Monday, 27 September 2021

Screenwriting for Storytellers #Blitz

 

 

How to Take Your Story From Idea to Script

Non-Fiction, Writing, Self-Help

Published: September 2021

Publisher: MoonLeaf Publishing



Are you a writer who wants to learn screenwriting?

Author and Screenwriter S.D. Moore developed a simple process to show storytellers how to turn a story into a script. The book delivers lessons in basic screenplay structure plus, bonus features like quizzes, writer's block removal and brain boosting exercises, writing drills, pitch deck training and more. You'll also get S.D. Moore's cash award winning autobiographic dramatic script, Stronger When She's Broken. Screenwriting for Storytellers is a must have tool for writers of all types. Isn't it time you told Hollywood your story?



About the Author


As you can see from the cover, Author and Screenwriter S.D. Moore has won numerous screenwriting awards, plus book writing awards. The highlights include the Boobs and Blood Best of the Fest award and several Best Feature Script awards. Moore also won a couple of first prize book awards. Moore is also a Film Festival Judge. S.D. Moore is a former military and college instructor who holds dual Masters in Management and Human Resources Development and is a dissertation away from a Doctorate of Education.


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New Billionaire Boss by Tina Gabor #Blitz

 

The New Billionaire Boss
Tina Gabor
Publication date: September 28th 2021
Genres: Comedy, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

My life was finally on track.
Until my bosss brother transferred to our office.

From the minute I met the broody, handsome, and infuriating Aiden Bronson, he was destroying all of my carefully made plans.

First, he hijacked my Uber. Then, he caused an accident that left me out of work for months.

Except, the disastrous day we spent together turned into the most fun day of my life.

And now, I cant stop thinking about him. And that kiss…

I doubt he feels the same about me, and even if he did, any future together is hopeless.

Hes not allowed to date employees.
And without any family to fall back on, I cant risk my livelihood.

But when he becomes my new boss, and we get trapped together in a beach house, I dont know if I can resist risking it all.

THE NEW BILLIONAIRE BOSS is book one of the Bronson Billionaire Romance Series, but can be read as a complete standalone! Guaranteed to have you swooning and breathless. It includes a fierce and funny heroine and a charming, playboy hero.

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Aiden

I stared at the woman standing outside of the Uber. She looked pissed. But I needed to get to our West Coast corporate retreat.

She opened my door, which took me by surprise. Did she have some type of mental imbalance, or was she on drugs?

She opened her mouth to speak, but her phone beeped. She looked down at her phone and then turned to the driver. You canceled my ride!”

The driver shrugged. He offered me $100.”

She stomped her foot on the ground and threw up her hands. Youd already started the meter!”

Damn. I thought she was just keeping the man waiting. I didnt know she was paying him to wait. That meant I was the asshole here.

I sighed. Time to turn on the charm.

I stared directly into her green eyes. Please forgive me.” I saw her lips part just a little. Yup, she wanted me.

I shot her a flirty smile, reached into my wallet, and pulled out a $100 bill. Take this, for what was already on the meter, and get yourself breakfast on me.”

She didnt reach for the money. I dont need your money. I need this car. So get the hell out.”

Seriously? Judging from her big box store athletic wear, which I had to admit hugged her figure well, I couldnt believe she didnt need, or at least want, the money.

Listen, lady, Ill come back for you,” the Uber driver said.

Her head snapped to face the driver. Ill deal with you in a minute.”

I wanted to be contrite, even though I really didnt have the patience for this. Get in the car, and Ill pay him to take you wherever you want to go after Im done.”

She folded her arms across her chest. How about you go wherever youre going after Im done?”

I dont have time for this.” Yes, I was in the wrong, but the driver wanted my business more than hers. Just as I was about to lean forward to tell the driver to leave, she swung the door open wide.

I stared at her. What do you think youre doing?”

She tried to push her way into the backseat. I dont have time for this either!”

I refused to budge.

She attempted to push me across the seat with her little body, and when she didnt succeed, she opted to climb over me.

Her butt grazed my lap as she took the place next to me in the backseat.

The move was insane, but it turned me on. I am a dude, after all.

Her long, light brown ponytail swayed back and forth as she panted from the effort of forcing her way into the backseat with me. If I wasnt in such a hurry, Id think she was kind of cute. Not my regular type and possibly insane, but definitely cute.

Take me to the Malibu Retreat Center,” she instructed the driver.

The one just up the hill?” the driver asked her.

She refused to even look in my direction. Yes, itll only take five minutes. Then you can take him to his Assholes Anonymous meeting or wherever hes going.”

I couldnt help but smile. She worked for my fathers company. Wouldnt little Miss Angry Pants be so surprised!

Author Bio:

Are you like me?

Do you enjoy funny, contemporary romances with spicy love scenes?

Because if you do ...

You've landed in the perfect place.

I'm Tina Gabor, and its so much fun getting to write the books I love reading. Gorgeous men and fierce, feisty, and funny women are my jam.

And since theres nothing like a love story with a dash of sun and fun ...

I set most of my in Southern California and Florida. I grew up in South Florida, and now I live in Southern California with my fiancee and a stray cat we named Fred.

To get special deals on new releases and updates on what your favorite book couples are doing after the story ends, go to SparksFlyRomance.com/Tina

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Trent’s Redemption #Blitz

 

 


Mill Creek Mystique, Book One

Romantic Suspense

Release Date: September 10, 2021

Publisher: Champagne Book Group



Can they face their demons and find love?

Trent Jacobs had everything he wanted in life until the flash of a muzzle ripped his world apart. Now he only has guilt. Permanently removed from fieldwork due to questionable events, Trent retires from the FBI. He retreats to the small town of Mill Creek, Idaho, to become the town sheriff.

Margaret King knows what it’s like to be alone and isolated. Losing her parents as a child was impossible, but the death of her brother damn near killed her. When a strange van appears on her street and her apartment is broken into, she turns to Trent, the only man she knows she can trust.

After Maggie shows up terrified and haunted, Trent’s guilt explodes. She makes him want things he doesn’t deserve, including her. As their past collides with the present, Trent is forced to face his demons to protect her. Or risk losing her.


About the Author


Bailey Thomas lives in the beautiful but hot southwest with her husband and their adorable four-legged children. An only child, Bailey's active imagination and adventurous nature always kept her busy. Now, she channels those creative powers into storytelling.

Her wonderful husband encouraged her to chase her dream of becoming an author and continues to be her greatest champion. Being able to write these stories has been a thrilling experience that is truly special to her.

When she's not behind a computer working on her next deadline, she's reading her favorite authors, playing with her fur-babies, and spending time with her husband. They love to watch movies, sports and play all types of games.


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The Senior and the Surfer is now available for pre-order.

 

 


The Senior and the Surfer is now available for pre-order.
Releasing 1 Novermber 2021.
Blurb:
A senseless attack brings clarity to Rare Breed’s Wes’ life…
Wes Archer is gay.
His friends and sister accept him without judgment and love him for having the strength to live his true life. The band and his friends have become an escape from the misery of living with a homophobic father, and he hates to think how things would be without them in his life.
When he meets Wyatt, a surfer, down at the beach, their relationship becomes another welcome distraction from life at home, and he finally sees a future away from his parents.
But just as Wes starts to grow in confidence, an unprovoked attack threatens to derail his courage and determination.
Can the band, his sister, and Wyatt show him that he can move beyond his past, and toward a happy and bright new future, where Rare Breed reach for the stars?
The third book in M. B. Feeney’s New Adult Rockstar Romance Series.

 

Sunday, 26 September 2021

A History of Vampires: A New Queen by Amanda Lewis

 

A New Queen
Amanda Lewis
(A History of Vampires, #1)
Publication date: October 31st 2021
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

When a mysterious outsider shows her the impossible, can she unveil old secrets… and step into destiny?

Angelina Arbonne is obsessed with history. Driven by a passion for travel, the thirty-five-year-old archaeologist has no time for love. But she cant resist knowing more when shes stalked by a hopelessly gorgeous stranger who claims hes a vampire king.

With her handsome suitor leading her through the hidden society of the long-lived, Angelinas heart begins to beat to an intriguing new tune. But with an ancient magical war brewing, dating a two-thousand-year-old is giving her second thoughts about becoming an immortal queen…

Can they bridge their improbable age gap and enjoy an eternal happily ever after?

A New Queen is the compelling first book in the A History of Vampires paranormal romance series. If you like intelligent characters, original storylines, and historical themes, then youll adore Amanda Lewisenthralling tale.

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**The Weight of Birds - 2020 Silver Medal Winner - Contemporary Christian Romance, Reader's Favorite Awards**

Amanda lives in Alabama, with her husband and cat. She enjoys IKEA cinnamon rolls and trying new recipes of macaroni and cheese.

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Friends to the End by C.L. Colyer #Blitz

 

Friends to the End
C.L. Colyer
Publication date: September 27th 2021
Genres: Action, Adventure, Middle-Grade, Supernatural

Zach doesnt believe in ghosts…but he should.

Twelve-year-old Zach is convinced hell never be happy without his best friend Jeremy by his side. But both of their lives changed with a bang five months ago, and as far as Zachs concerned, its his fault Jeremy will never see his twelfth birthday.

When Zach moves with his family to a Chicago suburb, he quickly becomes friends with a group of thrill-seeking kids trying to find a disappearing haunted house. But Zachs not worried. He doesnt believe in ghosts, so he follows them into a wild, dangerous encounter that becomes a battle to decide whats real and whats not.

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EXCERPT:

We were going to look for the ghost house.” Dom adjusted the faded NY Yankees baseball cap he wore. But Morgan has to be home by five.”

Well never make it there and back in time, and we never leave a man behind,” Josh added, dropping a backpack on the grass next to him. It landed with a clunk.

Ghost house?” I repeated, picturing a boarded-up, decrepit building built during the Civil War or something.

Havent you heard the stories?” Josh asked, eyes wide in amazement.

I shook my head.

Dom walked over to our open garage, grabbed my skateboard out of one of the boxes, and said, Its known as the disappearing house.”

My bewildered gaze slithered from Dom to Josh, finally coming to a stop on Morgan as I tried to decide if they were crazy.

If the house is invisible, how do you expect to find it?” I asked.

Morgan sat on the stoop next to me. Its not always invisible. My brothers saw it once. They said its a big house with a long porch. It vanished before they could set foot on the first step, and Im glad, too.”

Why? What would have happened if they were on the steps?” I asked. Not because I believed an old ghost story had any truth to it, but I was curious to know what shed say.

Morgan had to pick her jaw up from the walkway before she could answer, and when she did her voice came out in a high-pitched squeak. If they had been on the porch or worse—” she swallowed loudly “—inside, they would have disappeared with it.”

Thats a myth,” Dom said as he rode the skateboard down the driveway.

It is not!” Morgan shot back.

Come on, how is a solid person going to disappear?” Dom asked from the sidewalk.

The same way the house does! Duh!” Morgan shook her head as if Dom was the loony one.

Isnt the whole thing…um…you know…a myth?” I asked. There were no such things as ghosts, and buildings didnt just go poof and disappear into thin air. I mean, you dont really believe in—”

The house is real, dude,” Josh said.

And were going inside of it.” Dom did an Ollie, lifting all wheels of the skateboard off the ground.

No, were not!” Morgan shook her head as if that reinforced what shed said. A dark auburn curl snuck out from under her baseball cap. We are,” Josh confirmed. I was with Dom and Josh. Not the part about believing in disappearing houses, but if one happened to exist and I managed to find it, Id want to see inside of it, too.


Author Bio:

Professional network technician by day, novelist by night, Cherie lives a quiet life in the Chicago suburbs with her charming husband. She has four amazing sons who she loves dearly. Cherie magically weaves together stories with a paranormal twist. Shes the author of the Embrace series (Embrace, Hold Tight, and Entwined), Challenging Destiny, Damned When I Didnt, and Friends to the End. She waltzes into the adult novel world with this enchanting holiday romance, Merry Little Wishing Spritz.

She happily visits schools, libraries, and book clubs, and is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators).

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Let Me Fly by A.C. Pontone #Blitz

 

Let Me Fly
A.C. Pontone
(Wild Wings, #1)
Publication date: September 9th 2021
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Reverse Harem, Romance

My name is Isabelle Dark, and my life sucks. In exactly ten days, four hours, fifty-seven minutes, and fifteen seconds, I will cease to exist.
Okay, maybe thats a bit dramatic, but what would you say if you were being forced to marry a man you despise?
Exactly. I have to find a way to escape.
Up to now Ive spent my life in hiding. There arent any other options for those like me: Im a Nephilim, a half-breed. The only choice I have is whether to be killed by the Shadows or to remain here, hidden among the Hollows.
So I made my decision: I would rather risk my life fighting to be free than continue to struggle to survive in the home I grew up in.
My plan was to go to college and live a normal life, but somehow I ended up in a school for Shadows where everyone hates me. Plus, Ive been assigned seven angels as my bodyguards. Jailers would be a more appropriate word.
The tension growing between us is impossible to deny. Sparks are starting to fly. Theyre beginning to get under my skin and . . .
What do I do now?
My name is Isabelle Dark. Im a Nephilim and Im screwed.

Warning: This book is a full-length reverse-harem romance. It contains adult themes, MM scenes, foul language and some violence. If, however, youre in the market for a novel full of sexy angels and a hot-blooded main character, youve found your next read.
Let Me Fly is the first book in the Wild Wings series and cannot be read as a standalone.
Intended for 18+ readers.

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EXCERPT:

My name is Isabelle Dark and my life sucks. In exactly ten days, four hours, fifty-seven minutes, and fifteen seconds, I will cease to exist.

Why do I say this? Well, all you need to know is that Ive been forced to live in the shadows. I have to struggle to survive in my own home. Theres no other choice for someone like me. Im a half-breed, which means that my only alternatives are to be killed by the Shadows or stay hidden here, among the Hollows. As I said, it sucks!

I shake my head as a hysterical laugh forces its way out of my throat. I can tell the woman behind me is frowning, her mouth tightly closed, her lips pressed together. Stay still,” she orders me. Hold your breath and suck your belly in!”

My jaw goes rigid, but I remain silent.

Dont make that face!” she mutters. You need to eat less. Youre not thin enough!”

Fuck you, I think, as my hands ball into fists and I try to keep myself from punching her in the face. I hate her. I hate everything about her. I hate her pointy nose, her high cheekbones, her oval face, her gray eyes that have no spark of light in them, her brown hair thats always pulled back in a perfect chignon. I hate her long skirt and dumb white shirt buttoned up so tightly under er chin. I dont understand how she doesnt choke. Why cant she choke?

With a sigh I regard the image in the mirror again. Who are you? I struggle to hold back the tears. I dont want to cry, not while the woman is looking at me.

She yanks the laces of my dress even tighter, so tight I can barely breathe. Who are you? I ask my reflection again. The person in the mirror is a stranger. Shes not wearing my usual outfit of ripped jeans and a mans T-shirt. Her blond hair frames her face, falling in soft waves on the lace bodice of the dress, which is peekaboo, with visible stays. It extends to her hips, emphasizing her narrow waist. The full, soft skirt falls to her feet. The pure white of the dress blends in with the white skin of the girl in the mirror.

I heave a sigh, and the sad blue eyes in the glass regard me. Theyre alien to me, but somehow terribly familiar at the same time.

Who are you?

Edward certainly wont want a fat wife!” The bitch tightens the ribbons of the bodice even more. Im suffocating.

Fuck you,” I mutter, this time audibly. I want her to hear. She ignores me as she continues to fit me with my wedding dress. There are now only ten days, four hours, fifty minutes, and thirty seconds remaining until I say I do.

But its not going to happen. Less than three hours from now Im going to escape. I have to, if I want to survive—or at least die free. What will become of me when I leave this damned prison, though? What will become of you? I silently ask the girl reflected in the mirror.


Author Bio:

Angela Camilla Pontone is a USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Italy, in a town between Rome and Naples. She's been an avid reader since childhood. She prefers romance, but will gobble up pretty much anything that's available. She's always loved history and literature, so she obtained a Master's Degree in the fields of Italian and Romance Languages, Literatures and Philology, Historical and Musicological Studies, Latin Languages and Literatures, Ancient History, and Archaeology.

Camilla's secret desire was always to be a writer, but she never had the courage to pursue her dream until her life experiences led her to seek a way out of reality. Now, her dream is to continue to create great stories that her readers will love.

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One and Only Crystal Druid by Annette Marie #Blitz

 

The One and Only Crystal Druid
Annette Marie
(The Guild Codex: Unveiled, #1)
Published by: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Publication date: September 24th 2021
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

Im not your average girl.

My best friend is my switchblade. My favorite hobby is using it on the cruel, the abusive, and anyone who gets on my bad side. Im a convicted murderer with a chip on my shoulder and a dangerous lack of restraint.

And then theres Zak.

His rap sheet makes mine look tame. The bounty on his head is worth more money than Ill ever make, and the deadly fae that shadow his every step wield more power than Ill ever know.

Hes the Crystal Druid, and his first mistake was setting foot on my turf.

His second was saving my life.

And his final mistake will be failing to realize that however dark, however ruthless, however broken he is…

Im worse.


From the author of the best-selling Guild Codex books comes a new series that delves into the dark, dangerous world of druids and fae alongside two ravaged souls who may be exactly what the other needs…if they dont destroy each other first.

Unveiled can be read as a standalone series or in conjunction with other Guild Codex series. For the full reading order, visit Annette Maries website.


More series in the Guild Codex world:
The Guild Codex: Spellbound
The Guild Codex: Demonized
The Guild Codex: Warped

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EXCERPT:

When my attention landed on him, he strode toward me, his long legs eating up the ground and coat billowing out behind him. Stopping almost on top of me, he reached down as though to take my elbow—and seized the front of my jacket.

I grabbed his wrist as he roughly hauled me onto my tiptoes, bringing my face close to his. Despite the moonlight and forgotten flashlights illuminating the clearing, the interior of his hood was filled with unnatural darkness.

Rkr watched us from his lofty perch, pale blue eyes gleaming.

That was quite the scene I came in on,” the man rumbled in a low, dangerous tone. What do you know about that bear fae?”

I stared into his hood.

A rough sound grated from his throat. You dont seem to be grasping the situation. Tell me what you know before I lose patience.”

I smiled, showing my teeth. Was that a threat?” “What do you think?”

My smile widened, and I lifted my empty hand toward his face. Itll take more than a hood and a threat to scare me, especially when”—I pushed his hood back—“Ive already seen your face.”

The shadows fell away, revealing his countenance again. Inhumanly vibrant green eyes, framed by dark lashes, fixed on mine, his eyebrows lowered with menace. A beautiful face, if I were honest. Striking cheekbones, a strong jaw, full mouth—currently pressed into a thin, angry line. By my best guess, he was in his mid-twenties, maybe a bit older.

My palm brushed against his clean-shaven cheek as I let his hood fall—and with the same motion, I flicked my hand, pulling my switchblade from my jacket sleeve. The blade sprang free, and in an instant, I had the point resting against the corner of his left eye.

But not fast enough.

A cold, thin edge pressed against my left cheek. I didnt break eye contact to see what sort of weapon he had in my face, but the blade felt sharp—sharper than my little knife.

Neither of us moved, his fist tight around the front of my jacket. If either of our hands wobbled, wed both bleed.

His right eyebrow arched slightly. How do you want to play this?”
Let go of me.”
I dont think so.”
I stab you, you stab me,” I suggested frostily. My cheek is more likely to heal than your eye.”

Pass.”

He wouldnt let me go and he wouldnt play knife-chicken. What was left? Then Ill answer your question if you answer one of mine.”

His full mouth thinned again, green eyes raking across me. Fine.”

His agreement surprised me until I realized he expected to win this game too. He thought Id reveal more with my answers than he would with his.

Not likely.

Who the hell are you?” I demanded.

Answer my question first.”

You first. Who are you?”

He growled under his breath. The Crystal Druid.”

Surprise flushed through me, and I couldnt stop my eyelids from flickering with a single, startled blink. He was a druid?

Now,” he rumbled, tell me what you know about that bear and the other aggressive fae in this area.” “I dont know anything.”
His blade pressed painfully into my cheek. This little game doesnt work if you lie.”
Im not lying.”

Then youre an idiot. Every fae across the lower mainland is talking about the attacks and disappearances around here.”

Fascinating, but this is the first Ive heard of it.”

Arent you a witch?”

Yes, but a terrible one.”

His striking green eyes narrowed. Terrible in what way?”

Ignoring his question, I shifted my blade ever so slightly, ensuring he couldnt miss the sharp point in his peripheral vision. My turn again. Why are you here?”

The fae—”

Yes, yes, the attacks. But why do you care about some aggressive fae?” I arched my eyebrows, though my bangs probably hid them. What are you hoping to gain, Crystal Druid?”

Author Bio:

Annette Marie is the best-selling author of The Guild Codex, an expansive collection of interwoven urban fantasy series ranging from thrilling adventure to hilarious hijinks to heartrending romance. Her other works include YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter.

Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada with her husband and their furry minion of darkness. 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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Mafia Princess by Kennedy Slope #Blitz

 

Mafia Princess
Kennedy Slope
(Crowned Criminals, #1)
Publication date: September 27th 2021
Genres: Adult, Dark Romance

Once upon a time, Sasha Petrov had been a mafia princess. Safe and protected in the high-tower of her fathers mansion. She had known her place, and shed been happy for it. That had been before her family decided to marry her off to their enemy.

Sasha Petrov knew it was her duty to marry, but she never expected her father to give her away to their enemy, the Blanchi family. Shed accepted that it was her fate to end the bloodshed that took her brothers life, but at eighteen shed rather be heading off to college than heading down the aisle.

Dominic Dom” Blanchi saw an opportunity to save his brothers life. Hed already lost so much, and he couldnt imagine burying another beloved member of his family. He was certain that his marriage to Sasha Petrov would save his last remaining brother from the grave. Getting a pliant young wife in the deal wouldnt be the worst thing, at least, thats what he told himself. But when his familys warehouses get hit and Blanchi men continue dying, Dominic wonders if his new wife is to blame.

Now, both must make a choice between love and family loyalty.

And Sasha will have to decide if shed rather be a Mafia Princess or a queen.

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Dominic lifted my veil, and I sobbed harder at the thought of what came next. Never before did I imagine my first kiss to be with a man who despised me, and I especially did not imagine it to be in front of nearly three hundred strangers on my wedding day. But, here we were with Dominic preparing himself to steal the first part of my innocence.

Ignoring my tears, Dominic made a big show of sweeping me into his arms before placing a sweet, chaste kiss on my lips. I cried harder as the crowd went wild.

Smile, Sasha,” he commanded in his rough voice as he took my hand and led me down the aisle amongst cheers and rose pedals. I tried my best to bottle my emotions and smile pretty, but I felt dazed by the days events.

The cool air on my face as we finally reached the doorway of the church brought me out of my stupor. People threw rose petals on us, and photographers snapped pictures as we made our way towards the car. I wanted to scream and shout at all of them for not helping me.

Where are we going?” I asked Dominic as we settled into the limo. I didnt want to talk to him, but I honestly had no idea what came next. My family had taken care of all the planning, and no one deemed to tell me anything about it.

The largesse of my wedding dress made sitting next to each other impossible, and the distance gave me space to think and take in the events of the last hour.

Take this,” he said in response, handing me a tissue box. Wipe your face and fix your makeup. I dont want to walk into our reception with you looking the way you do.”

His words stung, but I said nothing. Not only did my new husband scare me, but I was too tired to fight so early on into our marriage. Instead, I began dabbing my eyes like the good girl I was raised to be.

The ceremony had been long. Catholic ceremonies always were and considering ours needed to be conducted in both the Orthodox and the Roman way, I was surprised people even agreed to stay.

I was exhausted, and I wanted nothing more than to strip off my heavy dress and take a nap.

Readings, followed by mass, followed by a sermon, followed by vows, and then finally the kiss. So much pomp and circumstance for a wedding we all dreaded. Away from the crowds and the pressure, my tears abated, as I wiped my face and began reapplying my make-up.

No use crying now. I thought. Nothing could be done.

How do I look?” I asked after applying a fresh coat of lipstick. I silently thanked Nadia for insisting on outfitting the limo with emergency supplies.

Dominic took my face in his large hands, gently turning me one way and then another. Despite feeling like cattle under the auction appraisers, I kept my mouth shut and allowed him to inspect me.

You look like a child,” he said with disgust before releasing me from his grip.


Author Bio:

Kennedy Slope has always had a wandering mind. She's written a million romances in her head, but "The Duke's Contract," is the first one she's decided to share with the world. In her past lives, she has been a teacher, a waitress, and for a brief moment, she sold copiers. Currently, she resides in Virginia with her husband where she enjoys drinking too much coffee and binge-watching HGTV.

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Saturday, 25 September 2021

Mistle Text by Whitney Dineen & Melanie Summers #Blitz

 

Mistle Text: Twas the Text Before Christmas …
Whitney Dineen & Melanie Summers
(An Accidentally in Love Story, #5)
Publication date: September 25th 2021
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Holiday, Romance

Twas the text before Christmas…

Twenty-eight-year-old Holly Snow is the only mother her four-year-old niece remembers. Three years earlier, when her sister and brother-in-law were killed, Hollys dream of becoming an international flight attendant was put on hold so she could be home for baby Faith. Holly is doing everything she can to keep the rent paid, including working as an online travel agent, filing medical claims, and cleaning apartments in her building. When her friend Maggie tells her that her boss needs someone to buy his Christmas gifts, she leaps at the opportunity.

Tall, dark and Scroogy, investment banker, Archibald Harrington is too busy to do his own Christmas shopping. When his assistant tells him she knows of a professional shopper, he happily checks another dreaded task off his holiday list. The last thing Archie is expecting is for his hired elf to text him insistently to find out more about the people on list. The last thing Holly expects is to develop feelings for grumpy man whos stealing her Christmas spirit.

Will there be a Holiday miracle, or will Holly and Archie miss their chance at love? Find out in the fifth installment of the Accidentally in Love Series.

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EXCERPT:

My boss needs a personal shopper for Christmas, and Ive already told him I know the very best one in Manhattan.” Toni gives me an open-mouthed smile, clearly expecting me to jump up and down.

Your boss. As in Archibald Snooty Pants the Forty-Second?” I ask, pursing my lips.

She opens her mouth, but I cut her off with one finger in the air. You complain about the man all the time.”

Its not like hes a horrible person, hes just a one trick pony—all work and no play. Plus, its not like youll have to work side-by-side with him or anything. You probably wont even have to see him.”

Im not a personal shopper,” I tell her. Unless his family and friends want ramen noodles or discount t-shirts from the guy who sells them out of his trunk in front of my apartment building, I would have no idea what to buy.”

Yeah, well, Archie doesnt know that.” She pumps her eyebrows up and down like a comedian.

Toni, you told me the guy was a rich stuck-up preppy from the Hamptons. While I would love nothing more than to make some extra money, I dont have the foggiest notion how to shop for rich people.”

So watch some holiday episodes of Real Housewives and see what they buy each other. Hell tell you how much to spend on each person. Come on, Holl, its not brain surgery. Its shopping. You know how to shop. And you need the money.”

What if he hates me?” I despise feeling so pathetic, but Im totally out of my league here.

Then he hates you. So what? Believe me when I tell you, Archibald Harrington only thinks about work. You cant take anything he says personally.”

Dread slams into me like a wrecking ball. How much do you think I can make?”

Enough to pay for Christmas and at least the next three months of Faiths preschool tuition. How can you pass that up?”

The answer is, I cant. And if it means working for a cranky billionaire, then Toni is right. Ill do whatever I have to do in order to take care of Faith. I just cant guarantee Ill like it.

Fine,” I tell her. How many gifts am I supposed to buy?”

Hell need all of his family gifts, which include his godfathers family. Hes spending Christmas with them in Newport. He wants you to cover his business gifts, as well. The VIPs are starred, meaning those particular gifts need to be extra-amazing. Ive also made you a list of everything that I want, so I dont wind up with another Monte Blanc pen. Ive already sold three of those suckers on eBay and I only get a fraction of what theyre worth.”

I dont even know what a Monte Blanc pen is.” My chest tightens like Im not getting enough oxygen.

She hands me a piece of paper. This is a list of websites to check out. You can order everything and have it delivered here.”

Why cant I just have everything sent to his office? What am I going to do with it?”

After taking a healthy swig of white zinfandel, Toni says, Youre going to wrap everything up and make it look like Santa himself cracked the whip on the gift-wrapping elves. Once you have everything purchased and ready, Ill send a car to pick the gifts up.”

Youll send a car, will you?” I tease.

Yeah, well, I can do those fancy things in the name of my boss.”

How am I going to pay for everything?” I ask. I have about two hundred dollars of credit left on my card. I dont think thats going to cut it.”

Toni opens her purse and hands me a shiny black credit card. Theres no limit, so if you dont mind doing a little jail time, you could have a lot of fun.”

No limit? I cant imagine such a thing.” I fantasize about what damage I could do with plastic like this. Not only could I pay for Faiths school for the rest of the year, but I could also get my mom into one of those nursing homes that has a hair salon and restaurant. I could upgrade to a two-bedroom apartment so Faith doesnt have to sleep in the closet anymore, and I could even splurge and buy myself some real leather gloves.

Youre imagining, arent you?” Toni jolts me out of my daydream.

I most certainly am. The first thing Id do is buy Faith whatever winter coat she wanted and then Id take her out to a nice restaurant.”

Toni rolls her eyes. If youre going down for a crime, youve got to think bigger.”

I stare at the card for a second, then look back up at Toni. How can you stand working for someone who has so much? Dont you just want to steal cash out of his wallet once in a while?” I dont really have the heart of a felon, Im just tired of always being broke.

The nice thing about Archie is that even though he has the personality of a killer shark, hes generous. He has a Friday lunch catered for his staff every week, and he makes sure to float us enough extras that none of us are tempted to steal from him. Hes a good businessman.”

Even though hes a stuck-up preppy?” I ask for clarification.

Exactly.”

I look at the list of stores she thinks I should shop at—Tiffanys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, The House of Bijan … “Whats my budget?”

She hands me another piece of paper. The handwriting isnt hers, so Im guessing its Archies. He wants me to spend four thousand dollars on his mother?!”

Yup. He wants her to have two gifts. One of them needs to be the main. The other can be fancy ass chocolates or something.”

Right, but probably not gas station chocolates.”

Quit stressing, Holls, youve got this.”

I dont know why, but for the life of me I cant see this ending well…

Author Bio:

Whitney loves to laugh, play with her kids, bake, and eat french fries -- not always in that order.

Whitney is a multi-award-winning author of romcoms, non-fiction humor, and middle reader fiction. Basically, she writes whatever the voices in her head tell her to.

She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jimmy, where they raise children, chickens, and organic vegetables.

Gold Medal winner at the International Readers' Favorite Awards, 2017.

Silver medal winner at the International Readers' Favorite Awards, 2015, 2016.

Finalist RONE Awards, 2016.

Finalist at the IRFA 2016, 2017.

Finalist at the Book Excellence Awards, 2017

Finalist Top Shelf Indie Book Awards, 2017

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Melanie Summers also writes steamy romance as MJ Summers.

Melanie made a name for herself with her debut novel, Break in Two, a contemporary romance that cracked the Top 10 Paid on Amazon in both the UK and Canada, and the top 50 Paid in the USA. Her highly acclaimed Full Hearts Series was picked up by both Piatkus Entice (a division of Hachette UK) and HarperCollins Canada. Her first three books have been translated into Czech and Slovak by EuroMedia. Since 2013, she has written and published three novellas, and eight novels (of which seven have been published). She has sold over a quarter of a million books around the globe.

In her previous life (i.e. before having children), Melanie got her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, then went on to work in the soul-sucking customer service industry for a large cellular network provider that shall remain nameless (unless you write her personally - then she'll dish). On her days off, she took courses and studied to become a Chartered Mediator. That designation landed her a job at the R.C.M.P. as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for 'K' Division. Having had enough of mediating arguments between gun-toting police officers, she decided it was much safer to have children so she could continue her study of conflict in a weapon-free environment (and one which doesn't require makeup and/or nylons).

Melanie resides in Edmonton with her husband, three young children, and their adorable but neurotic one-eyed dog. When she's not writing novels, Melanie loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. She also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken 'from above'. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something--more like just staying until they turn the lights off.

She is represented by Suzanne Brandreth of The Cooke Agency International.

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Dragon Chains by Becca Brayden and Grace Goodwin #Blitz

 

Dragon Chains
Becca Brayden & Grace Goodwin
Publication date: September 24th 2021
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Dangerous. Tortured. Desperate. King Ryker of the Draquonir will make one last sacrifice to save his people and his kingdom before he loses control of the raging beast inside him. Dragon kind are dwindling, no longer able to hunt for their true mates in this contemporary, high-tech world.

Ryker must do something no dragon has ever done before; have a child with a human woman he has no desire to touch, a woman his dragon refuses to take as a mate. Arrangements have been made. A queen chosen. A loveless, chaste marriage of convenience. No passion. No dragonfire. Nothing but contracts and medical procedures to sire an heir. This is the only way his race will survive.

Katy Toure is tired of cleaning up her identical twins messes, but when her sister calls in a panic, unable to get to an important business meeting worth millions of dollars, Katy just cant say no. All Katy has to do is walk out of her dead-end job, grab her sisters passport, fly to Italy, pretend to be her sister for a few days, sign some contracts and take the vacation shes always dreamed about.

No one will know shes an imposter. No one ever knows.

But Katy has never tried to fool a dragon who scents his mate..

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EXCERPT:

Buona sera, mia regina. May I join you for a drink?”

The deep voice came from a man standing next to her and Katy tore her attention from the dancing couple to look up. And up.

Their gazes locked and Katy forgot to breathe. She flushed with pleasure. Excitement. The fantasy sex god had arrived as if on cue. And hed just called her something his, she knew at least that much Italian. Her toes curled. Her nipples hardened into tight, aching pebbles. Desire bolted through her body as the air nearly crackled with sexual tension. Out of all the hot, single Italian women in the club, he singled her out. Picked her. A glance to the side showed at least half a dozen women glaring daggers at her. She didnt care.

Yes. I mean, sì, signore.” Katys voice took on a husky sound shed never heard before. But then, shed never been this aroused by just looking at a man either. Sex god might be an understatement. He was gorgeous. Perfect. His smell…

God, his smell.

She took a deep breath and closed her eyes as his cologne surrounded her and made her body burn. Her breasts grew heavy and her panties were instantly soaked with desire.

She wanted more. She wanted to bury her nose in his neck and nibble on his skin. Rub herself all over him. Absorb him. Mark him somehow, as hers.

Im going crazy.” She whispered the words to herself but didnt open her eyes. Not yet. Not when she could still taste his scent on her tongue and her body was on fire. She needed to gain control of herself. Calm down.

He slid into the seat next to her and placed his hand, palm up, in the center of the table. A blatant invitation.

Katy didnt want to resist. She needed to touch him. She slid her hand into his and gasped as heat filled her entire body. Raw lust. Desire. It was like shed fallen into a hot bath and her mind went blank. All she could think about was kissing him the way the couple on the dance floor had been kissing. Pressing her body to his. Feeling his strong hands grip her hips. Melting into his heat. Reveling in his scent as it enveloped her.

Dance with me.”

Katys heart pounded in her chest. The club was loud, the music thumping. She shouldnt have been able to hear his quietly spoken words, but his voice was so deep it carried straight to her ears, vibrated through her body and set her core to throbbing. His English was perfect, the accent exotic. Sexy. Not quite like the other Italians shed spoken with while shopping. She couldnt quite place it. Didnt care. Yes.”

Katy allowed Ryker to lead her onto the dance floor. As the music pounded around them he pulled her in close. She went readily into his arms, her body suddenly pliant, melting into his strength. He growled low, pulling her in even closer. Molding her body to his. He bent his head slowly toward her, allowing her time to resist. She wanted this. Wanted his lips on hers. Without conscious thought, her gaze grew slumberous, her long, dark lashes swept down to cover her eyes as she waited breathlessly for his kiss.

His lips were pure fire. Heat flowed through her like nothing shed ever felt before as he conquered her mouth with his own, his large frame folding around her until she felt like they were the only two people in the world. Shed read novels where one kiss made a woman forget her own name but had never experienced it. Until now.

Ryker.”

Hmmm?” His response sounded as drunk on desire as she felt. They had melted into one body, one being, and she clung to him without shame or hesitation. She moved with him on the dance floor, the music barely registering. He moved, so she moved. His scent filled her lungs, made her feel like she was a wild thing and somehow, he belonged to her now. Was hers to do with as she wished.

Was this pure lust? Pheromones? Chemistry?

Katy couldnt help herself. She wanted more.

Author Bio:

Becca Brayden spends her days writing and her nights dreaming up her next hot adventure with even hotter alien hunks. A Colorado native, she has lived in New Zealand, Florida, Alabama, Kansas and loves to travel in direct proportion to how much she hates to cook. Chocolate makes her happy, licorice makes her cringe, and despite the cult following - she hates pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes. (More for you!) Natural wanderlust has given her a deep love for Mediterranean food and a bookshelf filled with everything from philosophy to sexy romance.

She believes that if we are to save our great planet and all its amazing inhabitants, we must put aside our differences and collectively work together!!

You can catch her enjoying a cup of hot cocoa at her website www.BeccaBrayden.com

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Grace Goodwin is a USA Today and international bestselling author of Sci-Fi and Paranormal romance with nearly one million books sold. Grace's titles are available worldwide in multiple languages in ebook, print and audio formats. Two best friends, one left-brained, the other right-brained, make up the award-winning writing duo that is Grace Goodwin. They are both mothers, escape room enthusiasts, avid readers and intrepid defenders of their preferred beverages. (There may or may not be an ongoing tea vs. coffee war occurring during their daily communications.) Grace loves to hear from readers.


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Friday, 24 September 2021

Resting Beach Face by Melanie Summers #Blitz

 

Resting Beach Face
Melanie Summers
(Paradise Bay, #4)
Publication date: September 16th 2021
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance

My favorite voice in the romantic comedy genre—clever, modern, and laugh-out-loud funny.” ~ New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Layne
Sweet, Sexy. Compelling. …a hilarious romantic comedy that will keep readers happily turning the pages.” ~ Chick Lit Café

Melanie Summers welcomes you back to Paradise Bay for a ridiculously romantic, laugh-out-loud tale of reluctant homecomings, lost loves, and second chances…

Yoga instructor, Hadley Jones, has loved Chase Williams since high school. Fifteen years later, she still does. And while he hasnt popped the question yet, she knows its only a matter of time. Little does Hadley know Chase has been busy making wedding plans—just not with her.

Heath Robinson left the Santa Valentina Islands the first chance he got. Hes about to pull together the biggest aeronautical merger in history when he gets a call that has him boarding a plane home. Now, instead of sipping whiskey sours with the big boys, hell be watching his bed-ridden mother sip from a juice box. His plan is to help her recover from her moped accident as quickly as possible so he can get back to his real life—hopefully before he runs into the girl who crushed his heart, Hadley Jones.

Will Hadley realize that Heath is the real man of her dreams? Will Heath forgive Hadley? Will his mum ever ride a moped again?

Find out in this delightfully funny tale of life coming full circle! Resting Beach Face is sure to leave you smiling…

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EXCERPT:

So, you know when youre in the shower or on a long drive and your mind starts to wander and you find yourself thinking about that moment when youll have a chance encounter with the person who tore your heart to shreds? Yeah, of all the ways I imagined this, not one time did I picture myself crawling under the door to a dressing booth, with three pairs of high-cut cotton knickers in my hand, no less.

I get down on all fours on the not-so-clean tile floor, then flatten out as though Im about to do one of those crawl-through-the-mud training exercises the army seems to like so much. A woman with a stroller happens to come out from behind a nearby clothing rack and gasps.

Oh no! This is not what it looks like. Im not some perv sneaking a look at women while they change,” I say quickly.

She purses her lips and does the one-eyebrow raise while pointing at the undies Im clutching.

These are for my mum,” I tell her, but I can see in her eyes, this woman has already made up her mind about me. And shes certain Im a total pervert.

Wait!” Hadley says. Is there a woman there? Maybe she could help me?”

Yes! Brilliant. I glance back up only to see the woman hightailing it out of here. Shes gone.”

Damn.”

I guess Im all youve got,” I tell her.

Author Bio:

Melanie Summers also writes steamy romance as MJ Summers.

Melanie made a name for herself with her debut novel, Break in Two, a contemporary romance that cracked the Top 10 Paid on Amazon in both the UK and Canada, and the top 50 Paid in the USA. Her highly acclaimed Full Hearts Series was picked up by both Piatkus Entice (a division of Hachette UK) and HarperCollins Canada. Her first three books have been translated into Czech and Slovak by EuroMedia. Since 2013, she has written and published three novellas, and eight novels (of which seven have been published). She has sold over a quarter of a million books around the globe.

In her previous life (i.e. before having children), Melanie got her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, then went on to work in the soul-sucking customer service industry for a large cellular network provider that shall remain nameless (unless you write her personally - then she'll dish). On her days off, she took courses and studied to become a Chartered Mediator. That designation landed her a job at the R.C.M.P. as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for 'K' Division. Having had enough of mediating arguments between gun-toting police officers, she decided it was much safer to have children so she could continue her study of conflict in a weapon-free environment (and one which doesn't require makeup and/or nylons).

Melanie resides in Edmonton with her husband, three young children, and their adorable but neurotic one-eyed dog. When she's not writing novels, Melanie loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. She also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken 'from above'. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something--more like just staying until they turn the lights off.

She is represented by Suzanne Brandreth of The Cooke Agency International.

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