. It’s as good as a sworn blood oath.” I ground out the words, shocked I could form coherent sentences with my blood flooding much farther south from my brain cells. I clenched my fists, digging my nails into my palms while I eased back, putting a good couple of feet between us. In desperation, I vowed to maintain said safe minimum distance at all times. Slowly, she turned to face me again. Confident, proud, a woman now in charge of herself, body and mind, Hannah nodded. “I promise too. No matter our attraction, we keep it strictly business.” I blew out a fast breath through tight lips. “Good. With you and me both working on that, it’ll be a lot easier.” A slow smile crept onto her face, a devilish gleam sparking in her eyes. “Oh? You mean if I didn’t play along, things could get difficult for you?” My face fell. She wouldn’t. Would she? She placed a palm on my chest, smiling sweetly. “It’s okay, Cade. I promise not to tease you…too much.”

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Award-winning and bestselling romance author Kat Bastion has teamed up with her husband Stone Bastion to create the new contemporary romance series No Weddings. A few factoids about the writing team… Kat enjoys her chocolate rich and dark, her music edgy and soul-filling, and her vacations exotic with toes dug into the sand. And she’s wildly, madly, deeply in love with Stone. Stone likes pounding the trails on a mountain bike, vibrating the sound system with rock music, and down time spent on a stand up paddleboard. And he loves Kat wildly, madly, deeply…and then some. Together, they’re having a blast bringing fun-filled romantic stories to life and hope you’ll join them in the exciting adventure. Kat’s first published work, Utterly Loved, was a twentieth anniversary gift of love poems to Stone that they decided to share with the world to benefit charity. Net proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of net proceeds from all their books, go toward charities involved in the fight against human trafficking. Kat and Stone live amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

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Book Title - Free Me
Author - A.M. Wray
Publisher - Self Published
Genre - New Adult/Erotic Romance

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Now that she's finishing up a divorce, 23 year old Rin is forced to look at herself and see the person she's become: quiet, shy, weak, dependent... She's allowed someone else to mold her into the person she is today and it's someone she doesn't even like.

This person is not at all who she thought she'd be at this point in her life and she's decided to live for herself... To be her own person and to explore the world around her.

Deciding to live life to the fullest, Rin calls a friend and makes an arrangement with him of a sexual nature, wanting to explore her more basic desires as well as experiment with some new ones, using sex as a way to break herself free of her chains.

When the rules are broken and her world is turned upside down and she is left brokenhearted, an old friend comes back and she becomes confused about her current path. He seems to want to help her, but is that all he wants? What does SHE want?

Rin fights to find her own path to independence and strength, wanting to be the kind of woman that is capable of having a family one day. Rin wants to heal and be the person that she knows that she can be, but if she waits too long, she may lose the one that's always been there for her, pushing her along the way.


4907614_thumb1 A.M. Wray is the pen name for Candy Crum for her New Adult/Erotic Romance novel "Free Me".
Candy Crum is the author of The Eternal Series (The Eternal Gift, The Eternal Echo)as well as the creator of The Dark Compendiums (The Withering Darkness), anthologies focusing on the work of "yet-to-be-known" authors as a way to give back to those who helped her. She lives with her husband and two children in Indiana and spends the majority of her time playing with her kids, writing, reading, or listening to music.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

~COVER REVEAL~A Beautiful Purpose by Alicia Rae


Author: Alicia Rae

Release Date: October 21st. Genre: New Adult Romance Cover Design: Sarah of Okay Creations ABP AmazonGRSW

About A Beautiful Purpose:

Book 6 in The Beautiful Series or Standalone All Blake Johnson knows is the life of a Marine. After serving his country for eight years, he returns to his family for some rest and rehabilitation. Fighting an internal war, he battles sleepless nights as images of his former military days haunt him. From the moment Audrey Hampton walks into his life, he is drawn to her. Her beauty leaves him breathless and weak in the knees. She kindles a spark of hope deep within his soul, igniting a part of himself he feared was missing. Her never-ending compassion for others opens his heart in a way he never dreamed. But Audrey is hiding wounds of her own. Returning to Lake Tahoe to care for her ill mother triggers painful childhood memories of her parents’ loveless marriage, reminding her there is no such thing as true love. Will Blake’s resolve be powerful enough to open Audrey’s sealed heart? Or will Audrey fear the past and risk losing the man who could give her life a newfound purpose? Can two wounded souls become one?

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  Exclusive Excerpt: ~Audrey~ “What about you?” Blake asked gently. “I’m home to see my family.” I shifted on my feet, not wanting to go into too much detail either. I refrained from laughing at observing how we seemed to share that minor detail. “However, I now live in San Francisco.” Blake’s dark eyebrow curled, slightly lifting, and his lower lip twitched in amusement. Gosh, he was just so damn sexy, it was distracting. “You gave up the country life for the city?” he finally teased. I let out a laugh at his expression and nodded. “Yeah.” “How’s that working out for you?” I tilted my head his way, failing to stifle my humor. “If you ignore all the absurdly confusing highways, traffic and noise, then it’s not so bad.” Blake laughed, deep and throatily. The sound sent an undeniable shiver down my spine. I chastised myself for letting a simple conversation with a man affect me so, as he replied, “That’s a lot to ignore.” You have no idea, I thought, referring to not being able to deflect his effects on me. I felt my inner strength wavering. “It is,” I responded in more ways than one, realizing that I needed to get away from here. Being here was too much. He was too much. I swallowed deeply before saying, “Well it was a pleasure to meet you, Blake. But I do have to be going now.” I felt guilty for dismissing myself, so I added, “But maybe I’ll see you around with the other’s another time?” His gaze turned speculative, and he parted his lips to speak. But he didn’t. The look he was giving me felt as though he could see right through me. It was unnerving. Within seconds, his eyes shifted again, appearing to let me off the hook. I released a silent sigh, thankful for his respecting my privacy, and not asking for any explanation. “Since my two brothers are marrying your friends, I would say there is a good chance.” Blake grinned at last, revealing a sexy dimple at the corner of his mouth. My eyes were captivated by the faint movement. Stop thinking about his mouth! He definitely had a good point, which only made me even more nervous. “I’ll see you later,” I waved with a pleasant smile and excused myself before my nerves melted into a puddle at his feet. I quickly found Abbey, Gail and Lily, and then each of their significant others to congratulate them and say my goodbyes before racing to my car. All the while feeling like I could not breathe, as though I was being suffocated by thoughts of how breathtakingly handsome Blake was. After stopping at the store for my mother’s saltine crackers, I sped home, yearning to step through the front doors, so I could be reminded of all the reasons to stay clear away from that man. All it took was sixty seconds of seeing how my father treated my mother, and it was a reality slap that love does not exist. I would not allow myself to be so effected by a man, and weakened by the idea of having one of my own. I shook my head. Being around Gail, Abbey, and Lily with their men today had just played tricks on my mind. Sure, each of my friends had found great, loving men. But it was a risk I would never take a chance on. And I would never cave to temptation. It could only lead to a broken heart.   Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00071] About the Author: Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.   Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing in my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo   Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.   Believe in yourself and follow your dreams...  

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