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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Win! Your Summer Read with Angela Ford & Jennifer Conner June 9th-August 31th



Summer Reads 2018

Angela Ford & Jennifer Conner
Win your summer read!

ENTER HERE


Time to bring out the flip flops!
Whether you head to the beach, the poolside,
or your favorite spot to soak up some sun-take a romance with you.


or off to London with a Dare – Angela & Jennifer’s co-authored romance –
3 winners every month this summer!

Jennifer & Angela are giving 7 eBooks all summer long!
Escape with a romance this summer–besides the titles listed above,
they’re giving you 2 brothers from The Mac Brothers Series and
taking you to Sunset Beach in their Sunset Beach Romance Series
(each book in series can be read as stand-alone romances).

Perfect summer reads while you relax in the sun.
Good luck on the draws!
Have a fabulous summer–Happy Reading!
Ange & Jenni











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Friday, June 22, 2018

The Ghost in the Gardens ( A Flower Girl Mystery) by HL Carpenter



Welcome the 1-week Virtual Book Tour for The Ghost in the Gardens (A Flower Girl Mystery) by HL Carpenter.

About The Ghost in the Gardens:

Until the first spooky visit, ten year old Chrysantha Howe doesn't think about ghosts. She thinks about plants.

All.

The.

Time.

She has her future planned out, and that future includes plants. Chrys is going to be a plant scientist like her uncle and her favorite teacher, and she's determined to find the very rare Coralroot orchid.
The ghost is not in the plan.
But when her teacher disappears and the police suspect her uncle was involved, Chrys has to figure out what the ghost is trying to tell her—before it's too late.



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Book Details:

Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal Mystery
Page Count: 152 pages

Publisher: Mirror World Publishing (http://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/)

Order Links:
Mirror World Publishing:  Ebook  Paperback

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I had the future planned out.

The ghost was not in the plan.

After the first visit, I still didn't really believe in ghosts. But when she came back the second time, I had to change my mind. I hadn't been dreaming and I wasn't crazy. The only other alternative was: I had seen a ghost.

I started researching ghost visitations. What made them stick around in this world? How did they choose who to haunt? Why had no one ever caught a legitimate sighting on video or made a recording?

Mostly what I learned was that people argued a lot about whether ghosts existed. People who believed in ghosts liked other people who believed in ghosts. People who didn't believe in ghosts thought people who did were crazy.

I was not crazy.

Finding out the answers to my questions about ghosts should have been easy. I had my own personal ghost to ask. But every time she visited me, I couldn't say a word. My thoughts got all tangled and my breath stuck in my throat and I got dizzy. Having my own personal ghost was not helpful. The visits were...creepy. Like are-you-here-because-I'm-going-to-die creepy. Maybe the creep factor was why no one had ever documented a ghost.

I shivered, though I hadn't seen the ghost in hours and cheerful sunlight warmed the early June morning. The Water Garden, a magical green fairyland of trickling streams and arched bridges, closed in around me. Shadows shifted. Bushes rustled.

I'd never seen a ghost before, not even when my dad died. Why had one decided to haunt me now?

"Just lucky, I guess," I said. "What do you think, Barkley?"

My long-legged Schnauzer scratched his ear with his hind foot.

"That's what I think too."

I tugged Barkley's ear and picked up one of the quarter-size flat stones scattered beside the path. I tossed the stone into the deep end of the Water Garden pond.

Barkley scrambled to the bank, then yipped and jumped back, almost jerking the leash from my hand. The ruff on his neck rose straight up. He stared at the pond, his lips curled, his teeth bared.

I gripped the red plastic leash more tightly.

The ghost liked water.

Barkley growled.

In the pond, twin black shafts of water shifted into the wavy outline of feminine eyes. Pale lips, reed-thin and white as unearthed slugs, parted. The lips tried to form a word. A gurgle rose from the depths like a deep sigh.

"Daaaaay...daaaay..."

Bubbles roiled the surface of the water.

Barkley growled again. Then he barked, as if to prove the ghost hadn't silenced him.

I tried to speak, to ask the ghost what she wanted. My tongue clung to the roof of my mouth. My lips moved in a quivery jiggle as if I were silently whistling. But I could not force out a sound, much less a whole question.

Maybe if I could think a question, the ghost and I could communicate. Maybe she didn't need actual words to hear me and to answer.

I tipped forward. My glasses slipped down my nose. I wanted to ask her...something...something...important...

What would touching her feel like?

I stretched out my hand.

Meet the Author:


Florida-based mother/daughter author duo HL Carpenter writes family-friendly fiction. The Carpenters write from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit HLCarpenter.com to enjoy gift reads and excerpts and to find out what’s happening in Carpenter Country.

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The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles Book Tour and Giveaway


Lust
& Lies
The
Jamie Reynolds Chronicles Book 1
by
Casandra Charles


Genre:
Urban Drama, Romance



JR
was young, single, making money, enjoying life and on top of her game
as a successful event manager in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating
from Clark Atlanta University, she focused most of her life on her
career, driven by the need to prove herself while working in a men’s
field. Atlanta was all about keeping up with the Joneses and JR knew
just how to do it. After seven years in Atlanta, she abruptly moved
back to New York to be with her family when her dad had a near-death
experience. During her move, she met Toni, a single, blue-collar,
strong-minded guy who quickly swept her off her feet with his
lies.


Love
was never on her mind, but Toni was different (she thought). Even
though they were at two different places in life, JR let her guard
down and welcomed him in. After only a few months of their
long-distance relationship, things started to move really fast,
making JR really nervous. Then the drama began as Toni suddenly moved
in with her and she started uncovering the hidden secrets of the real
person.

As
JR was coming to terms with the idea of Toni being in her life, she
remained torn between him and her past in Atlanta. A past that
included David, her on-again, off-again lover who was everything JR
wanted in a man: well-educated with a successful career, good looks,
and the drive to want more of everything that Toni didn’t have.
However, even after two years of dating, their relationship was like
oil and water: they just didn’t mix. As Toni’s real personality
was revealed, David looked more and more like the safe place for JR.
When her current situation started to heat up, JR began wishing she
had her old life back.

The
Jamie Reynolds Chronicles: Lust and Lies is just the beginning as JR
tries to find the right balance in her life; however, that happy
balance is not so easy find, especially when it’s full of lust and
lies.











Secrets
Revealed...The Beginning
The Jamie Reynolds
Chronicles Book 2



Just
as Jamie Reynolds, aka JR, stepped outside of her comfort zone and
lets her guard down with Toni, she quickly understood why she had it
up in the first place. Toni was nothing like he pretended to be, and
after three years of his lies, JR finally had had enough and found
the courage to leave. 

JR
didn’t have many friends and was so embarrassed at her life’s
direction she tried to pretend she was okay, but her true friends
knew better. This included David, her past lover, who was happy she
was back in Atlanta, but things just weren’t the same between them.
Maybe because JR was still legally married to Toni, as he refused to
sign the divorce papers, or maybe because David’s life was moving
forward and JR’s life had fallen backwards. 
This
new JR was nothing like her old self. JR was once a strong
independent woman, but now she can’t even look herself in the
mirror without falling apart. After years of lies and now emotional
abuse from Toni, who refuses to let her go, she just couldn’t hold
it all in and finally her emotions started to get the best of her. JR
tried to drink her problems away, which only made things worse, as
she truly lost her direction. Then her life unexpectedly came
crashing down after her friendship with Terry took a turn for the
worse. One by one JR not only lost her old friends, but she also lost
her way, which led JR to seek help. 
Jenny
was JR’s saving grace, and after diving deep into her past, she
finally began to uncover the hidden secrets of the real JR. Secrets
even JR hid from herself. As Jenny encouraged JR to let her guard
down yet again and explore dating, she met Mike, a
twenty-five-year-old young professional who was nothing like Toni. He
was educated, had a thriving career, and truly supported JR even
after watching the drama unfold between Toni and her, but he never
ran, and JR appreciated his strength.
Lust
and Lies was just the beginning as The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles
continues and JR is faced with the newest chapter in her life, a life
full of questionable memories into her past, present and future self.










Pillow Talk
The Jamie Reynolds
Chronicles Book 3



There
are three sides to every story, her side, his side and the truth, as
the men of the Jamie Reynolds Chronicles tell all. Jamie Reynolds,
aka JR, takes center stage of her own reality as she becomes the
focal point of David, her on-again, off again lover who was
everything JR wanted in a man, yet their relationship was like oil
and water—they just didn’t mix. Blue, JR’s first and only
friend with benefits, thought he was okay with his role of friend and
convenient lover, but ultimately the friendship always outshone his
need for something more. Robert, aka Rob, who didn’t see anything
wrong with having his cake and eating it too as he tried to juggle
Maria (his fiancée), JR (his girlfriend) and multiple other
women.

Terry,
JR’s play brother, wanted to do more than just play. Toni, JR’s
blue-collar and now petty and bitter ex, vowed to make JR life
miserable at any cost. Wes, JR’s first high school love, had to
take a backseat as JR grew up and moved on with a successful life as
he still ran the streets, wishing he had JR back again. And Mike, a
younger man who stole JR’s heart, struggled with growing up as he
battled the thoughts in his head and the passion in his
heart. 
Pillow
Talk is a unique twist to the backstory from the point of view of the
men in the Jamie Reynolds Chronicles as they also uncover their true
lust, lies and secrets.












Originally from
Brooklyn, New York, with parents from Trinidad and Tobago. Casandra
“CeCe” Charles graduated college with a BA degree in Mass Media
Arts at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA, where she resided for
many years and now has her master’s degree in Adult
Education. 


Casandra always wanted to write a book but
hesitated for many years, as she suffers from adult dyslexia. She
never allowed her disability to hold her back on anything, and she
finally completed her first book, Jamie Reynolds Chronicles: Lust and
Lies, in 2015, Secrets Revealed in 2016 and now Pillow Talk in
2018.

She is the successful owner of Smell the Sunset, LLC,
which is an umbrella company for Creative Encores, LLC, an event
planning business, and What’s Good USA, a Good News website that
highlights good news from around the United States, and now her
newest adventure, author.

Casandra loves to travel and explore
and has a bucket list of places to visit a mile long. She lives by
many mottos, but her favorite one is “Live Laugh Love,” which is
also tattooed on her left arm to remind her every day to Live today,
Laugh often and Love always.











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Knox Book Tour and Giveaway


Knox
Hellbound
Lovers MC Romance #8
by
Crimson Syn
Genre:
Adult MC Romance

I’ve
loved Jade ever since I first laid eyes on her.
She’s
always been mine.
And
now a dangerous evil wants to take her away from me.
He
wants to hurt her, cage her free spirit.
Over
my dead body will he lay a finger on her.
No
one takes what’s mine.
And
no one hurts what I love without paying the price.
She’s
my life, my love, my everything.
And
I’ll be damned if I lose her.

I’ve
been captivated by Knox ever since I met him.
He’s
the only man who’s ever cared about me enough to protect me.
There’s
no way I’d ever turn my back on him, or any of the Hellbound
Lovers.
They’re
not the traditional family, but they’re mine.
I’ll
fight tooth and nail for them.
But
I’ve been propositioned by an enemy
And
now I face my fate.
Protecting
Knox is the only things that matters.
No
one will take him away from me.
And
no one is going to keep me from the man I love. No one.




Wolf
Hellbound
Lovers MC Romance #1



Grayson
Hellbound
Lovers MC Romance #2



Riggs
Hellbound
Lovers MC Romance #3



Cain
Hellbound
Lovers MC Romance #4



Seth
Hellbound
Lovers MC Romance #5


Gunner
Hellbound
Lovers MC Romance #6


Diesel
Hellbound
Lovers MC Romance #7




My name is Crimson Syn,
not really, but what fun is it to use my real name. Instead I’ll
use my inner goddess’ name, it’s much more fun that way. I
grew up in New York City where I had a wonderful education, loving
parents and awesome friends. What more could a girl ask for?
I
started writing at the age of sixteen. The first romance I read was
Stephanie Laurens’ Devil’s Bride. Since then I have been
influenced by dozens of flourishing romance authors and even more
dashing and daring rogues. I must say it, but Fifty Shades was not my
first erotic romance, nor did it influence me to start writing them.
If you’ve never read Mary Balogh, Elizabeth Hoyt, Lisa Kleypas,
Bertrice Small or A.N. Roquelaure’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy, then
you’re missing out. Those were my sweet introductions to erotic
romance, and boy were they hot.
So
here I am, after reading so many wonderful stories, I have too many
sinful tales of my own not to share. I like my alphas rough and
possessive, and I have no shame in saying it or writing it. I had
delightfully wicked teachers growing up, their books took me to new
worlds and brought me new loves. So, I want to do the same for you. I
want to indulge my readers in those steamy reads that will send them
into the arms of dangerous alphas and deliciously sexy rogues,
without leaving the confines of their nice warm bed. If I am able to
entice your inner goddesses, then I have done my job and I am
satisfied.


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Release Tour Defining Riley A Harper's Rock Legacy Series, Book 4 by JJ Ellis

DEFINING RILEY
A Harper's Rock Legacy Series, Book 4

by JJ Ellis

Release Tour Deadly Discovery Nova Ladies Adventures, Book Three by Alathia Paris Morgan

DEADLY DISCOVERY
Nova Ladies Adventures, Book Three

by Alathia Paris Morgan

Shenanigans Book Tour and Giveaway


Shenanigans
by
Gail Koger

Genre:
Paranormal Romance

Kandi
Cain inherited her Dr. Doolittle abilities from her grandmother and
became a psychic pet detective. To her dismay, she just acquired the
power to communicate with the spirit world, but dead people give her
the willies. 


Just
when Kandi thought her life couldn’t get more complicated, the
neighbor from hell moved in next door. The nasty guy’s name is
Dutch Callaghan. How can someone so gorgeous be such a dick? Kandi
could chalk some of it up to his job. Dutch is a Phoenix PD homicide
cop. 

Kandi’s
current case is rescuing a Yorkie from a brutal dog fighting ring.
Little does she know her dog napping suspect is involved in a series
of brutal murders. Disguised as an elderly nun, Kandi rescues the
Yorkie and, in the process, blows the hell out of Dutch’s
undercover operation.

Kandi
now finds herself a person of interest in her client’s murder and
her sexy-as-hell, pain-in-the-butt neighbor is in hot pursuit of the
Ninja Nun. Is Dutch about to slap the cuffs on? Only time will tell.







How
do I come up with my stories? Being psychotic helps. I was a 9-1-1
dispatcher for way too long. All those years of wild requests, screwy
questions, bizarre behavior and outrageous demands have left me with
a permanent twitch and an uncontrollable craving for chocolate. Don’t
get me wrong. Working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher can be very rewarding.
BUT - some days I felt like the entire world was nuts. I mean, c’mon,
who in their right mind calls 9-1-1 for the winning lottery numbers?
To keep from hitting myself repeatedly in the head with my phone, I
took up writing.



I
made the Night Owl's Awesome Paranormal Romance Authors List.






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