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Illicit Desire Blog Tour: Character Post + GIVEAWAY!

17 Sep


 Character Post—Raphael
Ah, Raphael. Here’s a character that had no qualms. From the second he stepped onto that first page, he was always crystal clear what he wanted. For a badass cartel lord, Raphael was very transparent—he was honest about his motivations and what he wanted. Raphael isn’t a guy who lets emotions push him—he was very proud of the fact that he didn’t make impulsive stupid moves.
It’s why Cora was such a shock to him. Because everything he did when came to her was impulsive and stupid. Motivated by emotions and desire more than what was good for his family and cartel.
That is what drives Raphael—for Cora it’s a need to be safe. For Raphael, it’s protecting the legacy he inherited from his grandfather. Getting involved with a woman with a past as checkered as Cora’s is a bad move, and he knows it.
But it doesn’t stop him. Because the other thing that is a defining characteristic is that Raphael when Raphael decides he wants something—nothing can or will change his mind about it.

Illicit Desire Synopsis:

Raphael is everything I should run away from…

CoraPageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00024] Milan came to Miami to get a fresh start, away from the memories and stigma that followed her and her brother at home. When she’s mugged, Raphael Ortiz rescues her. He’s sexy, successful, and dangerous—Miami’s most eligible bachelor and it’s most elusive. A cartel lord who lives on the wrong side of the law, with only a veneer of respectability. He is the exact opposite of a clean slate, and he makes no apologies for wanting her.

When Raphael forces his way into her life, Cora knows she should run. But the attraction between them is undeniable, and Raphael is a man accustomed to getting what he wants. The more she loses herself in him, the deeper she is drawn into Raphael’s criminal world.

But when her past, and his present collide, both of them will be left grasping for the only thing that can save them from the darkness around them—each other.

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Taylor Michaels Bio:

1525096_10151826862048342_1551981715_nTaylor Michaels is the pseudonym for Nazarea Andrews. Her books tend toward dark adult romance. She still likes chocolate and wine and book boys a little sexier than they should be. She can be found on Twitter and Facebook and loves hearing from readers. When not writing, she can most often be found playing taxi driver for her three daughters, hanging out with her husband at their small business, or burning dinner. She lives in Georgia.

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Courtney Cole’s GUARDIAN Excerpt Hop + GIVEAWAY! Excerpt 1

1 Sep


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“Grandma, I can’t put her on. She doesn’t know that I’m calling you. She’d be furious.”

Well, she would be if she could comprehend or care what I was talking about. And that’s doubtful.

I speak in a low conspiratorial tone, whispering as I glance around me. 

As much as I hope my mom will snap out of it, I hope that today is not the day. Well, at least not this morning, anyway. I don’t want her to catch me discussing her with my grandma- she really would kill me. Even though the probability is slim, I keep a watchful eye on the dining room door.  Ellie’s in her room getting dressed- so even she doesn’t know that I was calling. This is a completely covert operation.

“I don’t know what to do.” I can hear the helplessness in my own voice. I sound more like a little girl than the capable teenager that I am. That’s bad. I try again.

“I don’t know long it’s normal to act the way she is acting. She doesn’t want to shower, she barely eats, she barely sleeps. My counselor from school was asking all sorts of questions, and he suggested that someone should come stay here with us. I promise, Grandma, we don’t need someone to take care of us. Ellie and I are fine, but I am worried about mom. She doesn’t seem…. right. I don’t know what to do.  And I definitely don’t want someone to try and take us out of our home.”



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UARDIAN Synopsis:

Sometimes, things that go bump in the night are real.

My name is Whitney Lane. I’m sixteen years old and at first, I thought I was crazy.

I kept seeing shadows move along walls, and hearing whispers around corners, but whenever I looked, there was never anything there.

Until one day, there was.

Our world isn’t what we think. There are things around us, good things, bad things, scary things.

Things that we tell ourselves aren’t real, but they are.

They’re very real, and they’re terrifying.

I’ve been swept up now, in a battle of good and evil, confused about love and what is supposed to be love, but isn’t. I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t trust my emotions and I don’t know what is true.

There’s only one thing I know for sure.

Nothing is what it seems.


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Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.


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Courtney Cole’s UNTIL WE FLY Release Day Launch + GIVEAWAY!

7 Jul

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Courtney Cole’s UNTIL WE FLY!! UNTIL WE FLY is an amazing NA contemporary romance and the fourth novel in Courtney’s Beautifully Broken Series!!

Until We Fly



“You don’t want me here?” she asks breathily, her fingers curled around the counter edge. Her knuckles are white.

“I didn’t say that,” I answer quietly, still not moving. Because right now, with her soft curves pressed into me, I do want her here.

And unfortunately, my dick chooses this moment to agree with me.
It hardens against her and her eyes widen.

“I see,” she murmurs.
I rotate away, straightening up and leaning on my crutches once again.

“Sorry about that,” I tell her. “I hope I didn’t crush you.”

With my hard-on.


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UNTIL WE FLY Synopsis:

Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good.

A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. .

The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.

So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on.  And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore.

Bad sounds so much better.

Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again.  It’s not worth the pain.  Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof.

But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from.  A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain.  Reasons he tried hard to forget.

But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again.

Why?  Because home is where Nora Greene is.  A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past.  A beautiful, feisty thing.  When Brand left, she was away at boarding school.

But she’s back now.

And she wants Brand, scars and all.


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Praise for the Beautifully Broken Series:

“I loved If You Stay. Like, really really loved it. The kind of love that kept me reading until 2:40 am and left me crying, smiling, devastated, and elated. The best kind of book love.” – Andrea, The Bookish Babe

“Beautiful, raw, gritty, emotional and breath-taking are just a few of the words I can find to describe this book…reading this book was one of the best experiences I have had.” –Amanda, Globug and Hootie Need a Book

“In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole’s standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance.” — New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton

“Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over.” — K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths



Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.



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BRANDED (revamped!) Blog Tour Review + Teaser!

1 Jun





Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

“Shhh…” He grips me closer to his body and then softly whispers in my ear, “I’m about to kiss you, and once I start I won’t be able to stop. Just thought I should warn you.”

Holy bad boy! Is it hot in here or is it just me?

This is probably one of the most gripping books I have read in a long time. The storyline was fresh and interesting, the characters were strong and unique, the writing was smart and sizzling! It was the perfect combination of YA apocalypse and forbidden romance.

To recap, about 50 years ago the Commander came into power and changed the entire legal system. Now, it’s absolutely illegal to sin, and if you are a suspected sinner and are reported as one by any of your friends or neighbors, you get taken to The Hole. The Hole is a half-jail, half-community of sinners gone wild. There, the color of the brand around your neck defines who you are. The most dangerous brand to have would arguably be Lust – the brand our heroin has, even though she isn’t guilty of the crime she was accused of committing. If you are Lust, you are a slut meant to be… *ahem*. Those who ARE Lust don’t tend to survive very long in The Hole.

Enter Mr. Sexy Bodyguard (Cole) who dotes on all the Commander’s orders.

Now, when I say forbidden romance, I don’t mean the Romeo & Juliet gasp-cry-run-into-my-arms romance.  I mean that it is legit forbidden. Like, don’t even THINK about it. Don’t look at his muscles, don’t think about his muscles, don’t even breathe in the same room as his muscles. This is the kind of romance that is punishable – and in The Hole, the punishments are brutal. You’d wish you were dead.

“He takes my face into his hand, and reassures me. “So outside of these walls, we can’t stand each other.”

Yeah…. *sigh* Okay, okay, I’ll give you another one. This book is full of so many good quotes:

“I never planned on falling for you. You were just an assignment. But it just sort of happened and now… There’s not a single thing I would change about you. When you smile, my entire world stops. All I see is you. I need you.”

I, like, swooned every time Cole spoke. It was just perfect – forbidden romance, him fighting his feelings for her but having to risk his life to protect her; him seeing her beyond her sin as the person she really is, and just the hopelessness of the whole situation. There are also choices he has to make between the Commander and her. Obviously, you want him to choose her, but in this world, choosing her would be signing her death warrant, and then his own. So what should he do when she doesn’t care if she dies, as long as she’s with him? What should he do if it has become ingrained in him to protect her, no matter the cost?

What I absolutely loved about this story was that it wasn’t all centered around the romance. It was centered around the protagonist and her survival. This is an apocalyptic world full of rapes and gun fights and cruelty and anger. The Hole is full of people who are mad at the system and need to take control, whether it be taking it out at the guards, at the Commander, or on each other.

“To the outside, I’m filth now. I’ll never be allowed to return to the life I knew. No one ever does.”

There is no way out of The Hole. The brand around her neck ensures that there’s no way she could ever escape the judgement or the cruelty associated with her sin. Everyone’s fear of the Commander and of sinning would keep her in line. Friends turn on friends. Family would throw you under the bus to save their own skin. Nobody is safe.

There is just a whole world outside of the romance that will have you flipping pages and pages as fast as you can – even if you are a total romance-junky like I am. And I think that that is one of the best things about this book – that it doesn’t need a romance to keep you entertained. You honestly want to know what happens next, and the bonus is the steamy romance.

I absolutely recommend this book to EVERYONE. It’s action packed and awesome and gritty and dark and steamy and everything you want in a good YA dystopian. Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will love the uniqueness of it!

5 stars!


Count the Cast Blast! Cast Character Reveal Cards for Make It Count!

27 May

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Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new college math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends–both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

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Series info: Bowler University Series #1

Category/Genre: New Adult Romance

Publisher: William Morrow Impulse/HarperCollins

Release Date: June 3

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Danica Owens

The Chameleon

“Monica says my idea of romance is ‘Take off your shirt.’”



Camilo “Cam” Ruiz

The Player

“We’re in college. We have hot girls in tight jeans and cleavage-baring shirts at our fingertips. Don’t tie yourself down.”




Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’3” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators, and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.


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White Hot Kiss Release Day Launch (+ Giveaway)!

25 Feb

We are beyond excited to participate in the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s WHITE HOT KISS! WHITE HOT KISS is a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen TODAY! This is the first full-length novel in The Dark Elements Series and one you’ll want to grab as soon as you finish reading this post.

White Hot Kiss


One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.


“I don’t think of Zayne that way!”

She laughed. “What man-parts-loving female in this world doesn’t think of Zayne that

way? I can barely keep myself breathing when I see him. All the guys in school have squishy

waists. I can tell Zayne doesn’t. He’s the awesome sauce with extra sauce.”

That he was and he so didn’t have a squishy waist, but I tuned Stacey out at that point. I

really did need to cram for this test and I also didn’t want my fantasies involving Zayne to

occupy my mind right now. Especially after I’d woken up this morning, carefully tucked under

the covers. The bed had smelled like him: sandalwood and crisp linen.

“Oh, sweet baby Jesus in a manger,” Stacey murmured.

I clenched my jaw, cupping my hands over my ears.

She jabbed me in the side with her elbow. At this rate I’d be covered in bruises before

lunchtime. “Our bio class just got a billion times more interesting. And hotter, lots and lots

hotter. Holy mother, I want to have his babies. Not now of course, but definitely later. But I’d

like to start practicing soon.”

The cell wall is a thick and rigid layer covering the plasma something, something plant


Stacey stiffened all of a sudden. “Oh my God, he’s coming—”

Composed of fat and sugar—

Something slender and shiny fell from who knew where, landing in the middle of Sam’s

notes. Blinking tightly, it took me a couple of seconds to recognize the faded and half peeled

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sticker covering the back of the silver cell phone.

My heart slammed against my ribs. Gripping the edges of the notebook, I slowly lifted

my gaze. Unnaturally beautiful golden eyes met mine.

“You forgot this last night.”


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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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