Friday, June 23, 2017

Blog Tour & Excerpt : Tycoon by Katy Evans @authorkatyevans @jennw23


Tycoon
by Katy Evans

Release Date:
June 20th, 2017

Genre:
Contemporary
Romance

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Synopsis:

He wasn’t always this rich. This hot. This difficult. 
Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me. 

That man is gone. 

In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city. He’s a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman. 
The only one who can save me and my startup from ruin. 
It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help. 
I didn’t expect him to offer it easily. 

And he doesn’t. 

Instead, he vets me harder than he’s vetted anyone. 
Don’t invest in what you don’t know, he says. 
He's assessing every piece of me, to the point I've never felt so bare. 
I yearn for the boy I once knew, whose touch once craved me. Putting it all on the line will be worth it, I tell myself. 
Until I realize—too late—that some risks are not worth taking. 


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Excerpt:


I hop off the train and walk several walks to his building. It’s a brownstone in Park Avenue, one of the most elite of the elite spaces in town. My lungs feel a little bit overworked from awe as I head up the steps to the double doors, grateful that I came dressed to kill in a little black dress, a jacket, and pumps. Simple, but effective. See, I may be feeling a little awkward, but at least I don’t look it. I’m greeted by his maid. She’s dressed in black and white, her hair drawn back in a neat bun, her expression stoic and formal as she leads me down the hall to a gorgeous study. I catch my breath when I notice all the books and shelves. It’s like a reader’s paradise in here. There’s a sleek chrome bar, a modern mahogany glass-topped desk, and two huge whiskey-colored leather chairs that almost swallow me up when I’m instructed to wait in one. I drum my fingers, inhaling the scent of leather and wine, remembering a guy I knew with his mechanic navy-blue uniform, black streaks on his jaw, his big nose always the first thing you’d see, which was a pity because he had beautiful eyes and a really sinful pair of lips. He’s living in luxury now. Wow. Good for him. I hear footsteps approaching and the little hair on my arms prick at attention. My head turns as a tall, dark figure steps into the room, and the most intimidating guy I’ve ever seen enters and crosses the room toward the desk. He walks like he’s the shit…his strides proud and composed, elegant and powerful. Christos, I hear myself breathe in surprise. He’s so tall now…six three, at least. Dirty-blonde hair, gold-green eyes, chiseled jaw, and a gorgeous profile. All in black, he looks very much a New Yorker. He’s wearing a black jacket, black pants, and a black turtleneck beneath the jacket... I stare at him, my jaw hanging a little bit open. The man is….all man. Testosterone. Muscles. Height. Width. My chest hurts all of a sudden because I realize… The boy you knew is gone. I force myself to stand. “Thank you for seeing me.” He heads to the bar to pour two drinks, then he prowls over, takes the whiskey leather chair across from mine and leans forward, pushing a glass of cognac with one finger across a small table, toward me. And he waits. In silence. But my stomach dips as if he’d said something ultra-sexy and decadent. “You might not remember me, I’m sorry to be reaching out like this,” I say, nervous. “What do you want?” There’s a pleasant shiver as he speaks. Recognition of his voice, even though it’s far deeper than I remember. “I was told you sometimes invest in startups.” “I’d say more than sometimes.” He raises his eyebrows as if I should’ve done my homework better. Ugh, Bryn! Focus! Be SMART! Make yourself and your business irresistible! A silence settles as he eyes me, slowly setting his drink down as he leans forward and finally, unexpectedly, smiles. At me. It’s just a smile. But the world tilts under its impact. “Hello, little bit.” Amusement touches his gaze as he tilts his head and watches me. “You know, I’d think you’d have grown up the ten-plus years since I last saw you. At least an inch.” He leans back in his seat, seemingly displeased. Wow, this guy is not the lanky kid I knew once. This guy oozes danger. Every ounce of “boy” is gone. Oh God. For a moment I wish that we could go back in time and I could discuss my startup with the guy I knew before. But time travel is not really my talent, and it seems like I have yet to see if I even have any special talents at all—depending on what this guy thinks. “I grew two in width,” I shock myself saying. He laughs then, his eyes drinking me in openly. “Shame on you, you’re not trying to see if it’s true?” I ask him, frowning now. He shrugs casually, his lips curved at the corners. “I can’t help it. Something has to have changed.” “Why?” “Because nothing good ever lasts. Even you, little bit.” A smile touches those unforgettable gold-green eyes. A shiver runs through me. Because… Christos recognized me. “I can tell you’re as incorrigible as ever.” I shake my head, but I’m smiling, truly just relieved that he recognized me. “I try to be,” he purrs dangerously. I’m feeling warm all of a sudden. I can’t believe I’m staring at him so much, but it’s like I cannot take my eyes away. He looks achingly familiar, but at the same time, so different I cannot help but stare and track the differences in his features. The way his jaw squared out even more, the way his body filled out with hard, lean muscles that shift and ripple beneath his expensive designer clothes. I cannot believe that this is a guy I knew once. He seems to silently be taking in my changes too, his keen stare allowing me to see that he seems to approve of it all. Even the dress I’m wearing. “You changed enough for the both of us,” I blurt. “Really. How so?” he asks. “You grew into your nose.” “Really?” He chuckles as if despite himself. “Width and height too. Quite a bit,” I add. “Anything else,” he prods, one eyebrow rising. “You learned how to dress.” He looks down at his black suit. “This old thing?” He grins, then shifts forward, sobering up. “What can I do for you, Bryn? Considering I’m rather surprised to see you here, I’m eager for you to satiate my curiosity.” His stare becomes keen. “So am I. I didn’t expect to be here,” I admit, and for a moment when I look into his eyes, all I see is someone I’ve seen before. Someone who belonged in my life long ago. “You know when you had that misplaced crush on me and told me one day I’d know what it felt like to throw pebbles at someone’s window wanting them to open? I’m sort of throwing rocks here.” “Not to sing me a love song,” he says flatly, his eyes shuttering. “No. Well, you know that was never....I mean...” Don’t bring up your rejection of him, Bryn! “It’s for something better. Business.” “Go on.” “I knew that’d get you.” I smile privately. “So it’s true your love is money now.” “She gives back what I put in. Though her ass isn’t as juicy as I like,” he says nonchalantly. “Wow. No matter how polished you look, your mouth is still as crude as ever.” “Thank you,” he purrs, his eyes grinning at me. I laugh. Then I sober up and realize he’s waiting for me to speak. “I’m looking for money for my startup,” I say. “How much.” “One hundred thousand.” “I don’t invest less than a million.” He twirls his whiskey in his glass, eyeing the liquid. “Well then, I’ll ask for a million.” He raises his brows, setting his glass down. “It’s not how much you want to ask for, it’s how much the company’s worth.” Eyebrows up, he skewers me with a cold, intimidating look. “It’ll be worth more than a million, trust me,” I bluff. “Good for you. Except…” he leans back with a rustle of clothes, every athletic inch of his black-clad body flowing sinuously like a feline with the move, “considering that has yet to happen and I’ll need to trust you on that, my trust needs to be earned.” This version of Christos is even more intimidating than the old one, unfortunately. I try to hide it, keeping my voice as level as possible. “How does one earn your trust?” “I’d tell you if I were interested, but I’m not exactly sure that I am.” He eyes me as if debating in silence. This guy is the only guy in the world that unnerves me in this way, and I can’t seem to slow the fast pounding of my heart in my chest as I try to remember what I came here to say. “I have a full presentation for you. I’m not taking no for an answer.” I reach into my briefcase. “Darling. Are you ready?” I start at the female voice and glance at a gorgeous woman striding into the study. Christos continues looking at me as he stands and reaches for the cell phone the woman extends out. “We’re done here,” he answers her as he pockets the phone, his gaze remaining on me. “I’ll wait for you in the car.” She leans up and kisses his jaw, her hands proprietary on his chest, then sends me a woman-to-woman claiming look, before she swishes away, all glittering jewels and lean body. There’s a silence as he approaches, and for a second all I can hear is the sound of a toilet flushing, taking my only opportunity with a possible investor away. “I’ll think about it,” he says. “Christos.” “I said I’ll think about it,” he says from the door. “Please do,” I say as he exits the room. I cup the sides of my mouth, “I’ll be back tomorrow. Same time?” I say jokingly. I’m surprised when I hear footsteps returning. He pauses when our eyes meet. “I’ll make contact,” he says, raising his eyebrows meaningfully, “If I’m interested in hearing more.” He nods. “Nice to see you, Bryn.” “Nice to see you. Christos.” Well, that went sort of awful.

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About the Author:

Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world. 





Cover Reveal & Excerpt : The Bars Between Us by A.S. Teague @authorasteague @inkslingerpr


The Bars Between Us
by A.S. Teague

Release Date:
July 20th, 2017

Genre:
Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis:

I don’t have a damn thing in common with the beautiful rich girl who walks in to my bar. She’s southern class, fancy cars, and designer shoes. 

I’ve got a drunk for a mother, a cheater for a father, and a reputation for trouble I’ve more than earned. 

I look the other way, pretending I don’t notice how perfect she is. She wouldn’t give me the time of day anyway. Until she shatters that first impression and shows me she’s so much more––everything I never thought I deserved. 

After a lifetime of being a disappointment, I want to prove to her that I’m better than my past. 

We have one tragic thing in common, and the thread that binds us together will tear us apart as it unravels. 

Are we strong enough to break through the Bars Between Us?


Exclusive Excerpt:

Parked beside my car is a truck that’s got to be twice as old as I am and looks like it should have been buried long ago. 

Bronn hooks a thumb in the rust bucket’s direction and tells me, “Bessie’s seen better days, but I just can’t bring myself to put her out to pasture.” 

I pull my door open and toss my purse inside, before turning to face him. “Bessie, huh?” 

He props a hip on her front fender. “Belonged to my dad. When he died, Dani’s mom kept her. Gave her to me.” 

His face is relaxed, but the pain of his loss is still in his eyes, and I’ve come to notice that it’s a look that’s always there. Even when he’s laughing, it doesn’t erase the perpetual sadness that he carries with him. It’s a sadness that I carry with me as well. 

“When I was a kid, my dad took me to the beach once.” 

Bronn’s brows knit and I hurry to continue my story. “It was cold that morning, early spring, the breeze causing goosebumps to take up permanent residence on my arms. I remember Daddy taking his sweat shirt off and putting it on me. The thing swamped me.” I pause and laugh, remembering how the arms of the hoodie had drug the ground and how daddy had belly laughed at the sight before rolling them up. “Anyway, we searched for shark’s teeth that morning. It was too cold to swim, too cold to play in the sand. But I’d had a fascination with the predators of the sea, a newfound one, and Daddy had been determined that we were going to find a great white’s full jaw, I think.” I’d been staring up at the sky, but I glanced at Bronn to see his face rapt with attention, his expression intense. “We looked and looked until my eyes went cross. But, we didn’t have any luck.” 

I can’t tear my gaze away from Bronn’s, even though the way he’s studying me is a little unnerving. 

“We found all kinds of amazing shells, rocks that were smooth from being tumbled by the waves, crab shells that must have been eaten by gulls. But nothing that came from Jaw’s mouth.” I shrug, and smile. Bronn smiles back. His face finally relaxes, but his eyes are still full of emotion. 

“I remember Daddy was so disappointed. But I wasn’t. I’d spent the morning with my favorite person in the world. I may have been freezing the whole time, my face chapped from with wind and sand whipping in it, my hair a tangled mess that took mama an hour to brush, but it was the best day.” 

The half-smile that I’d been sporting while lost in the memory fades. “That was my last happy memory with him. He died not long after that.” I swallow hard, determined not to cry. 

The memory is bittersweet, but it’s still sweet. That’s the thing about memories. The same exact memory can be happy or sad, depending on how you choose to remember it. And I choose to remember the sheer joy I’d felt that day, not the crushing sadness that it was the last time I’d felt that way. 

I clear the emotion from my throat. “Anyway, I don’t know why I shared that. Just, maybe, to tell you, that I understand holding on to something because it has sentimental value.” I nod at his truck, “Bessie may not be worth any money, but she’s worth her weight in gold if she makes you happy.” 

My lips quiver as I offer a smile. Bronn may think that we come from different worlds, and maybe we do. Nana would have killed me dead if I had ever come home from a date in a truck like his. But there’s sadness and loss everywhere, no matter how much money you have. And that common thread binds us together, whether Bronn realizes it or not.



About the Author:

A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cover Reveal : Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland


Dear Bridget, I Want You
by Penelope Ward
& Vi Keeland

Release Date:
September 18th, 2017

Genres:
Contemporary
Romance

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Synopsis:

Dear Bridget, 

I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face. 

So, here goes. 

We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England. 

But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways. 

I want you. 

The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke. 

So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime. 

No questions asked. 

Think about it. 

Or don’t. 

Whatever you choose. 

It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway. 

 --Simon


Model: 
 Philip Van den Hoogenband – Chadwick Models Melbourne 
Photographer: Brian Jamie 
Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs





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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island. 

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in fourteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Release Blitz : Tycoon by Katy Evans @authorkatyevans


Tycoon
by Katy Evans

Release Date:
June 20th, 2017

Genre:
Contemporary
Romance

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Synopsis:

He wasn’t always this rich. This hot. This difficult. 
Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me. 

That man is gone. 

In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city. He’s a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman. 
The only one who can save me and my startup from ruin. 
It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help. 
I didn’t expect him to offer it easily. 

And he doesn’t. 

Instead, he vets me harder than he’s vetted anyone. 
Don’t invest in what you don’t know, he says. 
He's assessing every piece of me, to the point I've never felt so bare. 
I yearn for the boy I once knew, whose touch once craved me. Putting it all on the line will be worth it, I tell myself. 
Until I realize—too late—that some risks are not worth taking.


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About the Author:

Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.





Monday, June 19, 2017

Cover Reveal : Cocky Client (Steamy Coffee Collection, #3) by Whitney G.


Cocky Client
Steamy Coffee Collection, #3
by Whitney G.

Release Date:
July 13th, 2017

Genres:
Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis:

Today is officially the worst day of my life… 

I woke up five hours late after a reckless one-night stand with the sexiest, cockiest, and most arrogant man I’ve ever met. (And this asshole actually left a note: “I think you were lying to me about being “experienced” last night. You orgasmed three times, and that was before we made it to your bedroom. I also find it hard to believe you “usually wear silk or lingerie.” Your drawers are all full of cotton granny panties–The best man you’ve ever fucked…) 

My top two PR clients left me for my number one competitor, my roommate accidentally bleached my best suit, and my favorite coffee shop was shut down for “health concerns.” 

Still, none of those things dimmed my excitement for what was supposed to be the best four o’clock signing session of my career. I was on the verge of signing the highest paying client in my company’s history, taking on a so-called “impossible” job that no publicist had been able to handle. 

But at four o’clock, there was no athlete, television personality, or celebrity who showed up. Instead, that sexy, arrogant one-night stand stepped into my office with his familiar panty-wetting smirk and introduced himself as my new, cocky client…



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About the Author:


Whitney G. is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels and the cofounder of The Indie Tea, an inspirational blog for indie romance authors. A certified travel and Starbucks addict, her stories feature strong heroines, alpha males, and lots of witty banter. 

When she's not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygracia.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she's not in either of those places, she's probably locked away working on another crazy story.)





Thursday, June 15, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway : Notice by K. Webster @KristiWebster @indiesagepr


Notice
by K. Webster

Release Date:
June 6th, 2017

Genres:
Dark Romance

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Synopsis:

I didn’t notice her before…but now I do. 

The shiny strands of gold in her silky brown hair. 
Tiny crinkles between her eyebrows when she frowns. 
Her passion for neatness. 

Once I focus on her, I can’t take my eyes from my newest obsession. Ever. 
I need to know everything about her. 
Her past. Her present. 
The way she takes her coffee. 
Exactly how she smells after a spritz of perfume in the mornings. 

She’s perfect in every way and I was blind. 
But, God, now do I see. 

I notice the organized way she arranges her clothes in her closet. 
How she visits the same market each Saturday. 
The sounds of her breathing as I lie beneath her bed in silence.  

Violet is mine. 
She just doesn’t know it yet.


***Warning*** Notice is a dark and unusual romance. Extreme sexual themes and violence in certain scenes, which could trigger emotional distress, are found in this story. If you are sensitive to dark themes, then this story is not for you. If you aren't into super obsessive stalkers, then this story is not for you.




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Review:


My friends have NOTICED that I crave dark romance lately. They always try to find me new authors to follow and book recommendations that will give me chills. If there is one author that is on my dark romance auto-read list, it’s K. Webster. Her dark romance novels have captivated me from the moment I discovered her War & Peace Series. With this author, you never know what kind of twisted roller coaster ride of emotions your embarking on until the story and characters hold every bit of your attention. These characters never let you go! I always end up with a book hangover that lingers for days!!! NOTICE is K. Webster’s new dark romance release and it is WICKEDLY ADDICTIVE!! 

In NOTICE we follow Violet Simmons and Grayson Maxwell’s complicated and wickedly hot relationship. Violet has been working for Grayson Maxwell for six years. Her boss is a jerk. He never gives her or any other employee a word of encouragement or a simple THANK YOU. She works her butt off to make his company look good and she knows how to talk to his clients. Violet wants to quit her position and find a company that will NOTICE all the valuable work she does. When she walks into Gray’s office to give her resignation, the last thing she expected was for Gray to NOTICE her. Sometimes what you wish for is dangerous... 

Violet wanted to be NOTICED. She has all of Gray’s undivided attention now. As days go by, Violet’s opinion about Gray starts to change. How will she react when she finds out that he’s been keeping a close eye on her? Especially when she’s sleeping and he sneaks into her home to hide under her bed. Gray is obsessed with Violet and he will not stop following her every move until she belongs to him. 

NOTICE is one of the most fascinating books that I have ever read! I’m a big fan of K. Webster’s villains. They have a je-ne-sais-quoi that always gets me cheering for them. Gray was a different kind of villain. He was not what I expected at all. I have to admit that he actually made me swoon a couple of times with how protective he was of Violet. He’s fiercely possessive and irrevocably in love with Violet. This couple is extremely hot together and their chemistry was blazing hot! Oh.my.world. What happens under that bed? *Fans face* K. Webster always knows how to create fireworks between her characters. The dirty talk and sexual tension between Violet and Gray was crazy hot! 

This was an amazing reading escape! K. Webster always delivers a story that keeps me on the edge of my seat! Her characters are always unique and her storylines are like a breath of fresh air. Violet’s story was a difficult one to read. Her past is filled with dark memories. I loved how Gray protected her and how she changed from the woman she was all those years ago. If you are looking for a dark romance that has the heroine falling for her stalker, this is it! 

Rating:


I give, Notice, by K. Webster, 4.5 steamy, all-consuming, twisted stars!



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About the Author:


K Webster is the author of dozens of romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers. 

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.