#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #Excerpt and #GiveAway : The Matchmaker’s Surrender – Tammy L. Bailey @tammylbailey

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Today I’m on the ‘The Matchmaker’s Surrender’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
To promote Tammy L. Bailey her book I have some ‘basic’ information, an excerpt and a giveaway for you.

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Tammy L. Bailey_316x400A LEO wife, mother, and military veteran, Tammy began writing when the shows and movies she watched didn’t end the way she wanted them to end. Whether it’s historical or contemporary, for her, there must always be a happy ending.
When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her husband and two boys near Cleveland, Ohio. Without their sacrifice and understanding, she believes she would have never been able to pursue her passion of writing or her accomplishment of becoming a published author.

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TMS Cover 4.15.19 300 BnN(2)_376x600Title: The Matchmaker’s Surrender (The Matchmaker Series Book 2)
Genre: Historical Romance

Surrendering her heart could be the scariest thing of all…

Miss Jane Dalton, one of London’s most successful matchmakers, believes it’s much safer bringing couples together than falling in love herself. In fact, she could not think of anything more frightening than to have loved and lost.
Fate, however, disrupts her plans to remain a single matchmaker when Mr. Nicholas Waverley, her brother’s best friend, is forced to kidnap her after she becomes entangled in an assassin’s web.
Forced together under dangerous circumstances, Jane realizes her true feelings for Nicholas. In the end, however, is her love for him worth the fall?

The Matchmaker’s Surrender is a Regency romance novella and the second book in The Matchmaker’s Series.

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For years, Jane had been so busy encouraging other people to dance, she hadn’t bothered perfecting the art herself. While she didn’t wish to impress Mr. Waverley, she didn’t want to crush his toes either.
“Oh, Mr. Waverley. Have you come all this way to ask my daughter for a turn around the room?”
“Mama!” Jane scolded, wanting the floor to open up and swallow her whole.
“She’s an exquisite partner, sir. I taught her myself.”
“Aunt!” Jane admonished, shaking her head. Her Aunt Sophia was a petite lady with a round face and ample hips whose sole purpose in life was to spoil and embarrass her niece and nephew equally. Jane was enormously grateful for her.
“I’m afraid my talents have been exaggerated,” she said to Mr. Waverley. “You don’t understand the perils or the pain you face with such an invitation.”
A wicked grin spread across his handsome face. “I do appreciate a little danger, Miss Dalton.”
He extended his hand, and she accepted. His touch, his smile, his undivided attention made her feel light and invincible. They danced, the breadth of his shoulder and the sensual curve of his mouth diverting her from noticing anyone but him, even as the dance separated them.
“You look beautiful,” he whispered when they came back together.
Jane faltered. His words strummed a wondrous tune inside her. Oh, why did she care so much of what he thought about her? Had she tried extra hard to fix her hair and pick out a dress so he would notice? Well, of course she had.
“Thank you. You look…very handsome, as well.”
He chuckled and then cleared his throat. “You don’t sound certain.”
Their gazes locked, and the dimple on his cheek disappeared. Her heart, already racing from his nearness and the exercise, thundered inside her chest. For a moment, the music hushed, and they were the only ones in the room.
“Miss Dalton?”
His deep and perplexed tone pulled her out of her trance.
“Yes, well, you must know you’re one of the most handsome gentlemen here, Mr. Waverley.” She paused to glance around at the young ladies waiting their turn with him. “Do you not see how they stare at you?”
He didn’t once shift his attention away from her. “I don’t care how they stare at me.”

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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #PromoPost and #GiveAway : Passion Patrol Series – Emma Calin @EmmaCalin

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Today I’m on the ‘Passion Patrol Series’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
To promote these books I have a some ‘basic’ information and a giveaway for you.

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Emma Calin_400x400Emma Calin was born in London in 1962. She currently lives in France and the UK.
She has been writing since childhood and has won numerous local, national and international prizes for poetry and short stories, including the East Texas Writers Guild Award in 2017 and the New Apple Award for Ebook Literary Excellence in 2017.
Emma currently writes police action romance novels and gritty short stories with her partner, an ex-Interpol, London Met’ Police and Special Branch detective.

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**All the books in the Passion Patrol series are standalones!!**

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1- Guilt_375x600Title: Guilt (A Passion Patrol Novel)
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Gunfire …
… A police dog is down.
Lonely dog handler Helen carries the guilt of survivor. Star singer and single father Marco is too guilty to sing.
Both are too guilty to love.
They meet as an innocent animal fights for life. Perhaps a hope is born?
Terror fanatics close in on London, their target the Queen. A cop must follow her orders. A father must protect his child.
Love breaks laws and hearts.
Follow the lust and drama. Let go of the guilt. Enjoy the thrill of the action. Follow Marco and Helen to the climax of passion. Hold on for the ride to the triumph of love.

Another stand-alone story in Emma Calin’s ‘Seduction Series’, combining thrilling crime mystery with steamy suspense romance.

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2- Combat_375x600Title: Combat (A Passion Patrol Novel)

A boxing official dead in New York.
Interpol cop Anna Leyton meets world champ cruiser-weight Freddie La Salle in a black London cab. Both have pasts and secrets. They need each other openly but neither must reveal the truth.
A sports reporter is slain.
Organised criminals conspire to rig international gambling.
A cop in love with her number one suspect risks the fire to express the heat of her erotic love. The do-or-die passion of a fighter in his prime feeds the flames to a white heat of lust.
Follow the big fight build up through London, Paris and California all the way to that round one bell in New York City.
Can Freddie La Salle do what he has to do in the ring? Can true love be built on deception?
Take off the gloves and buy this book now for a front row seat.

Enjoy this novel ‘Combat’ from Emma Calin’s 8-part ‘Passion Patrol Series’, combining thrilling crime mystery with explicit steamy suspense romance. If you enjoy James Patterson, Catherine Coulter, Nora Roberts and Kendra Elliot you’ll love a series that combines all of their best traits in fast-paced, pulse-pounding roller-coaster adventures full of passionate romance, deception, danger and love.

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3- Dynasty_374x600Title: Dynasty (A Passion Patrol Novel)

When an inner city cop goes wild…
… she’s driven out of town.
Police bosses swap her concrete for the green grass of an English village. Lord of the manor is sexy aristocrat, Spencer. The collision of cultures splinters all conventions setting free the steamy power of uninhibited erotic love.
But paradise is flawed.
An evil upper class rival.
A dead unknown girl.
A teenager’s life chances marred by drugs.
The mysterious death of her new lover’s wife.
…these things focus the duty of a cop.
No risk or danger is too great as she fights for the truth and for the survival of her love.
Beware of the sexual heat and jealousy as you follow the clues. Be prepared for some shocks on the way to the triumph of justice.
Buy this book now to know the truth of passionate human love beyond the accidents of birth.

‘Dynasty’ – another novel in Emma Calin’s kick-ass female cop ‘Passion Patrol Series’, combining thrilling crime mystery with suspense romance. If you enjoy James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter and Kendra Elliot, you’ll love a series that combines all of their best traits in fast-paced, pulse-pounding roller-coaster adventures full of passionate steamy romance, danger, love and… hot tea… yes really

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4- Crowns_375x600Title: Crowns (A Passion Patrol Novel)

A terror attack strikes London…
… a cop is down.
Sergeant Sophia Castellana steps up to avenge. A far younger man born to be a king falls under the spell of her courage and sexual experience. A love story unfolds with unstoppable erotic passion while revolutionary mobs fight on the streets of France.
Dark forces plot their separate paths to power. A sexually ambiguous warrior woman seizes control.
Could a young king and his older lover queen bring peace?
Deceit, violence and betrayal can’t extinguish the flame of true love. A nation warms in the reflected heat of carnal union.
Buy this book now to feel the power of uninhibited sexual desire in the sweep of history.

‘Crowns’, another stand-alone story in the ‘Passion Patrol Series’ of suspense romance novels. Steamy Emma Calin holds nothing back to bring you her juicy mix of cops crime and passion, with a large side order of French satire sauce. If you enjoy James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter and Kendra Elliot, you’ll love a series that combines all of their best traits in fast-paced, pulse-pounding roller-coaster adventures full of passionate steamy romance, danger and love.

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5- Santa_375x600Title: Santa (A Passion Patrol Novel)

For merciless people traffickers…
… Christmas doesn’t exist.
Mature community cop Paula has a heart of gold, a heart broken by love. When gangsters force tough business man Max Muswell to hire exploited labour, Paula steps up to fight at his side.
Love forces up like snowdrops as the Christmas lamps turn on.
Poor and powerless workers face a cold and joyless future. Ruthless crooks fight back as Max and Paula face them down.
Can an unlikely Santa bring hope and joy?
Buy this book now to feel spirit of Christmas at any time of year.

Another stand-alone Passion Patrol Series story combining thrilling crime mystery with steamy suspense romance and a Christmas twist. If you enjoy James Patterson, Catherine Coulter, Nora Roberts and Kendra Elliot you’ll love a series that combines all of their best traits in fast-paced, pulse-pounding roller-coaster adventures full of passionate romance, deception, danger and love.

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6- Wealth_375x600Title: Wealth (A Passion Patrol Novel)

Kaitlyn’s hot, strong and honest – just the way that sexy Randolph Quinn would love his girl…
…if he could find her.
He’s a billionaire in trouble.
She’s the cop on his case and he’ll only surrender to love.
London traffic cop Kaitlyn Thorn narrowly escapes a Mafia attack on world-dominating banker Randolph Quinn, a key witness under her protection. Someone on the inside has gone bad and betrayed her location. With orders to keep him alive at all costs, she has nothing to follow but her gut and her heart.
Alone and a fugitive with this sexy and powerful man, she can’t hold back her desire. Her bosses want to keep her inside his life and she craves his heat for her deep female need. She knows she’s gone wild but the exotic fruit of lust is sweet.
Can she trust him?
What is the source of his infinite wealth?
How can her bosses order her to ignore the laws of the world?
The action and passion unroll through London, Paris, Milan and New York. Only the final showdown in Rome will set her free.

A juicy mix of cops, crime and passion in another stand-alone story in this #1 bestselling series.
If you enjoy James Patterson, Catherine Coulter, Nora Roberts and Kendra Elliot you’ll love a story that combines all of their best traits in a fast-paced, pulse-pounding roller-coaster adventure full of romance, deception, danger and love.
You can bank on a steamy chase across continents. Get this book now and enjoy the ride.

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7- PowerTitle: Power (A Passion Patrol Novel)

A thug pulls a knife on a mean London street.
Rookie cop Olivia Johnston-Denny steps up. When irresistible American congressman Jackson T. Paine intervenes, her life is changed for ever.
Olivia is a fiery Scot. Jackson’s a cool Oklahoma boy. Feel the heat of the chemical reaction.
Tipped as a future president, ruthless opponents plot his downfall. When he faces them down, he stands alone for the final showdown.
He has one invincible weapon. A woman in love.

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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #PromoPost and #GiveAway : Women Who Soar – Paulette Harper @pauletteharper

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Today I’m on the ‘Women Who Soar’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information and a giveaway for you.

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Beginning her career in 2008, Paulette is an award-winning, bestselling author and the founder of WNL Coaching and Marketing Services. Along with being an ordained Elder, she is the author of several books and founder of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours, a service to help promote authors of the Christian genre and authors of clean books.
As an inspirational and motivational speaker, Elder Paulette’s desire is to empower, influence and cultivate women to move forward while dealing with issues that hinder women from becoming all they are created to be. Her topics are biblically sound and pertinent to the needs of today’s women. Paulette is a mother, grandmother and Bible teacher. Paulette has appeared on numerous radio and Television shows.
Combining enthusiasm with an energetic speaking style, audiences describe Paulette’s presentation as inspiring, enriching and encouraging. She is committed to speaking a message that is always uplifting and edifying.
As a writing coach, she is the visionary behind her own writing ministry called “Write Now,” a literary program that specializes in coaching aspiring writers in the areas of creativity, development, and publication of Christian books. She provides her listeners with tools, resources, and opportunities to help them succeed in the writing business.
Her books have ranked consecutively on the Black Christian Publishers Bestsellers List for Independent Publishers (non-fiction category).

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Women Who SoarTitle: Women Who Soar
Genre: Christian Non-Fiction

Women Who Soar is a book collaboration project of women who stepped out on faith, launched their own businesses and released their dreams and purposes into the world. These powerful women have dispelled lies, overcome difficult challenges, refused to take no for an answer and are now soaring and creating the life they deserve. Their stories are moving, revealing, encouraging and empowering. They have resolved to use their testimony to pave the way for other women to soar into their destiny.

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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #GuestPost and #GiveAway : All the Dirty Secrets – Marian Lanouette @AuthorMarian @KensingtonBooks @lyricalpress

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Today I’m on the ‘All the Dirty Secrets’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
To promote Marian Lanouette her books I have some ‘basic’ information, a guest post and a giveaway for you.

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Lanouette, MarianA self-described tough blonde from Brooklyn, Marian Lanouette grew up as one of 10 children. As far back as she can remember, Marian loved to read. She was especially intrigued by the Daily News crime reports. Tragically, someone she knew was murdered. The killer was never found. Her Jake Carrington thrillers are informed by her admiration for police work, her experience in running a crematorium, and her desire to write books where good prevails, even in the darkest times. Marian lives in New England with her husband.

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01 ALL THE DEADLY LIES_402x600Title: All the Deadly Lies (A Jake Carrington Thriller #1)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Homicide detective Jake Carrington takes murder personally …

The victim was bludgeoned, stripped, and left for dead. Shanna Wagner deserves justice—and there’s no better cop than Lieutenant Jake Carrington to find her killer. The brutality of the crime reminds Jake of his sister’s murder seventeen years ago, and the remorseless man responsible, now up for parole.
Then another woman is killed—and Jake goes dangerously close to the edge. He’ll have to face his personal demons and focus his formidable skills if he hopes to stop a vicious murderer from striking again—and hold on to his career, and his life …

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02 ALL THE HIDDEN SINS_400x600Title: All the Hidden Sins (A Jake Carrington Thriller #2)

When it comes to crime, homicide detective Jake Carrington plays for high stakes …

Assigned a missing persons case, Lieutenant Jake Carrington investigates a local Mob boss. The trail goes cold, but the Mafioso isn’t taking any chances, and soon the heat turns up from another quarter. Turns out there’s more than one dangerous suspect …
Kyra Russell is drop-dead gorgeous and Jake is only human. But despite their mutual attraction, Jake’s suspicion deepens when he learns about her gambling problem—an addiction that cost her both husband and son. Even more disturbing is Kyra’s day job. She runs a crematorium—and it’s tied to the Mob. Now Jake will have to navigate a firestorm of treachery to get to the truth …

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03 ALL THE PRETTY BRIDES_400x600Title: All the Pretty Brides (A Jake Carrington Thriller #3)

Homicide detective Jake Carrington has an engagement that can’t wait—with a killer.

Haunted by the murder of his sister, Lieutenant Jake Carrington struggles to control his personal demons as he stands over the brutalized body of a young woman found dead on the railroad tracks. The victim disappeared on July 6th, the fifth woman in as many years to go missing on that date. The fifth happy bride-to-be. The only one whose body has turned up.
Soon the killer is sending personal messages to Jake. They refer to an unidentified brother he believes Jake hates as much as he does. With his partner distracted by turmoil at home, Jake is on his own. Drawn deeper and deeper into a murderous family feud, his mission is to find out who the killer’s brother is—and stop him before another innocent woman’s life is cut tragically short.

“Tense and authentic—a suspenseful page-turner!”
— Leo J. Maloney

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04 ALL THE DIRTY SECRETS_400x600Title: All the Dirty Secrets (A Jake Carrington Thriller #4)
Pub Date: May 14 2019

It’s a shocking blast from the past when homicide detective Jake Carrington finds himself investigating the last woman he’d suspect of murder …

Recovering from a stab wound to the gut, and dealing with the news that his sister’s killer might beat the system, Lieutenant Jake Carrington needs some downtime. But that’s cut short by a very sensitive case: the murder of the police commissioner’s wife. The crime scene—a dive hotel, complete with provocative, incriminating photos—suggests the victim was having an affair. But Jake finds that hard to believe—as hard to believe as the #1 suspect …
Jake hasn’t seen his high school sweetheart, Melinda Mastrianni, since the day his sister, Eva, died. He’d turned down Eva’s request for a ride so he could go see Melinda, and the guilt has never left him. Now Melinda’s a local photographer, mostly shooting weddings and graduations. Definitely not the kind of pics that led him to her doorstep. But when Melinda disappears, and more prominent women turn up dead, Jake will have to navigate through a twisted blackmailing scheme to find out if the girl he once knew is long gone—or if she’s a killer’s next target …

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All my Jake Carrington Thrillers have been inspired by aspects in and around my life. When I was twenty years old, I was offered an office job at a cemetery in my fading central Connecticut industrial town. The cemetery superintendent who hired me was a visionary who realized property boundaries would hamper the growth of the century old business, so he opened a crematorium, too. I’d like to have died myself when I found out I had to assist with the cremations. As I look back working at the cemetery/crematory was the best job and best boss I had outside of writing.
How All the Hidden Sins came to life was due to my overactive imagination. While performing the cremations my imagination ran wild with what if scenarios. It took another twenty years before I created and put these ideas to paper. And now I’m excited to share Jake Carrington’s Thriller series with you. I’ve used that experience with cremations as the focal point in All the Hidden Sins, the second book in the series. All content is pure fiction from my inquisitive and devious mind.
In the first book, All the Deadly Lies, it explores how secrets and ego lead to deadly results. The brutal death of a student forces Jake to revisit his sister Eva’s murder seventeen years after she was killed. Her killer is now up for parole and Jake is forced to divide his attention between solving the young student’s case and dealing with his guilt. If he’d only given Eva a ride to her destination when she asked, she’d be alive today. He lives with that remorse every day.

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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #GuestPost and #GiveAway : Defend Me – Ayden K. Morgen @AKMorgen

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Today I’m on the ‘Defend Me’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
To promote Ayden K. Morgen her books I have some ‘basic’ information, a guest post and a giveaway for you.

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Ayden K MorgenAyden is the Amazon Bestselling author of the Ragnarök Prophesies series. She lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart/husband of fourteen years, and their furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army.
Ayden graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in the CJ and Social Services field.

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Devour Me Book #1 Cover Final Lrg_376x600Title: Devour Me (Her Best Friend’s Father #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Don’t get caught.
Never fall in love.
And steer clear of his daughter’s friends.

The rules were easy enough for Roman Gregory … until Mila Lawson set out to break every single one of them.
When the twenty-two year old lands on the ATF agent’s doorstep after a nasty breakup, he knows all too well that she’s off-limits. At thirty-eight, he’s almost twice her age, she’s hurting, and the blonde bombshell is his daughter’s best friend.
Mila knows all about wanting what she can’t have. For four years, she’s lusted after Talia McPherson’s scary hot, terminally single father from afar. After walking away from her cheating ex and what she thought was her happily-ever-after, the last thing on her mind is jumping into a new relationship.
Until she find herself living with Roman in Santa Cruz …
Now all she can think about is making all those dirty fantasies come to life. With nothing left to lose, she makes him an offer he can’t refuse: Two weeks of no-holds-barred sex. No strings. No commitments. No messy emotions.
Roman has no business agreeing to her insane proposition. He can’t have her. He shouldn’t even want her. But he’s going to take her anyway … and he has no intentions of stopping until she’s his completely.

If there’s one thing Roman knows for a fact, it’s that he doesn’t lose. Ever.
Devour Me is the first of three steamy novellas featuring Mila and Roman.

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Two weeks.
No strings attached.
No messy emotions.

Those were the terms Mila Lawson offered Roman Gregory when they found themselves living together in Santa Cruz. Now that the ATF agent has his daughter’s twenty-two year old best friend in his bed every night, he’s finding it more and more difficult to deny what he’s felt for her since the day they met.
With a drug cartel threatening to go to war and his daughter becoming increasingly suspicious, the last thing Roman should be thinking about is keeping Mila by his side. He’s never wanted much, but he wants her…and he’s willing to break more than a few of his own rules to convince the feisty little blonde to put her heart in his hands.
For Mila, falling for Roman might just be the most terrifying thing she’s ever done. Trusting him with her body is one thing, but with her past still hanging over her, she knows all too well that the scary-hot man who drives her wild has the power to destroy her.
As their time in Santa Cruz draws to a close and the world beyond their little stretch of beach closes in on them, Roman and Mila will be forced to confront the truth about their relationship and make decisions neither could have imagined.

But who ever said falling in love would be easy?
Destroy Me is the second of three steamy novellas featuring Mila and Roman.

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Title: Defend Me (Her Best Friend’s Father #3)

Forget the rules.
Forget right or wrong.
Forget letting go.

When Roman Gregory’s daughter caught him and Mila Lawson together in Santa Cruz, he swore he would face whatever he had to face to keep Mila by his side and win back his daughter. But now Talia isn’t speaking to either of them, and their relationship has gotten a whole lot more complicated thanks to the violent gang gunning for the ATF agent.
Mila knows nothing good comes easy, but she never imagined being the reason Talia stopped speaking to her father. All Mila wants to do is fix what she broke before the man she loves loses his daughter for good…even if that means she has to break her own heart to do it.
For Roman, bringing Mila to Los Angeles with a gang war looming on the horizon is the most terrifying thing he’s ever done. But now that he’s fallen in love with the gorgeous blonde, he can’t let her go. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe and regain his daughter’s trust…even if he has to walk away from his career to do it.
But neither Roman nor Mila could have foreseen the news that will change their lives forever.
When his worst fear becomes a reality and Mila is targeted, more than just their hearts are on the line. To save Mila’s life and guarantee a future with her, Roman will do more than break the rules. He’ll rewrite the rule book entirely.
Nothing will stand in his way. Not even the law itself.

Defend Me is the third part of Mila and Roman’s steamy story.

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Ayden K. Morgen’s Top Ten Alpha Males

I always say how much I love an alpha male. Perhaps that’s because I spend most of my time surrounded them. I see how committed and driven they are, and how hard they love. They’re overprotective and bossy and a little bit possessive…but it always comes from a place of love.
As a fire fighter and a supervisor for a state CJ agency, my husband can be one of the biggest alphas around. He’s also the biggest pushover when it comes to his girls. There is nothing he won’t do for me, our adopted daughter, my sister, his nieces, and my girlfriends. After fifteen years of dealing with his alpha male traits, I always find little pieces of him bleeding into my characters, and find myself seeking them out in my favorite characters.

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In the Her Best Friend’s Father series, Roman is a lot like my husband. He’s overprotective, not afraid to be himself, and more than a little bossy. He’s also incredibly sweet, especially where Mila is concerned. He makes no secret of the fact that he’s wrapped around her little finger, and tells her all the time how incredible she is.
To me, there’s nothing sexier than a bossy man who is all about his woman and isn’t afraid to show it. It takes a lot of confidence to put yourself out there, especially in a world where men are still often expected to be stoic and emotionless.
Here are some of my favorite alpha males.
1. Rhage from Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward – He’s this massive warrior who turns into a terrifying beast, but all he thinks about is Mary. He makes me melt in about 2.5 seconds flat. Every. Single. Time.

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2. Roland (The Gunslinger) from Wizard and Glass by Stephen King– He’s like John Wayne on crack through most of The Dark Tower series, but in Wizard and Glass, we get to see his humanity in this big way. His entire life is so messed up, but he never forgets his only love, Susan. Swoon.

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3. Naz from Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower – This man is a menace. He’s lethal and used to being in charge and doing whatever the hell he feels like he needs to do. He’s also willing to go to some insane lengths for Karissa when he finds himself falling for her. I love a tortured hero, and Naz has that down in spades.

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4. Alex Karazov from Reap the Wind by Iris Johansen –There is nothing sexier than a smart alpha male, and Alex has both going for him. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also driven, and loyal, and willing to take on a crazy man to win the day. His grand gesture to Caitlin is absolute perfection.

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5. Wesley Carter from A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson – I’m not a big fan of criminals as heroes, but Wesley Carter is one of the exceptions to that rule. He’s the definition of bad boy, but he’s also really freaking sweet. I love how he is with Kat.

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6. Reese Carroll from Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels – I don’t even know where to start with Reese. He’s gorgeous. Successful. Adorable. And over-the-top possessive. I just love how he doesn’t let anything stand in his way when it comes to Dylan.

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7. Patch from Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – Ah, Patch. My fake boyfriend. Patch wants nothing more than to become human, but he gives it all up for one special girl, and he does it with a suggestive quip on the tip of his tongue. Through it all, he’s pretty dang mysterious too. My husband tells my friends that Patch is my husband-approved boyfriend. What’s not to love?

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8. Carmine from Sempre by J.M. Darhower – Carmine and Haven endure all sorts of horrific situations, interference, and life or death moments, but they never stop loving one another. He never stops fighting for her. I cannot read this book without curling into a ball and crying my eyes out, but I adore the story and Carmine so much. Swoon.

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9. Rain from the Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson – This Fae king is a total bad-ass, excuse the language. He destroys an entire race, climbs back from the depths of self-loathing, and saves his soul mate and the world from some pretty scary mages. And he does it dressed in leather and strapped with weaponry. Hot.

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10. Hayden Stryker from Helena Hunting’s Clipped Wings series – Ah, Hayden. He’s such an incredible character. Not only is he covered in tattoos (hot), but he’s sexy as sin, and both rough and gentle in turns. He’s also a little tortured, and willing to do whatever it takes to help Tenley heal.

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Do you have any favorites?

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Today I’m on the ‘Don’t Tell’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
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willow roseThe Queen of Scream aka Willow Rose is a #1 Amazon Best-selling Author and an Amazon ALL-star Author of more than 60 novels.
She writes Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Horror, Supernatural thrillers, and Fantasy.
Willow’s books are fast-paced, nail-biting pageturners with twists you won’t see coming. Several of her books have reached the Kindle top 10 of ALL books in the US, UK, and Canada. She has sold more than three million books.
Willow lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. When she is not writing or reading, you will find her surfing and watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

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51QR5Dku4TL._SY346_Title: Don’t Tell (Jack Ryder Book 7)
Genre: Thriller, Suspense

This novel is based on actual events.

One close-knit family. Too many secrets.

When detective Jack Ryder is going skiing with his family in the mountains of North Carolina, he hopes for a week of fun in the snow with the ones he loves.
But then the body of a teenage boy turns up in the cold waters of the creek behind the cabin they have rented.

Don’t tell or you might be next.

The find shocks the rural community of Maggie Valley and rattles local law enforcement. What happened to the boy is more than strange.
Soon more bodies are found, and Jack Ryder digs into the case that seems to be anything but ordinary. What happened on the night that Benjamin Rutherford disappeared from the porch of his childhood home? Is his father — the local pastor — telling the truth? Is his sister?
As Jack digs deeper into this seemingly perfect family, he begins to wonder if any of them are what they pretend to be and what secrets they are hiding beneath the surface.

DON’T TELL is the seventh book in Willow Rose’s bestselling and addictive Jack Ryder series but can be read as a standalone.

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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #GuestPost and #GiveAway : Love Songs Standards Series – Cynthia Roberts

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About the Author :

Cynthia Roberts AuthorMy love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn’t until much later in life, that I actually took up the pen to write and my first historical romance, Wind Warrior was born. I don’t fit into one specific genre. When the ideas start to flow, lord only knows what category they’ll fit into **wink wink **
I wish I could have gotten to this point in my career much sooner rather than later, but life simply got in the way far too many times. Because of those multiple detours, however, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer and can draw upon those painful moments in my past, when I need to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel.
It is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in knowing, “Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities.”
Stop by and visit my Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/Cynthia.Roberts.Author/, where you’ll enjoy some really cute and entertaining posts on love, romance, and relationships, can subscribe to my mailing list, and be kept abreast of contests, giveaways, special promotions and new releases. Until then, bye for now.

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Title: Love Song Standards Series (Boxed Set Books 1-3)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

If you love Contemporary Romances with relatable, flawed characters who are sometimes wounded or broken and eventually find that kind of love we all dream of, you’ll love this series titled after some of the greatest love songs of all times.

Unchained-Melody-3-Final-large-copyUnchained Melody ~ Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years. Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to happily ever after.

Strangers-in-the-Night-large-copy-FinalStrangers In The Night ~ What happens when two strangers meet in a crowded bar on a Caribbean vacation and one is disinterested, while the other is totally intrigued? Fate happens. Only one role will play out in the end. It will lead to either a happy ending, or simply a chance meeting tucked away in a memory book. John Rinaldi, doesn’t want to be just a memory. He’s determined to win the heart of the beautiful and elusive, Samantha Michaels. She not only captured his interest, but she proves a woman he’s determined to have in his life forever. She just doesn’t know it yet.

For-Once-in-my-Life-_3-Final-small-copyFor Once In My Life ~ Christina Morandt spent most of her young adult life perfecting her talent and then performing worldwide as the prima ballerina for the Savannah Ballet Theatre. When she decides to retire at the peak of her career, she returns to Savannah to open her own dance studio and settle into a life of comfort and solitude.
Captain Garret Rickford is a seasoned Apache helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army, who is awarded a head instructor position at the Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia after serving four tours carrying out assault and rescue missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. He returns home, while secretly battling the haunting traumas of war and the death of his dearest friend and fellow comrade. She was raised on a horse ranch in Wyoming. He was raised in the Highlands of Scotland. They were opposites in so many ways, each never expecting to cross paths with the other. But, they did, and when the spark of attraction ignited, there was no extinguishing the passion once it began to flame out of control.

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(Creation of a Love Story)

Creating romantic fiction has been a passion of mine, ever since I was old enough to understand the connection between the sexes. I think I was twelve, when I wrote my first love story and like most young minds; I truly thought it was a masterpiece.
There’s another masterful connection that has been going on now for centuries, and that, is the one between music and literature. There is a full alphabet of songs that have been written retelling a work of literature as far back as the 18th century.
“If I Die Young” by The Band Perry was based on a poem, Lady of Shallot. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift is loosely based on Romeo & Juliet. The artist Sting’s “Moon Over Bourbon Street” was based on an Anne Rice Novel, Interview with A Vampire.
More interestingly though, is the anatomy of a song and how it has within its lyrics a pretty fascinating back story as well. For more than five decades, authors have been creating fictional pieces and bringing readers deep inside the lyrics. I grew up listening to my mom’s collection of romantic ballads from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Those lyrics have forever been embossed into my brain, I still sing along whenever I hear them. Lyrics like those back then told a story, and they were so strong, and emotional, their affect were everlasting.
I have a library of love songs on iTunes I listen to religiously, while I write, as a source of inspiration and a tool that gets me in the mood and mindset I need to be in. It is from this list, I began to formulate a series of ideas, followed by cryptic notes on paper, and finally the creation of my Love Song Standards Series. I made a list of the songs I connected with personally, whittling it down to thirty-five. That number was quite overwhelming, and I thought virtually impossible to create that many scenarios. So, I chipped away at the songs and their lyrics, until I decided on a top ten.
I had made a commitment to myself to finish one book a month throughout 2016, writing a chapter every day, leaving me ample time to polish and edit each one. I knew from the on-start, what I wanted my covers to look like. They had to resemble each other in a way that would tie them together, but strong enough for them to stand on their own. My designer Covers by Ramona did an exceptional job tying all my ideas together.
After Book 6, Chances Are, was completed, my brain was fried. I took a short reprieve and switched it up a bit with a Romantic Suspense, A Pawn for Malice. Happily, the first two books of my series received a 5-Star Readers Favorite Award, which ended my promotion efforts. I was forced to take an extended break due to personal issues that had set me back both physically and emotionally. My focus now, is to both promote my series and finish the final four titles All The Way, It’s Impossible, Sincerely, and Unforgettable.

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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #PromoPost and #GiveAway : No Saving Throw – Kristin McFarland @KayMcFarland @DiversionBooks

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Today I’m on the ‘No Saving Throw’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
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Kristin McFarland Author Photo_302x400Kristin McFarland has a Master of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University, which launched her on a short-lived but very exciting career as a newspaper reporter. After graduate school, she worked for five different newspapers around the country, writing about politics, crime, arts, environmental issues, crack addicts, prostitutes, and parades. She eventually wised up and decided that making up political fights and crime scenes would be a lot more fun than reporting on real ones. Today, she lives in southern Indiana, where she spends most of her time daydreaming about fictional lives and/or thinking about wool.

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No Saving THrow_388x600Title: No Saving Throw (A Ten Again Mystery)
Genre: Cozy Mystery

A supremely geeky murder mystery perfect for Whovians, gamers, and Muggles alike.

“A cozy shop, a tricky murder, geek humor, and gaming lore galore―what’s not to love in No Saving Throw? This book is a winner, and I can’t wait to take another turn!”
– Leigh Perry, author of The Family Skeleton Mysteries

“Enjoyable debut….Readers will hope to see a lot more of the plucky Autumn.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

Autumn has everything she could possibly want: Loving friends, a successful business, and a gaggle of gamers in her store every day.
Welcome to Ten Again, a tabletop gaming store that attracts nerds of every kind and fosters a community Autumn’s pretty proud of―a community that also keeps business afloat. And now that Autumn’s in the running for a grant, Ten Again’s future is looking bright.
That is, until one of Autumn’s gamers is mysteriously murdered. With everyone in the mall as a suspect and accusations flying, Autumn is going to have to do some sleuthing of her own to save her shop and her gamers from a fate more dangerous than having no saving throw.

“No Saving Throw is a fun, tight mystery that perfectly encapsulates the difficulties gamers face at being taken seriously. Protagonist Autumn Sinclair will stop at nothing to save not only her store, but also the geeky community it fosters.”
― Alex Erickson, author of the Bookstore Café Mysteries

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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #Excerpt and #GiveAway : Under the Scrubs – Katerina Baker @KaterinaBaker @limitlessbooks

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Today I’m on the ‘Under the Scrubs’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
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About the Author :

Katerina Baker_300x400Katerina Baker is a lucky gal who still attempts to have it all: full-time project management job that she enjoys, crazy family of four (with the ongoing threats of getting a pet to upset the family equilibrium) and writing.
Although on some days she is much more successful at managing her life than on the others, she still claims that she doesn’t want it any other way.
Katerina’s latest novel Under the Scrubs will be published in the spring of 2019 by Limitless Publishing. Her YA novel Blue is represented by Sharon Belcastro from Belcastro Agency.

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Under the Scrubs front_375x600Title: Under the Scrubs
Genre: Romantic Suspense

My life is ordinary, steady, predictable. And I’m okay with that. Working long shifts at the hospital is all the excitement I need.
But when a simple rescue-attempt goes wrong, I find myself in the arms of an arrogant, yet sexy FBI agent.
Kai Evans is what I’d call way out of my league. Yet, we end up dating. Sort of. That’s if you count fast-bike escapes and kissing while bullets fly around us as a date.
While Kai tries to keep me safe and alive, Tyler Moore–an ex FBI agent with a smart mouth–slithers into my life. Turns out, Kai and Taylor have a history. The kind that can’t be erased with a simple handshake.
Now it’s all about settling the score between them, and Taylor has the perfect weapon to use against Kai…
Me.

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You’re bad-ass, Emilia. Keep cool, I chant silently. So what that he’s twice my size.
Yes, barging in when I’d seen a man picking a fight with a woman in the middle of a dark, empty street wasn’t my smartest move. She had a baby in the stroller, and I figured if he wanted somebody’s wallet, I could just give him mine.
The woman quickly left, and I’m now facing him alone. We’re a block away from the YMCA where I teach evening childbirth classes, an area that’s best avoided during the daylight, much less an hour before midnight.
He advances toward me with the crazy gleam on his face. A dim shine from the broken street light briefly illuminates an object in his hand. A knife. “Bad-ass, huh?”
Crap. Crap. Crap. My stupid habit of thinking out loud. I back away until I hit the wall of a crumbling building behind me.
“I’m sorry!” I shrink back as far away from the knife as possible. “I promise to never interfere with your business again! If you want, I can deliver your future babies, at no extra charge! Well, not yours, of course. Your wife’s.”
Shut up. Shut up, what are you saying?
He stares at me like I’ve just offered to pull a baby out of his behind, and I clarify quickly, “Yours and your wife’s. I’m an OB/GYN. I’ve just finished my residency, and I’m fully qualified.”
No effect on his you’re-a-crazy-lady look. I’m dead, all because of my big mouth.
“Listen to me! It was just a mistake, okay? I’ll never pretend to be bad-ass again, since it bothers you so much!”
He roars in laughter. And it’s not a haha-you’re-silly-but-cute kind, but the cackling of a man who has just stopped considering me as his one-minute of entertainment and began getting seriously annoyed. “You’re nuts,” he concludes.
No passing cars. The blinds on the building across the street are drawn. The chances of me making it across the street to the subway station before he smashes my head against the asphalt are slim to none. No escape. This is how many of those accidents shown on New York One Hot Minute happen: a nutty burglar and an even nuttier victim, although cuckoo in a different way, of course. What a terrible time to die. I was just starting to do my own deliveries, and now I’m not going to reap the rewards of the years of studying. I won’t be able to see mothers’ faces when they hold their babies for the very first time. I’ll just bleed to death and never—
The knife drops, sliding down my breast area and falling to the ground with a loud clank. A leathered-glove fist clasps around the man’s hand. My attacker’s body thumps against the asphalt, sent flying by the man in all black who throws a targeted blow at his opponent. The dark-clothed man is smaller in size, but he’s not wasting a single body movement. Every punch seems orchestrated, purposeful. His shoulder blades flex underneath his leather jacket. In a matter of seconds, the man on the ground stops fighting back and tries to cover his face. The man in black settles on top of the other man, squeezing his neck with his elbow.
Why am I sitting like a duck instead of helping my savior? The knife is lying on the ground next to me, and I should try to pass it to the good man, at the very least. He seems to know what he’s doing, with those precise punches…but what if this battle takes a wrong turn and someone gets seriously hurt, all because of me? They’re no longer wrestling, but the weapon might help the man keep the bad guy at bay until police arrives, right?
I pat him on his shoulder and offer him the knife.
He turns, and I meet the most striking blue eyes and the semi-moon of his curved lips. Dark scruff accentuates his powerful lower jaw with a tiny crater in the middle. And, holy crap, you know those cop shows where the heroes engage in fistfights and come out looking all put-together and tough, all without as much as breaking a sweat? Well, this man is panting a little, but apart from that and a little bit of sweat gathered on his forehead, I can’t tell he’s not on the set of that cable TV production with a few makeup artists who have just finished turning him into a swoon-worthy prime-time celebrity.
“You want me to kill him?” he asks.
“Oh, God, no! Don’t kill him!” He’s joking, right? He must be.
“You sure?” he whispers in a deep timbre that seems to shake some nerve endings in my body. Even his voice is out of this world, with a little bit of Clark Gable going on for him.
I drop the knife…away from both of them. “Please, let police deal with him.”
“I’ll never touch her again. She’s too bad-ass for me!” the thug interjects quickly.
“Bad-ass?” My white knight’s lips spread in a wider grin. A light twinkle plays in his eyes—a trace of humor on an otherwise rough canvas with a scar that runs down his left cheek all the way to his neck.
The screeching of police sirens sounds, and soon cops run toward us, their guns drawn.
“Freeze! Police!”
Some of them carry serious weapons, revolvers or whatever those long firearms are. Oh God. What if they make a mistake? I dash between the officers and the men on the ground. “Wait! Don’t shoot!”
“Ma’am, we need you to step back!”
“Don’t fire! Please don’t hurt the wrong man!”
“Ma’am, please!”
They hustle me out of the way as one of them pats my arm and informs me something about police never shooting those who aren’t fighting back. He may have said more, but at this moment the man in black gives me a small nod, and I stop paying full attention to the cops. My rescuer gets up and passes the bad man to the cops, all the while glancing at me sideways. He shows the cops his ID, and they exchange brief muted conversation, during which I’m able to gather that the woman with the baby called the cops and she will press charges. I reach into my purse to find my own identification just as I hear the officers say they won’t need my testimony.
In under a minute, the bad man is cuffed and hauled into the police car. Another hushed whisper between my protector and the cops, and they give me a friendly wave and walk away. “Have a good evening, ma’am. We trust you’ll get home safe.”
As soon as we’re alone, the man strolls toward me. It’s not a walk, mind you. It’s a swagger that’s only possible after you’ve just overpowered a huge bully without breaking a sweat. “I can’t believe you actually stepped in between me and their guns,” he says.
“They could’ve shot accidentally, and after you so bravely came to my rescue, that’s the least I could do. I mean, I didn’t think they would shoot a woman, so I’m not a hero by any means…not like you.”
“It was an extremely reckless move. Do you always jump head first into danger?”
“Oh, no.” Well, okay. I’ve just tried to meddle with a street thug’s business, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat if that meant protecting a mother and her baby. But I don’t do this sort of thing every day. Or ever. I’m just a doctor. I read books. Watch classic movies. I was thinking about picking up crochet, but I’ve been working late hours and could never make it to the weekly Embroidery Club. “You could say that was an idiosyncratic occurrence. I prefer to stay away from weapons of all sorts.”
“Good.” He smiles at me. “I’m Kai. Are you okay? You have a little bit of blood on your chin.” He leans down and examines a tiny scratch on my face. He smells like an expensive aftershave, much better than should be allowed after you’ve wrestled on the sidewalk. “My car is just around the corner. Let me drive you home. You shouldn’t be here alone this late at night.”
“Oh, you don’t want to drive me home. I live really far out in Jersey. I was about to take the subway to the bus station.”
“At this hour?”
“I’ve done this forever. It lets me catch up on my reading.”
“Not tonight. Come. I really don’t mind.” He offers me his hand.
Can I get into the car with a total stranger? What about the rules, the universal Do Not Do list your mom has taught you when you were little? But tonight he’s my hero, so if you think about it—what the heck. I deserve this one leniency.
I place my palm into his. Our skin touches. You know that tingly feeling when you brush against a man, and it’s all quiver and butterflies? I’ve never felt this before. Until now.
He places his other hand on the small of my back, directing me toward his car, and I follow. What’s more? I’ve already made up my mind. If he asks for my phone number, I’m going to give it to him.
Don’t judge. I’ve just narrowly escaped death.

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Tom and Louie_400x300Thomas (Tom) Juarez is a retired United States Army soldier with about twenty-one years of active federal service. Hailing from Wetumpka, Alabama, Tom currently enjoys his military retirement with his wife in Sterling, Oklahoma.

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Awakening Cocijo_406x600Title: Awakening Cocijo
Genre: Metaphysical Fiction

Chaotic skies reveal untold prophecies. A storm rises. Can a boy quell the fury of a god? Join the Zapotec on a journey through time and across generations.
Referring to themselves as the cloud people, their fierce warriors conquered and ruled the Oaxaca for centuries. Witness rites, rituals and incantations aimed at appeasing the divine in an attempt to gain favor; favor that would grant them greatness. So, where did it all go wrong? Why would such powerful gods allow their disciples to be conquered? These answers and more would be offered many centuries later by their descendants. Descendants of a civilization whose glory can only be revived by the awakening of the most powerful deity in Zapotec lore: Cocijo, the god of lightening and rain.

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What inspired you to write this book?
A lifelong dream of mine, and a need to escape my own realities. Where would we be without dreams?

What can we expect from you in the future?
I would like to write a second part of this book. I think anyone who completes reading the book (provided you like it), will want to know what’s next.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
I was a gunnery department instructor like Citalli … But no, I did not make Citalli like me; I wanted him to be something more.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Awakening Cocijo?
Citalli means star and is a feminine name, but I had to have that character to be named star…just something called to me. You’ll see in the book how I maneuvered into, and explained, the origin of Citalli’s name.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
I was gifted a book about how to write a book; what a great gift! I found developing the characters to be the most difficult part of the journey. Trying to figure out quirks and speech patterns for each of them. If you pay attention to those around you, or even to interviews on tv, we all tend to have repetitive words and phrases we covet. I wanted my characters to be mainly Hispanic, although I wanted Kara to be Native American. I wanted the American peoples native to this continent to be portrayed as children of the same god(s).

Where did you come up with the names in the story?
Some names I researched on the internet and some I came up with myself. When naming General Percival, I was searching for pretentious names, lol. Sorry General officers, nothing personal; he was a fictional character, I do not think General officers are pretentious. I just wanted something, I don’t know, different maybe.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
The escape! I quit worrying about the world around me and just pecked away.

Who designed your book covers?
Sue Campbell.

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned tons! Things that don’t occur to new writers like me. If you have an animal stalking and killing another animal … How would that act occur specific to hunter and prey? How did people live? What did they eat? How did they speak?

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Michael Pena.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?
My favorite part of the book was represented in Pecala’s dream world. I wanted to create a fantastic dream, have other gods revealed, and give a sneak peak into things that would come to pass.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I think I would choose Canneo because of his carefree nature.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Entirely from imagination except one … You can find that in the author’s notes.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
I feel as though my book is unique. Moreover, I feel as though the Zapotec people have been overlooked … They are still with us today. I hope to have some Zapotec people read the book and admire the story.

Have you written any other books that are not published?
Nope! This is it. Please let me know if I should continue.

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Moon flower.

What did you edit out of this book?
Originally, I was going to have Kara die in child birth, but I felt the need for a strong feminine character. I needed a character to have smarts and to be able to gently maneuver through my story using an influential style leadership.

Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?’- type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book.
I have a 3d printed replica of a funerary urn which represents Cocijo. I placed this urn next to my laptop for inspiration as I worked.

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