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Read an excerpt of BRANDED BY FIRE by Danielle Annett – New Release & Giveaway

If you love Buffy the Vampire Slayer then you’ll love Aria Naveed. Kicking butt and saving people is kind of her thing.

Lovers of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance do NOT want miss out on Danielle Annett’s BRANDED BY FIRE. You must see why Cherry Adair calls BRANDED BY FIRE a novel with “[b]reakneck pacing, a strong fierce heroine, and a twist at every corner”!

SYNOPSIS
Aria Naveed can’t decide what’s worse—being mate-bonded to Declan Valkenaar, the Alpha of the Pacific Northwest Pack, or owning up to the fact that she’s developing feelings for him.

Her bond to Declan is the one thing keeping her grounded and preventing her new power from destroying everything and everyone around her.

If Aria doesn’t tread carefully, especially where her heart is concerned, she’ll learn the hard way that if you play with fire, you’ll always get burned.

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“Aria you’re being unreasonable.” He took a step forward and reached out for me. I side stepped away and then put a hand to my forehead when the room began spinning.
“Unreasonable?” I ground it. “You asked men within the Pack to court me. You wanted to tie me to the Pack so you could use me.” I was practically yelling at him now. Maybe I wasn’t too tired to fight with him after all.
“That was before…” he trailed off.
“Right,” I scoffed. “Before you bit me and tied me to you. Before you decided this little mate bond between us somehow made me your soul mate. Now you care about me as a person, is that it? But before I was just a tool for you to use and somehow I should be okay with it? I should be flattered that Declan Valkenaar, Alpha to the Pacific Northwest Pack has picked me to be his mate? Is that what you’re telling me?”
I blinked hard as tears threatened to spill. Dammit, why did he have such an effect on me? I rubbed the ache in my chest and turned away from him.
He didn’t say anything for several long minutes. I climbed into my bed and tucked myself under the covers as silent tears spilled down my cheeks.
The mattress dipped and Declan slid his body into the bed beside me. “Get out,” I choked out.
He wrapped his arm around my waist and pulled my back flush against his chest.
“I’m a bastard.”
“I know.”
“And I don’t deserve you.”
“Glad you’re finally realizing that.”
I swiped at the tears on my cheeks and tried to pull away from him but his grip was iron tight.
“But I love you.”
I sucked in a breath. He, what?
I froze, suddenly unable to form any coherent thoughts or words.
He didn’t say anything else, just settled in beside me with his arm wrapped tightly around my body and his legs now tangled with mine. I listened as his breathing slowly evened out and realized the exact moment when he fell asleep.
Declan told me he loved me. The bond that connected us flared to life at his words and I realized, I believed him.

ABOUT DANIELLE ANNETT

Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, designer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series. Danielle writes about kick butt heroines in volatile settings and like her, most of them have some level of addiction to coffee.
When not writing, Danielle can be found hanging out with her two children whom she fondly refers to as her little monsters, or catching up on the latest episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Game of Thrones.
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Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Day: August 22, 2016
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He’s so arrogant.

          She’s so self-righteous.

I can’t stand him.

          I want her.

He’s a distraction I don’t need.

          She’ll say yes eventually because I’m not giving up.

          Justine Porter is stuck between a rock and a stripper pole. She lost her law school scholarship, which means she has two choices to keep her life on track: strip for her tuition or tutor the most distractingly sexy guy in her class—the one she’s been turning down for two years straight. It should be an easy choice, but tutoring Ryker Grant could derail her plans to graduate with honors faster than two-for-one night at the Déjà Vu. Then again, topless has never really been her color.
      She could take the easy road, just this once . . . but the deal has enough loopholes to trip anyone up.
          Who knew they taught bad judgment in law school?

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TSEOME Ebook CoverThe Sex Education of M.E. by L.B. Dunbar
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 22, 2016
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I’m forty, flabby, and frustrated. Don’t get me wrong, I have a good home, a decent job, and great children. I had a loving marriage for twenty years where we had our ups and downs. It wasn’t perfect; but it wasn’t awful. Then he died.

After the grief took its course, and the reality of my life set in, I grew frustrated. It wasn’t the bills or the struggle to keep my interest in my work. It was life without a man – the only man I’d been with for twenty years. And before you go all feminist on me, it isn’t that I can’t be an independent woman, but there are certain areas where a man is necessary.

You need a fuck buddy, my friend said.
I didn’t even know what that meant.
Is it friends with benefits?, I asked.
Better, you don’t even have to be friends, she offered.

Boy, did I need an education in the modern workings of dating, and sex.

A coming-of-an-older-age novel.
Something new from L.B. Dunbar — a stand alone!

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I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell in love with the anti-stepbrother instead?
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Genre: New Adult, College
Release Date: August 22, 2016
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He told me to ‘settle, girl.’
He asked if ‘something was wrong with me?’
He said I was an ‘easy target.’
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?

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Journeymen #2
Genre: Paranormal, Vampires
Release Date: August 29, 2016
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WARNING: This book is for mature readers only. Not for children. It contains adult themes, violence, coarse language, sexual situations, nudity, and paranormal themes.

The Adventure Continues…
From author Golden Czermak, comes the second installment of the enthralling Journeyman Series.

With no answers and a weapon of mass destruction slung around his neck, Gage Crosse is left with little choice but to travel with Joey Mosely to New York, seeking aid from the Order Council itself. Little do they know that they are about to embark on what may be the greatest adventure of their lives: to find the mysterious Seal of Solomon.

Meanwhile, the fragile threads holding the demon army and its monstrous allies together are unraveling. Keli must act quickly to maintain her position as ruler, else have all their efforts fall into the flames of ruin.

Can the Journeymen keep the Seal of Solomon out of demon hands, or will the Noctis succeed in wrenching all three artifacts from their control?

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NEW 99c PARANORMAL RELEASE by LP Dover – Turn of the Moon [Excerpt & #Giveaway]  

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Title: Turn of the Moon
Series: Royal Shifters standalone series
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

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Synopsis

One girl.

Two wolves.

Promised to one.

Destined for the other.

To escape the cruel, overbearing, Kade, the Yukon Pack alpha she’s been promised to, Bailey Whitehill flees her home in search of a new life, one of freedom where she can make her own choices. However, Kade will stop at nothing to make her his and begins the hunt.

As Bailey starts her new life, everything she’s known to be true, is not. Time is of the essence and choices have to be made or consequences suffered. Not only does Bailey fear Kade, but another danger lurks deep in the recesses of the forest. Unbeknownst to her, that danger is what she’s been searching for all along. At the turn of the moon, her fate hangs in the balance . . . and it’s up to her to make the right choice.

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There was a time when I lived for the pack, when I would do anything to save my people. The white wolves were slowly reducing in number, and now everyone was desperate, struggling to make ends meet before we were wiped into extinction. I was twenty-four years old, and a daughter of the Northern pack alpha. It was my duty to continue my lineage. The only problem was, there were no other unmated alphas around other than my best friend, Sebastian, and the supreme douche, Kade Whitemore.

There was no way in hell I was going to alliance myself with that rat bastard. He was alpha of the Yukon pack, violent, and an overbearing ass who’d rather see me on my back with my legs spread open than being his equal. I’d rather die than be forced to be his mate for all eternity. Why couldn’t I mate with Sebastian? Thinking of fucking him gave me the willies, but anything was better than Kade.

Anger racked my body and I sat there, seething . . . until I felt him. He was coming for me; I could sense him drawing near. The closer we got to the meadow, the more I could smell Kade and his excitement—his lust. Hopefully, he could smell the rage and disgust coming from me.

Wolves mated for life; it was a sacred union. It wasn’t like a human marriage where you could end it by signing a piece of paper. Our unions weren’t something you did lightly. It was also not a decision I was going to let my parents make for me. The only way to escape would be to kill him, and the last thing I wanted to do was start a war between packs. There had to be another way.

Up ahead, in wolf form, Kade kept his stare dialed in on me. He was large—like all alpha males tended to be—but I wasn’t impressed. He could smell my indifference and in return growled low, challenging me. I glared straight at him, not backing down, nor lowering my head. No one would ever make me submit.

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About The Author

LP Dover

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over twenty novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency and Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management for dramatic rights.

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Release Date: Friday November 7th 2014

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“I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw – parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming.”

In a world ravaged by war and oppressive forces of evil, a princess must fight to claim her bloodright and save her people.

When the princess, Alondra falls for the beautiful, blue eyes of a hooded stranger, it awakens in her a taste for freedom and an escape from her duty.

But her parents have other plans; they have a Kingdom to protect and Alondra must marry to ensure the peace between nations. Only what happens when your parents choose a cold-hearted assassin as your betrothed?

As lies, illusions and long hidden vendettas surface, the princess has to confront a very secret history. One that makes her realize that she not only risks losing her liberty, but of everything she has known and loved.

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Sarah Daltry is a varied author, known best for the contemporary New Adult series, ‘Flowering’, a six-title series that explores the complexities of relationships, including how we survive the damage from our pasts with the support of those who love us.

As a former English teacher and YA librarian, Sarah has always loved Young Adult literature and ‘Dust’, an epic fantasy novel where romance blends with the blood and grit of war, is her second official foray into YA, following the gamer geek romantic comedy, ‘Backward Compatible’. Most of Sarah’s work is about teens and college students, as it’s what she knows well.

Sarah’s passion in life is writing; weaving tales of magic and beauty. The modern and vast social networking world is an alternative universe that she makes infrequent trips too, but when she does, readers will find her attentive, friendly and happy to discuss the magic of stories and reading. Please stop by and say hi @SarahDaltry.

Sarah has moved back and forth between independent and traditional publishing. Her first novel, ‘Bitter Fruits’, is with Escape, an imprint of Harlequin Australia, and she signed with Little Bird Publishing in the spring of 2014.

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Glimpse of Darkness

Volume #1: Chronicles of the Cursed

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Charlene (Charlie) Bennett is a simple waitress in the wilds of Hyder, Alaska whose father has just gone missing. Isolated and alone, her fathers’ disappearance is nothing new to her, but this time things are a little different.

For starters, there is a handsome stranger, Daniel that has come to town and while Charlie has never taken more than a passing interest in strangers, she has an immediate and intense attraction to this one. Secondly, she’s soon to find out that this stranger isn’t what he appears. He’s about to throw Charlie’s entire world into a major upheaval.

Now Charlie has to decide if she believes this strangers’ incredible story and follow Daniel or if she wants to stay in the only home she’s ever known for an uncertain future and an absentee father. As she comes to terms with what Daniel shows her, she realizes that he’s the only true thing in her life and leaves everything she knows behind to follow the handsome stranger.

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She was standing in the middle of the poorly lit living room surrounded by chaos holding a baseball bat looking more like a scared child than the woman she was.  “Charlie, please open the door.” The voice sounded so familiar to her, but what on Earth would he be doing here, and how did he know where she lived. She moved towards the door. “Daniel?”  “Yes. Charlie, please trust me, we don’t have very much time, please open the door and let me help you.”

She was very confused but she moved slowly to the door.  She knew that Daniel couldn’t have possibly done this mess, unless he had done it when she was working.  But why would he do something like this and then spend the evening with her. “Charlie, please hurry, we don’t have much time and I need you to trust me. I had nothing to do with what’s happened in your home, believe me. I’m here only to help you.”

She reached for the locks on the door and slowly turned them to open the door.  Before she could even turn the knob, Daniel had turned the door and pushed his way in. He quickly moved through the door and closed it again and locked it pushing furniture in front of the door and windows. Charlie was standing there staring at him with the baseball bat still in a defense mode. “You can put that down; it won’t do you any good anyway.”

Charlie was disoriented and didn’t understand what was going on.  “What are you doing here?  And how do you even know where I live?”  Daniel hadn’t stopped moving around the room moving furniture into defensive positions around the doors and windows.  “I followed you Charlie.”  “What?!  How did you follow me?  I drove off and you were still standing in the parking lot when I left.”  “No Charlie.  I wasn’t.  You saw me following you; you just don’t want to admit that you knew it was me.  But we don’t have time for this right now. Please get whatever you need to leave this place forever and get to the back door as quickly as you can.”

She was just standing there looking at him in bewilderment.  What the hell did he mean he followed her?  She had no idea what he was talking about, and leave this place forever, why on Earth would she do that?  “Charlie. MOVE.”  His voice was filled with urgency and terror and Charlie snapped to her senses.

“I don’t understand. What’s going on?”  Charlie was near tears, she didn’t deal well with pressure to make snap decisions and was feeling overwhelmed by what was happening.  “Charlie.  I don’t have time to explain everything to you, so please you will have to take some of this on faith until we can discuss this in a way that I can explain.  Please. You know I would never hurt you; in fact I’m doing my best to prevent just that.  But you are in serious danger right now, and I need you to focus and do as I say.  Can you do that for me?”

Charlie was blinking back the tears but nodded her head.  She didn’t know why she trusted this man, but he’d not given her any reason not to and right now he was thinking straight and she wasn’t. “Go into your room, grab as much clothes as you can put into a backpack. Nothing more than a backpack. Say you understand me.”  “I understand.”  “Good.  Take only what you can carry in this one backpack, nothing more, and only take what you need. I know it’s hard to let go of some things, but they are only possessions, so decide if they are worth your life.  If they are, take them, if not, leave it.  Say you understand me.”  “I understand, but…” “We don’t have time, Charlie.  NOW.”

 

Ten Fun Facts about Nicole DelaCroix

1)      My childhood dream is to live in London, England.  I love everything British and even drink imported English tea like a closeted Brit.  (Shhh, don’t tell anyone)

2)      I’m fluent in many languages – Sarcasm, Profanity and Double Entendres, just to name a few. (Bet you thought I was serious)

3)      I’m incredibly clumsy and have tripped over my own two feet more times than I can count.  Mostly it happens when I’m wearing flat shoes and on even pavement.  I’ve never taken a fall wearing high heels.

4)      Speaking of shoes, I spend more money on shoes (preferably platform boots please) than I do on fixing my car, groceries or anything else.  I have multiple pairs that are far too high for me to wear that I still have in boxes.  I refuse to get rid of them, eventually I will wear them.

5)      I subscribe to a theory of radical honesty, meaning that I do everything in my power to not tell a lie.  I do however, refuse to tell anyone my correct age, and I never will.

6)      I believe in ghosts, so much so that I’m convinced that there was a ghost of a nurse in my childhood bedroom.  I’m still scared to sleep alone in that room.

7)      I refuse to eat any food that has feet or face still attached to it.  So peel and eat shrimp, crab legs, lobster, fish, etc., I won’t even eat if it’s on the table.  It just freaks me out.

8)      I’m scared of most all bugs, snakes and general creepy crawly things, except spiders.  Spiders are cool and don’t scare me at all.

9)      I have the biggest sweet tooth ever!  I keep jars of candy and sweets all over my home, work and car.  I always have something, even if it’s only gum.

10)   I hate having my picture taken, and my mother insists that there is more footage of Bigfoot than there is of me. (She’s probably right too)

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Daniel finally turned to her and acknowledged that she was there. “You’ve guessed right. We are just ahead of the cannery and yes we are going to catch a cannery truck. There is a shipment leaving in about 15 minutes that will come this way.  When they come this way the pack will delay the driver so we can sneak onto the back of the truck. What I need you to do is wait until I give the signal to go and then run to the back of the truck quickly and quietly without drawing any attention. It’s imperative that the driver does not know we’re on the truck.  He can never see us if he does this whole thing will fall apart.  Do you understand?” Charlie nodded, she didn’t like the plan, but she would do what Daniel asked of her.

“We will stay in the back of the truck until they get to Washington state and then we can make our way from there. But it’s very important that until we make it out of town and on the highway that you don’t say or think anything. Focus on your music, keep your eyes closed and try not to listen. If you hear something make sure it doesn’t break your concentration Charlie, it’s very important. I can’t block you and both our lives depend on you keeping quiet. I know you’re tired and upset and I haven’t been very forthcoming, but we’re almost out of here. You’ve had your life in my hands up to now and the only way I can return the trust is to tell you that my life is in your hands until we make it out of town. All you have to do is focus on the music in your head; can you do that for me?”

Charlie felt the gravity of his words and hoped that she could come through for him.  She would definitely try her very best to do exactly what he wanted her to do.  She had managed to grab her ear buds when they were leaving the cabin, she figured she could dig those out and put them in. They weren’t completely noise canceling but when she had them in she found it easier to focus.  Besides she could put her MP3 player on and the music could just play helping her focus even more.

Daniel started to look a little relieved that she was taking his words to heart and coming up with the best solutions to keep them both safe. He relaxed his grip on her hand a little letting her know that he understood what she was thinking and was on board with her plan.

They hadn’t been sitting very long when they heard the unmistakable rumble of the oversized cannery truck in the distance. She figured they had about 5 minutes before the truck made it to where they were hiding. Her adrenaline was pumping and her tiredness eased up and she was on pins and needles waiting for the truck to make it around the curve.

It seemed like forever before the truck lights showed on the horizon meaning that the truck was about 3 minutes away.  Daniel looked focused on what was going on and the pack was on edge as well. It was clear a plan was in play but Charlie was clueless as to what exactly it was. All she knew was her part in it, pay attention get to the back of the truck without being seen.

It wasn’t long before the noisy truck was making its way around the curve and picking up speed.  Charlie started to let her doubts creep in, how were they going to be able to jump on a moving vehicle. When without warning the answer to her unspoken question showed itself. The missing pack members were corralling a wild black bear on the other side of the road. It was clear by their behavior that they were going to push the bear into the road in front of the truck about 30 feet ahead of where Charlie and Daniel were hiding.

Charlie started to worry that the bear would make it across the road before the truck could make it, when the rest of the pack moved into action. They ran up to intercept the bear and block it onto the road, there was no escape as the truck barreled down on the bear. Since the curve in the road had hid the bear, the truck slammed into the poor animal. As soon as they heard the tires squeal, Daniel pulled Charlie up and they both ran to the back of the truck. Daniel quickly cut the seal on the truck as the wolves started howling loudly.  Sound cover to pull up the door so they could jump in, the pack had thought of everything.

Only Charlie worried that the bear may have damaged the truck too much for it to continue its journey, but she didn’t have to wait long as she heard the bear growl and the pack disperse and the unmistakable sound of the cab door closing. Soon enough her fear was squashed as the truck lurched into movement. Charlie dug out her MP3 player and ear buds and started listening to music.  She had her classical mix playing David Garrett so she was instantly lost in the music.

About the Author

Nicole Delacroix is the author of the fantasy paranormal novel Glimpse of Darkness, born in Frankfurt Germany to a German mother and American Military father.  Her parents instilled in her a deep love of the written word and a profound respect for literature in all forms. So it’s little wonder that from the moment she could first write she knew that writing would always be a part of who she is. From short stories to dabbling in scriptwriting she passes her time with her day job as an IT professional but feverishly writes well into the night. Her passion for literature encompasses many different genres but her heart beats true with fantasy and science fiction. She’s fiercely loyal to friends and family and is eagerly awaiting the day when she can move to London England, her childhood dream.  You can visit her at www.nicole-delacroix.com

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