Blog Tour: Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank

Tick, tick, tock.

Time.

That’s all I have now.

A small room, a photograph, and time.

They want me to trust them and confess my sins.

They told me they wouldn’t judge me—they lied.

I thought we could convince the world that this wasn’t a crime.

We were wrong.

Time doesn’t stand still.

The clock keeps ticking, the world is unconvinced, and now…

Now he is gone.

Janna’s Review

Addison’s character was determined and broken at the same time. She knew what she wanted, even though it wasn’t necessarily the right thing to do but went for it anyways. There is so much more to her than meets the eye. People judged, blamed and tormented her. She has suffered pain and loss, but at the same time has done what she has needed to survive. She is a survivor of life and some of the worst possible life events that never should be suffered. Innocence destroyed as quickly as a clock can go tick, tick, tock.

Her savior, the one person who helps make the pain go away is the one person she shouldn’t be determined to be with. He knows what is at stake if he touches her, he knows his freedom can be taken away, but he is just as drawn to her as she is him. He fights it, he tries to keep his distance, but when the person he shouldn’t want is the one who he needs, what can one do when it’s too late and the fight is lost? He is going through his own personal events and is at odds with himself over what he has allowed to begin. When he needs her comfort, she makes his demons go away.

When I first started Veiled Innocence I wasn’t sure what I was going to expect. I knew this story was going to be dark, involve a relationship that is forbidden, possibly cross lines that shouldn’t be crossed, and would have my emotions in such a roller coaster ride that motion sickness medicines were almost needed. The angst alone had my entire body tense and nervous. What I didn’t know was that from the start I would be drawn into this story from the absolute start and would not be able to stop reading until I knew everything. I loved the forbidden, the fight to not be tempted. It was sexual, holy hell some of the sex was hot. At one point I was looking around for my husband it was so hot. I loved how Cupid and Psyche plays such a role in this story, as they are one of my favorite stories from Greek Mythology. I honestly wish that it was even longer just to see more of their relationship unfold. I loved Ms. Frank’s book since the first one I read and Veiled Innocence has cemented my love for her and her books even further. This needs to be on your must read now list.

Amanda’s Review:

What I really like about this forbidden teacher/student romance was that it had a different spin. You get past and present events along with dual POV’s which is something I really like to read. I like to get into the mind frames of the characters. I want to feel their emotions so I can connect better with them. The student character Addison has problems and the teacher character Mr. McKendrick is dealing with problems. Their both unexpected to each other. Mr. McKendrick is a healer to Addison while Addison is an awakening to him. He knows it’s wrong to feel that sexual attraction to her yet it’s inevitable to deny their chemistry. Did I find it creepy? No. Was I bothered by the age difference? Again, no. When it’s there it’s just there. I will say that this teacher is verra verra naughty and I loved it.

Ella Frank is a go to author. She never disappoints me and I find her work on the side of brilliance.



Excerpt:
I’d waited until he got out of the truck before approaching. I didn’t want his escape to be as easy as driving away. Standing in the small stone alcove of the gate, I knew it would be best to wait until he stepped away from the lit area. That way, any cars driving by wouldn’t be able to see us.
I wanted no excuses, no reason for him to worry, but I could see my silence had caused just as much concern as my presence would have. He turned to me, and I finally took a moment to really look at him the way I wanted to.
His hair was still pulled back but several pieces had now escaped and been pushed behind his ears. The darker stubble lining his square jaw made my fingers tingle with the need to touch.
“Oh, thank God,” he whispered, sounding relieved.
I thought he would move away from me once he knew I was safe. Instead, he reached out and squeezed my shoulder.
“I thought something had happened to you.”
I don’t think he realized that he was slowly massaging me.
“Jesus, don’t do that again. Okay?”
Taking another step closer, I agreed quietly. “Okay.”
He licked his lips and removed his hands, and I saw in his eyes the minute he decided it was time for some distance.
“What are you doing out here?” he asked. His casual black sports jacket shifted with the breeze, and all of a sudden I couldn’t remember why I was there. All I knew was that I wanted to touch him.
“Addison?”
His voice had the ability to make all of the noise inside my head cease.
Blinking up at him, I finally answered, “Yes?”
“What are you doing out here?”
Moving in so my jacket brushed the front of his, I finally reached to touch him, but he grabbed my wrist, holding it away.
“No,” he told me, and his voice was so stern I probably should have heeded the warning…but I didn’t.
“No?”
His head bent down, and when his face was a hairsbreadth from my own, he repeated, “No. Tell me why you’re here.”
His breath was warm as it ghosted over my lips, and I couldn’t help but part my own, hoping by some miracle I could taste him on my tongue.
“Why are you here? That’s a better question, don’t you think?”
“I know better than this.”
I reached up needing to touch him, but he took that hand too, holding them both prisoner. Being held in place with nowhere to go elicited a hunger in me that I didn’t yet understand. “Know better than what?”
“Than to be here.”
“Then go,” I offered.
That was all it took. He spun me around, backed me up against the truck, and had my arms pinned by my head so fast I lost my breath. Leaning in beside me until his mouth was by my ear, he rasped in an unsteady voice, “I can’t.”
I turned my head to face him and saw all of his turmoil, and finally, the full impact of his desire. “Then don’t.”
“You’re going to be the death of me.”
Life is full of ironies, because with him, I’d never felt more alive.

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Blog Tour & Review: Deep Down By Elle Aycart

Mike Haddican is a really great guy who is from a small town, runs his family’s gym and is a well-known Karate instructor.  He is one sexy man, tattooed and pierced he can have any woman he wants, and has in the past, especially after the girl he loved broke his heart seven years prior. Kyra was everything he wanted, he loved her more than anything but when the choice came for her to choose between him and the career she always wanted, she chose her dance career.
Kyra Brims was a successful dancer, she had made it and was well known, she has a beautiful daughter and a failed marriage.  Returning to her home town wasn’t what she ever wanted to do but she has no choice now.  Knowing that Mike was still there, hated her, and had numerous women since they broke up made it even worse. 
Things aren’t always what they seem.  What Mike and Kyra don’t know are that things that happened shortly after she left weren’t what she thought, and Mike had no idea what hell Kyra had gone through, but when her daughter Sam weaseled her way into his heart at the same time he was spending time with Kyra again, they had no idea what would lie ahead of them.  Add to that the OGs meddling into their business and these two didn’t stand the chance.  Oh and the OGs stand for Original Grandmas and trust me when I say these OGs aren’t sitting in their rocking chairs knitting scarves.  Nope the shenanigans they pull are hilarious.
Mike, holy alpha on a stick, he was a major asshole at times, but at the same time he was really a great guy.  His heart had been broken by Kyra, then stomped on when she finally did return only with a newborn baby and a husband to boot.  He made his contempt of her well know, that is until Sam, Kyra’s daughter with her asshole ex-husband, worked her way into his life and heart. 
Kyra knew when she left Mike it would break her, and it did.  The only thing she wasn’t prepared for was to be more broken when she returned after she left to see that he moved on to someone new.  She wasn’t happy, she ended up with an asshole who could win asshole of the year awards.  The only good thing was her daughter Sam.  Kyra had demons, ones she left with and ones she returned with along with new ones.
At times I would get so pissed off at both of them.  You could tell these two were the other halves to each’s hearts.  Talk about a stubborn alpha male and a hard headed stubborn woman and these two could make a nun lose patience.  But, once guards go down, hearts open back up a little at a time, and add to that some extremely hot sex scenes, and you wanted these two together like now now now.  Add to that the hilarious OGs and this book really won me over even when at times I wasn’t sure it would.

Deep Down is a book about first loves find second chances, hearts healing, alpha’s protecting what’s theirs and a trio of grandmas who get in more trouble than me and my friends on a night out.  I hope that Ms. Aycart has the next book in this series out soon because even if it is just for the text messages gone horribly wrong due to autocorrect (and while I won’t name names one of our very own reviewers has this issue a lot lol, love you girl!) I really want to read more.  This had me laughing, smiling and believing that love can last even after being separated for years.

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Cover Reveal: Embrace the Moment by Andrea Michelle


Torn apart by a tragedy, pushed together by fate. Nothing is coincidence.

Riley and Josh have been through it all together, first as best friends and now as a couple.

Faced with a decision that will test their relationship, these two learn to fight harder than ever before to keep their hearts intact. Once the decision is made, there is no going back. With the past creeping into their present, and miles between them, they learn nothing is easy. Every moment matters.

Can Riley and Josh survive the first year of college apart? Will their love remain strong enough to embrace every moment that belongs to them? Or will someone from the past interfere, take what he wants and ruin them forever?

“For each star in the sky, I have a reason why I love you. When you look up at night, never forget this truth.” ~Josh Parker

Warning: Not recommended for anyone under the age of 17 due to underage drinking, sexual content and adult language.

***This is book two in a series and is not a standalone.***

Andrea Michelle was born and raised in Louisiana. She spent years in Tennessee, and in Texas, and has made it full circle back to the boot she loves so much. She currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a mother to three beautiful daughters, and married her best friend at the young age of nineteen. She is a Coming­of­age, YA/NA Romance author with a debut, Escape the Doubt, available now. She is a dreamer, a true Gemini at heart and has a fascination with love stories. She finds inspirations in all things (friends beware) and loves poetry and music. Her writing journey began as a young teen where she used to escape into a world of fiction and poetry just to cope with emotions she didn’t understand. Shhh… she has a secret. > She wasn’t an avid reader until her adult years. Once she realized she loved this escape, her addiction to the one clicker became an obsession that cannot be tamed. It’s an issue… she is a one­click­aholic and has no intention of kicking this habit. She is not genre specific as a reader and will read anything and everything. She will not be genre specific as a writer, either. So expect to see her outside the box, too. She is excited yet nervous to share her passion with you, but looks forward to the journey ahead. She loves to hear from her readers and encourages those connections. Links below so you can friend her, like her, follow and support her.

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Blog Tour: I Won’t Give Up On You by FL Jacob




I Won’t Give Up on You

FL Jacob

(Book 2, Black Hollywood Duology)

Genre: Erotic Suspense

Release: APRIL 16, 2014

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Sabrina’s dreams are slipping away in the wake of the shooting. She’s lost trying to cope with the new reality of her life. Can Caston help her see that the scars on the outside haven’t changed who she is on the inside?

 

Caston’s true past comes to light, bringing his present crashing down around him. In a life full of betrayal, how will Caston cope when the truth is revealed? Can Sabrina be the constant Caston needs to help him make the life changing decisions he needs to in order to move on?

 

When the web of lies is torn apart, who will be left standing? Will the right person take the fall?
Follow Caston and Sabrina through the aftermath and find out what happens when they each vow I Won’t Give Up on You.
 *PLEASE NOTE* This book is for 18 years and older. This book contains sexual encounters and graphic language that some readers may find objectionable. Contains graphic material that is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.


I am a mommy of two, wife to an amazing man, and full time employee. Life is crazy and busy!  I started writing again for a group of women I met last year. They brought back the passion for writing I haven’t seen since high school. Starting this process was tedious and nerve-wracking, but my amazing ladies and my fabulous husband have inspired me to take my love for writing to the next step.




 

The palms of my hands are starting to sweat.  I start wringing them in front of me.  Beth reaches out and grabs them.  “No fidgeting.  You’re beautiful, you have a wonderful guy, you are one lucky bitch, do you know that?” 

I squeeze her hands and pull her to me and wrap her in a big hug.  Sara stops in the doorway, giving us a minute, but I wave her over.  She has helped me get to this perfect moment too.  The smile that spreads on her face makes me so happy.  She joins in on the embrace. 

“Thank you, girls.  Really, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you two.”

We all part, and Sara slides the veil into my hair.  Beth dabs her eyes.  “Are you ready?” she asks me.

I take a deep breath.  “I think so,” I whisper.

Sara smiles.  “Turn around, honey.  You’re so beautiful.” 

Taking another deep breath, I turn slowly.  My breath catches as I see myself for the first time and tears start falling. 

“Wow.”

Beth and Sara nod behind me. 

Standing before me is a grown women, ready to embark on the most terrifying, most amazing journey of her life.  I can’t help but think that my mom should be with me right now helping me get dressed and my dad should be standing in the corner waiting for his little girl.

 
Book 1 Information:
Have I Told You
FL Jacob
(Book 1, Black Hollywood Duology)
Genre: Erotic Suspense
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I Won’t Give Up on You

FL Jacob
(Book 2, Black Hollywood Duology)
Genre: Erotic Suspense
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Cover Reveal: War Of The Romances By Tara Sivec & C.C. Wood

She’s finally doing what she loves; he’s doing what sells.
She thinks he’s a jerk; he thinks she’s a tease.
They have one month and twenty chapters to prove each other wrong.
One contest.
Two writers.
Who will win a literary battle of the sexes?
He said/she said has never been this devious.
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Connect with the authors
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series, the Chocolate Lovers series, the Chocoholics series, the Fool Me Once series and Watch Over Me. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.
Tara Sivec
A native Texan, C.C. grew up either reading or playing the piano. Years later, she’s still not grown up and doing the same things. Since the voices in her head never shut up, C.C. decided to try and profit from their crazy stories and started writing books.
Now that she has a baby girl at home, C.C.’s non-writing time is usually spent cleaning up poopy diapers or feeding the poop machine. Sometimes she teaches piano, cooks, or spends time bugging her hubby and two beagles.
C.C. Wood

Cover Reveal: SOME LIKE IT HOT Anthology

Five novellas of hot, sexy love in one limited edition anthology, brought to you by five of today’s hottest bestselling Erotic Romance authors.
This special edition anthology will be available for a limited time
once it releases on May 20th!

From the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Olivia Cunning
One Starry Night
In high school, Jake was the bad boy who made Michelle burn with desire, took what he wanted from her body, and broke her heart. In hindsight, Michelle never should have gotten tangled up with the aspiring guitarist in the first place. In high school, Devlin was a sweet, shy geek who’d had a crush on her, but when he’d found the courage to ask her to Prom, she’d turned him down flat. In hindsight, she should have worried more about the quality of the boy than her reputation with the popular crowd. But this isn’t high school anymore. At her ten year class reunion, Michelle finds her once popular crowd lacking, but finds both the man who broke her heart and the one she once rejected irresistibly sexy. She wants them. Both of them. And they want her any way—every way—they can have her. Can she resist either man? Does she even want to try?
New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards is heating things up with… 
Boots Optional
A sexy new ménage novella which is the first book in a hot new series called Dead Heat Ranch. Grace Lambert is familiar with hard work, long days, and handsome cowboys. She’s been working for her family’s dude ranch since she was old enough to ride a horse and she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. What she is afraid of is the heat that’s been generating between her and not one, but two sexy cowboys who’ve set their sights on her. And each other. Grant Kingsley and Lane Miller have both had their eyes on Gracie for years, but the feisty cowgirl has managed to keep them at bay. As far as they are concerned, cowboys don’t give up, and neither of them is ready to give up just yet. Not on her and not on the heat that transpires between the two of them. Find out what happens when the sultry Texas nights get as hot as the fierce Texas days.
New York Times bestselling author Cherrie Lynn gets it hot in here with… SHAMELESS
It’s a vacation Meredith Taylor will never forget. A sunny beach, good friends and good times. But when she overhears a couple having a passionate interlude on the balcony above her one night, she can’t get the man’s sultry voice out of her mind. Especially when she figures out exactly who that man is… 
Cameron Moore always had an eye on his best friend’s little sister but considered her strictly off limits, choosing to satisfy his lust elsewhere. Now Meri seems to want to annihilate every wall Cam’s put up against her. The beach is hot, the drinks are cold, Meredith is irresistible, and something has to give. Will it only be the walls between them, or their hearts as well?

New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Probybrings you…
PLAYING WITH FIRE
A ménage novella. Bailey Whitworth is a charity event organizer and a woman exploring her sexuality. Kevin Welling and Gray McDermitt are firefighters and best friends who share everything. Bailey always knew her sexual appetites were “different”, but she had no idea that she could fall in love with two men at once. What will she do when she has to choose between them? Or will she have to choose at all?

From USA Today bestselling author, Lainey Reese comes…
Guarding Nadia
When Nadia Dixon walked into the offices of CJ Investigations, the last thing she expected to find were men who looked more like GQ models than bodyguards.  It was desperation that brought her to their door however and she prayed that the two sex gods were more than just pretty faces.
Caleb and Jonas had started their security firm together after leaving the Secret Service.  They had the lethal skill and training to safeguard anyone, including the gorgeous erotic author.  Considering her stunning beauty, alluring sensuality and decadent profession, the only wonder was that she had drawn out just one obsessed fan.  After hearing Nadia’s story and seeing for themselves the threat that she was under, they knew they could keep her safe from any stalker.
Their only worry…who was going to keep her safe from them?   

  

About The Authors:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Olivia Cunning
Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, USA Today Best-Selling Author Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians.

Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She’s been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction — first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own.

Olivia’s first book in her Sinner’s Tour Series, Backstage Pass, was published in 2010 by Sourcebooks. Book two in the series, Rock Hard, was published in 2011 and the third book, Double Time just released November 2012. The last two books in the series are expected to be out in 2013. Aside from the Sinners Tour that launched her career, Olivia has been hard at work on a few other series and stand alones . . . of course with the music turned up.

New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards
Nicole lives in Texas with her husband, three kids and four dogs. It’s quite the household and most of the time you’ll find her locked away in her office – dubbed the writing cave. When she’s not there, you’ll probably find her reading or hanging out with the dogs and kids, doing her best to keep them in line. And no, for the record, it doesn’t usually work.
New York Times bestselling author Cherrie Lynn
Cherrie has been a CPS caseworker and a juvenile probation officer, but now that she has come to her senses, she writes contemporary and paranormal romance on the steamy side. It’s *much* more fun. She’s also an unabashed rock music enthusiast, and loves letting her passion for romance and metal collide on the page.
When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, listening to music or playing with her favorite gadget of the moment. She’s also fond of hitting the road with her husband to catch their favorite bands live.
Cherrie lives in East Texas with said husband and their two kids, all of whom are the source of much merriment, mischief and mayhem. You can visit her at http://www.cherrielynn.com or at the various social networking sites. She loves hearing from readers!
New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Proby
KRISTEN PROBY is the USA Today bestselling author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at KristenProby.com.
USA Today bestselling author Lainey Reese
Lainey lives in lovely Lake Stevens, Washington.  She is the author of the sizzling New York series, including the USA Today best seller Innocence Defied.  Lainey’s first novel, A Table for Three, was nominated for best debut novel of 2010 by the Romance Review and the fun hasn’t stopped since the minute that book hit the shelves.  Most days when Lainey isn’t tucked in front of her computer she can be found out exploring the beautiful Pacific North West with her daughter and their two beloved pups.  For more on Lainey and the books available, you can visit her website @ www.laineyreese.com

Houston Author Event Interview & Giveaways: Day 10 Spotlight on Rebecca Shea


I was given the incredible opportunity to sit down and have some one-on-one face time with the attending authors at the recent Houston event. It was a blast! I got to pick their brains for five minutes each. Thanks to all of you who submitted questions, I was armed and prepared. ~Nadine 
We’ll be featuring a different author and their interview here for the next several days. Make sure you scroll to the bottom and enter the AMAZING Rafflecopter for your chance to win a SIGNED paperback from each attending author and keep scrolling for another chance to win various swag from the event. If you submitted a question on either My Secret Romance’s Facebook page or Oh Whimsical Me’s Facebook page, you get extra entry points.
Today’s spotlight is Rebecca Shea! You asked the questions, she answered them. Enjoy!
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always been a writer. I just never sat down and took the time to do it. I’ve always had the stories in my head, I just never really took the time to sit down and really fulfill the actual story put it pen to paper or sit down with the laptop to do it. So, I finally did that in I guess starting in 2012 is when I kind of really started working on the story. It took me a good eight months to get it out and where I was comfortable enough to say okay I’m going to send this out to beta readers and send it out to an editor. So, it took me a while, but it was just taking that time for myself to take that story and let it out of my head.
What are you planning to do next?
I am still working on two different stories. The third and final book in the Unbreakable series, which is titled Unforgiven, that will close out this series. Then I’m working on a standalone romantic suspense called Evil Lives Here. That one right now is kind of my favorite story. It’s just very different that the contemporary romance that I’ve been writing. It’s still contemporary romance, but it’s a little darker, a little more suspense to it. I read multiple genres. I fluctuate between romance and mystery thriller. I love Mary Higgins Clark. I love Patricia Cornwell. So, I’m kind of taking some of those little things I’ve read in their work, just that, that suspense background and working it into the romance, contemporary romance novel.
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If you could turn one of your books into a TV series or a movie, which one would you choose?
Oh my gosh! I think it would be Unbreakable. I think that there is just a lot happening in that story. There’s a lot of characters. There’s a lot of depth in that story that eventually carries on to Undone, but you get so much background in Unbreakable. I think that would be the one I’d make into a movie. It’s funny too cause those are the ones that I found real life actors to envision as my characters.
Who’s your dream cast?
For Gabe Garcia is was Jay Hernandez from the Friday Night Lights T.V. series. Jessica Harper, Jess, I really envisioned Emma Roberts; the dark haired Emma Roberts as her. Just kind of that young, very innocent sweet face. And Landon was always

Stephen Amell from the Arrow series. He’s just got that very sexy, rugged look about him. Kind of that all American, even though he’s Canadian, that all American, kind of that sandy blonde hair, the blue eyes but very mysterious kind of look to his face too which is just totally my Landon. So, that would have been my dream cast.

What inspired your characters?
I don’t even know. It was just like I said, it was a story that I had in my head and I just you know just wrote it.
What is the time frame from start to finish for your first book?
My first book, I started writing it in December of 2012 and I published it in July. It was technically done in June, but I waited. For me I just wanted to take my time with it. So, it was I guess about eight months total for my first book. Which everybody tells me is not a bad timeframe cause some people work for years on a book.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
Well, I’m not always a writer. I actually work full-time in the financial services industry. I’m a Marketing Manager for a bank. I love my job. It keeps me busy. I love my co-workers. I never to intend to quit just to write. I love writing to write. I love writing stories. I guess it’s a hobby of mine. But, if I ever became dependent on it to pay my bills or put food on the table for my family I feel like I would lose the love for it because now it’s the pressure.
Who do you fangirl over?
Oh my gosh, Rebecca Donovan. She was like my…I just…I just get nervous. I took a picture with her today and I was like ahhhh. I love her and she’s so sweet. I really respect her and what she’s done with her business. I just I adore her.
Well that’s it folks! Ten authors. One fun event. I thank all the authors for their time and you for stopping by and reading their interviews. Check out more about Rebecca Shea below.
About Rebecca
Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreakable and Undone. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and her beagle, Miles. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working full-time and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.
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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Seduced By The Game Anthology

It’s time to drop the gloves and fight! Support the Fight against cancer that is.  This anthology of 8 brand new novellas is hot enough to melt the ice these players skate on. Featuring stories from popular New York Times & USA Today, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble bestselling authors, including Toni Aleo, Cassandra Carr, Cindy Carr, Jami Davenport, Catherine Gayle, Jaymee Jacobs, V.L. Locey, Bianca Sommerland, and Nikki Worrell.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author – Toni Aleo TANGLED IN THE LACES
In Tangled in the Laces, Karson King is on the fast track to the pros and Lacey Martin is coming back from a hard fight against cancer and is terrified of him but their love is too much to ignore. Will Karson prove that he will protect her heart at all costs, or will he leave Lacey to pick up the pieces of her life once again?
Cassandra Carr and Cindy Carr HOOKING HANNAH
When Hannah attends an all-star game, she doesn’t expect a hockey player of all people to turn her world upside down. Her sister is married to a player and Hannah never wanted that life. But Scott could change everything. For Scott’s part, he has to know the woman who stirred his blood with just a look, and once he does, he realizes he wants Hannah to be his forever. Now to convince her…
Jami Davenport CRASHING THE BOARDS (Seattle Sockeyes 1.5)
Professional party crasher, Izzy Maxwell, needs the cooperation of reluctant party guest Cooper Black, the team captain of Seattle’s new hockey team, but Cooper can’t get past his anger over the team’s relocation to Seattle. Can Izzy melt Cooper’s frozen heart or will this party crash along with her fledgling business?
Catherine Gayle TAKING A SHOT (Portland Storm 2.5)
Katie Weber has had a crush on Jamie Babcock for almost two years, since he joined her father’s hockey team, the Portland Storm as an eighteen-year-old rookie. When cancer takes her health, her hair, and even her friends, she can’t bear to go to senior prom…until Jamie intervenes. 
Jaymee Jacobs A VALUABLE TRADE 
Bryan’s life gets turned upside down when he gets traded to the Dallas Comets, and things get even messier when he meets Georgiana, the Director of Team Services. He’s got a lot of work to do to prove his worth to his new team, but Georgiana’s sure he’ll prove to be a valuable trade.
V.L. Locey HEIR APPARENT
Superstar Cam Evans is fighting to climb out of a slump that`s growing worse with each day of living in denial. Fresh from the minors, Jacobi Neal is hungry for this chance to play back-up for the legendary goalie. Can two men battle each other, their inner demons, and the sizzling attraction building between them?
Bianca Sommerland BLIND PASS (The Dartmouth Cobras 0.5)
Nothing could stop Tim Rowe, the assistant coach of the Dartmouth Cobras, from falling in love with Madeline, but love alone can’t satisfy every need. Sometimes, to reach the goal, you have to take the chance with a . . . Blind Pass.
Nikki Worrell – CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN (Prequel to Scorpions Series)
Keith Lambert is the captain of the Flyers—until he’s not. To everyone’s shock, he’s traded to the San Diego Scorpions. As if that’s not bad enough, Phoebe, his girlfriend of two years, decides she doesn’t love him enough to follow.
All alone in a new town, Keith is drawn to Kelly, his take out delivery girl. When she shows up at ice girl tryouts, he’s lost. She’s all he can see. Can he convince her to forget her past and take a chance on him or is he destined to be alone in a new town a little bit longer?

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Excerpt:
Tangled in the Laces by Toni Aleo
 When the song ended, Karson stopped moving and slowly lifted his hands up to frame her face, his eyes searching hers. Softly, he said, “I can’t sing for shit, but I will pay to have someone sing to you. I don’t dance well, but I’ll do it just for the chance to touch you. I’m not one to listen to guys sing to find the perfect song for a girl, but I did for you. Most of all, I don’t usually pour my heart out to a person in front of a full coffee shop because I’m not that much of a romantic, but for you, I’d do it all. I’d do anything to be with you, and I’ve waited for someone like you my whole life. It’s true, all of it, and I would be the luckiest man in the world if you’d agree to go out on a date with me. Please give me the chance to make you fall for me, like I have been falling since the first moment I set eyes on you.”

Never in her life had she had someone so ruthlessly come after her. Her heart pounded in her chest as he held her gaze. His eyes pleaded with her, begging for that chance. She wanted to scream yes and never let go of him, but there was a part of her that had her frozen with fear. “I’m terrified of you, Karson. You don’t know what you are getting into. I’m just now picking up the pieces of my life. I can’t redo it all when you run for the hills.”

“I’m not going anywhere, Lacey. I’m here. I’m yours. Just give me the chance.”

Biting into the inside of her cheek so hard it hurt, she closed her eyes as she leaned her forehead against his lips, taking in a deep breath. She was given a second chance at life to live it, not to hide. She had to live her life to the fullest, and a part of her knew that she wouldn’t be living if Karson weren’t a part of her life. Yes, she was terrified, and yes, there was a chance that he would completely break her, but she couldn’t help but try. She didn’t care how crazy it was. She felt the same thing he did. So she slowly nodded, as she looked back up into the caramel eyes she craved to look into daily.

A grin came over his lips, and she returned it before whispering, “Yes.”



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Houston Author Event Interview & Giveaways: Day 9 Spotlight on Erin Noelle


I was given the incredible opportunity to sit down and have some one-on-one face time with the attending authors at the recent Houston event. It was a blast! I got to pick their brains for five minutes each. Thanks to all of you who submitted questions, I was armed and prepared. ~Nadine 
We’ll be featuring a different author and their interview here for the next several days. Make sure you scroll to the bottom and enter the AMAZING Rafflecopter for your chance to win a SIGNED paperback from each attending author and keep scrolling for another chance to win various swag from the event. If you submitted a question on either My Secret Romance’s Facebook page or Oh Whimsical Me’s Facebook page, you get extra entry points.
Today’s spotlight is Erin Noelle! You asked the questions, she answered them. Enjoy!

What inspired you to start writing?
Reading. I’m just, I’ve always been a huge reader. My first book, Metamorphosis, is about two girls who, they’re huge readers, and they go out to try to find their book boyfriend in real life. That was like the premise of the book. I just kind of wrote it for fun. I was in a book club and kind of wrote it for my book club people and they were like ‘hey you should publish this’ so I did and that’s where it went.
What are you planning to do next?
I’m writing two books right now. I’m actually writing the fourth book to the Book Boyfriends series, which is a novella called Timeless. It takes place at the end of Euphoria but before the epilogue in Euphoria. There’s a six year span between the end of Euphoriaand the epilogue, so I’m covering those six years in a novella. I’m also writing a follow up novel to When the Sun Goes Down. It’s called As the Dawn Breaks. It’s a spin-off. This is a standalone (When the Sun Goes Down) it has an end, but it is open for a continuation of one of the character’s story, so I’m working on that now.
Add Timeless to your Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21879674-timeless
 
If you could turn one of your books into a TV series or a movie, which one would you choose?
When the Sun Goes Down. Yeah, I love that book. It’s my latest that I put out and I love the story to it. It’s really different from most anything that people have read. It’s told from the two points of view from two females instead of a male and female. They are polar opposites. Trina is a very shy, elementary school music teacher. She has no social life whatsoever. She’s not interested in being a part of any social life, not making friends. She wants to go to work, go home and that be it. Kat, she witnessed her dad kill her mom when she was fourteen and from that point on she’s had this plan of revenge that she works towards and she’s just a man hater. She actually goes out at night and seduces men and then basically lives them tied up in hotel rooms or whatever. She likes to belittle men and she’s kind of a dominatrix. Without giving the story away, it’s about what happens when their lives collide.

What inspired your characters?
With Meta (Metamorphosis) the main characters are college students. When I was reading, I was just reading a lot of New Adult when New Adult really became big in 2012. I actually mention a lot of other books in there and talk about actual characters in other books. So, they were really inspired just by the whole New Adult genre, what I was reading.
What inspired this one (When the Sun Goes Down) cause this is just the complete opposite?
Actually, okay my husband always tries to give me book ideas and most the things he comes up with are just ridiculous. But, God love him, he said ‘hey what if you wrote this book about these two like polar opposite females and make their’, so he came up with this character and once it got in my head the whole story just started playing out in my head. And whereas this series I had no idea what was going to happen until I wrote it. Honestly, it was like if I had a bad day, my characters had a bad day. If I had a good day, it was a happy life for my characters. I made it up as I went along.
What is the time frame from start to finish for your first book?
Three months is how long it took me to write my first one. I stopped reading. I was still working when I wrote it. I just stopped reading at night. I use to spend, from when my kids went to bed, like 9:30/10 until about 12/12:30 reading. So I stopped reading and just wrote during that time instead. I started in October of 2012 and I published it in January of 2013.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
I did work in bookkeeping or accounting. I can really do anything. Hmm…that’s tough. Probably a Beta reader. Can I get paid to read books?
The chimes! The chimes were dinging signaling my time was up once again.
About Erin
Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child. A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels.
Most nights you can find her cuddled up in bed with her husband, her Kindle in hand and a sporting event of some sorts on television.
Connect with Erin Noelle: Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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Houston Author Event Interview & Giveaways: Day 8 Spotlight on Carey Heywood


I was given the incredible opportunity to sit down and have some one-on-one face time with the attending authors at the recent Houston event. It was a blast! I got to pick their brains for five minutes each. Thanks to all of you who submitted questions, I was armed and prepared. ~Nadine 
We’ll be featuring a different author and their interview here for the next several days. Make sure you scroll to the bottom and enter the AMAZING Rafflecopter for your chance to win a SIGNED paperback from each attending author and keep scrolling for another chance to win various swag from the event. If you submitted a question on either My Secret Romance’s Facebook page or Oh Whimsical Me’s Facebook page, you get extra entry points.
Today’s spotlight is Carey Heywood! You asked the questions, she answered them. Enjoy!
Magan Vernon specifically wanted me to ask you…if you will make a Facebook fanpage for your husband?
No! No, I will not! I will not make a Facebook fanpage for my husband because after y’all fan-girled all over him at Savannah he was impossible to freakin’ live with. So, NO, that will not be happening. In fact you may never see him again. I’m not threatening his life, I just may never bring him to another book signing. He. Was. Impossible. To. Live. With. He asked me after the fact if he should look into modeling. And…um…because I love him and I appreciate honesty in people I told him he should first look into a gym membership. You’re allowed to say that to your spouse. (Note: After the interview I asked to see a pic of her hubs. Magan Vernon, where do we start the petition to get that man his fanpage? 😀)
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always been an avid reader and I started writing my first book after a massive hangover, book hangover not the alcohol like induced kind, of a trilogy I had just finished reading and I went to go buy another book and nothing was speaking to me for whatever reason at that moment. So I just sort of had the idea what if I wrote something that I would like to read. And that’s where I started writing my first book.
What are you planning to do next?
Sawyer Says, a side character spin-off from the Him and Her series comes in May and I’m finishing my first draft of a future series; the first book in a new series that will come out in July.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20555957-sawyer-says 
If you could turn one of your books into a TV series or a movie, which one would you choose?
Better. I think Betterwould be an amazing movie. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17803289-better
What inspired your characters?
Well one thing, there is a piece of me in every single book. Like, Sarah habitually spins a thumb ring and that is 100% me. Aubrey in Better is a picky eater and does not enjoy shellfish and that is me. And Sawyer is quite hysterical and I assume that’s me cause I like to think I’m quite funny.
Is your husband in any of the books?
Well…you know what there…I could…he is…okay so she read one of my books (looks to her assistant for the day) and um…I’m not going to say that. Never mind, I’m not totally saying that. Stop it! Okay…okay well I’ll say it. She called me out and said Oh My God that’s like from your bedroom and I may or may not when my husband’s about to come tell him to get it get it. (I could not stop laughing!)
Damn those chimes! I was having so much fun and sad to see my time was up. Visit Carey at the links below and check out Sawyer Says coming next month!
About Carey
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with six books out and many more to come. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Ever the mild-mannered citizen, Carey spends her days working in the world of finance, and at night, she retreats into the lives of her fictional characters. Supporting her all the way are her husband, three sometimes-adorable children, and their nine-pound attack Yorkie.
Connect with Carey Heywood: Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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