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On The Road With Secret Cravings Publishing – Forever Mine by H.N. Sieverding

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Book Description: After her uncle dies, Felicia decides to visit the family she hasn’t seen since she was a child. After years of therapy, she believes she’s ready to face her past and won’t fall prey to her family’s delusional beliefs about vampires. But a dark childhood wasn’t Felicia’s only problem. She’s in love with a man she sees only in her dreams. Calvin. She convinces herself that Calvin is a figment of her imagination and tries to erase him from her thoughts. She thinks meeting her real family will give her closure on her parents’ murders, but instead she finds that everything she convinced herself wasn’t real, was. Soon she is forced to choose between the man she loves and the vampire hunters who call her their own.

 

Tagline:She would do anything to find the lover who haunts her dreams, but is she ready to share his curse?

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Author bio:H.N. studied art in college, but writing has always been her greatest passion. Most of her books are contemporary romances, but she is best known for her dark, paranormal romances, and unique take on the modern vampire. Her books have been best sellers on Amazon, Bookstrand and her publisher’s website. Some of her most popular works include; Check Mate, the Nightwalkers series, and the Christian’s Kisses series.

 

Aside from writing, she’s a mom and cat lover. She’s also an award winning graphic designer and co-host of the radio show, Freshly Booked.

 

Contact links:

Website: hnsieverding.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hnsieverding

 

Other published books:

Initiation (Christian’s Kisses #1)

Seed of the Master (Christian’s Kisses #2)

The Bloodlust Prince

Secret Scarlet

Blood Kisses (Nightwalkers #1)

Forever Black (Nightwalkers #2)

Blood War (Nightwalkers #3)

 

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On The Road With Secret Cravings Publishing: Challenging by Lisa Drummond

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On learning they have new shapeshifter powers, Tatiana and Rich return to his log house in the woods. No sooner do they arrive than the Spirit materializes to give them amazing news. Wishing to stay safe from harm, Tatiana, at Rich’s urging, decides to go into hiding at his lakeside home.

As days slowly turn into weeks they settle into a comfortable life, each looking after the other both emotionally and in the bedroom.

Finally, the big day comes when they get to see what the Spirit told them.

How this revelation will change their lives, they can only guess.

 

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This will get both of your brains into what I want, she thought as she started to come, not realizing he was standing in the doorway.

“That’s not going to work except get you to come again. Look Tatiana, I’ve got a feeling we could be in real trouble and we need to figure out how to handle it.”

Not even getting caught made her blush, but she knew he was right. Against her baser needs she stopped and covered herself.

“Sorry. I guess I’m wanting to hide from what I learned, which is the same as you.”

“I understand, darling, but we have to deal with it before it gets out of hand. I can tell you this, though, I’m not leaving you. As we learned at my house, we are meant to be together and bring a new generation of shifters into the world.”

“I’m glad you want to stay with me because I can’t ever see leaving you. I’d rather die first,” Tatiana said, taking the offered wine glass then taking a sip.

“What did your mistress tell you?”

“Like the Spirit told us, there’s a new shifter coming which will change our lives forever. Fortunately she didn’t seem to focus on me but everyone in the conclave. That’s what has me worried though,” she started.

“I don’t understand. If she didn’t target you, why would that make you nervous? I’d think you’d be relieved.”

“She seemed to be concentrating on one of the older clan members, which makes me wonder if, besides us, something or someone else might be coming.”

“You mean to endanger us?”

“Yes. What if another type of shifter is coming which can hurt or kill one or both of us? Then everything would be lost.”

“I find this interesting because my master led us to believe what was coming would be the dawning of a new age. Either one or both are lying to get us to come out into the open.”

“Rich, what did he mean by new age, since it’s similar to what my mistress told us?”

“That’s something I’m not sure about. Like with your mistress, he didn’t set his sights on one shifter in particular, but all of us.”

Tatiana took another sip of her wine, enjoying the fruity taste of it, and settled back against the thick pillows. Between what she’d learned at her clan meeting and what Rich now told her, she knew, or at least suspected, someone was lying. What she did know was it wasn’t him as she’d learned if he was while staying at his log house.

Was it possible both clan heads knew they were part of the new change, which threatened their leadership and power over everyone? Studying Rich, she could tell he was having the same thoughts, which was good as it would put them both on the offensive if necessary.

 

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Bio-

Bonjour ladies and gentlemen.

I’m originally from the US where I grew up in your typical small town in middle America. Now in my late 20’s I live in France with my two lovers, Renard and Monique. We share a lovely apartment in Paris where I study interior design and my roomies are enrolled in art school.

I don’t know what the normal erotic author looks like but to set your mind at ease I have waist length red hair, long toned legs and a body most women would kill for. To that end several times clothing designers pleaded, on their knees, for me to model their clothes. I refused them as I found them lacking in many area, one in particular.

About a year ago I took up writing at the encouragement of Monique. She thought the world should know how in love the three of us are. When I stared to put pen to paper, so to speak, I didn’t want your typical erotic stories so I searched for the best way to express our emotions. It was Renard who suggested shapeshifters as he’d just finished a series of paintings on the subject.

I’ve found that I love writing so much I plan to cut back on my classes so I can devote more time to giving you hot, steamy erotic romance.

Contact-

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisa.drummond.790

Previous Books-

Awakening- Book 1 in Clan Wolverine series

Beginning- Book 2 in Clan Wolverine series

 

On The Road with Secret Cravings Publishing – Code Name: Nina’s Choice

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Nina Samson, an analyst working at Coronado Base Command, lands in Navy sniper Mace Callahan’s lap like an I.E.D. Two weeks of fiery passion with the lithe redhead, and the self-proclaimed bachelor raises the white flag. Arriving in San Diego, Nina, a single mother with an eight-year-old daughter, spots danger ahead. Mace’s Hollywood goods looks and wicked smile makes her heart run a zip-line of crazy. Lust for the sexy SEAL swiftly turns to fear when he deploys to Syria for a mission. Mace returns home angry. Believing his injury destroys their future, unable to pleasure any woman, especially one like Nina, he tries to sever their relationship. She deflects every round Mace fires at her heart, determination controlling the helm. Just as the seas calm, fate advances. Another warrior sets his sights on her. Mace will wage war for her heart, but it’s “Nina’s Choice”.

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About the author:

I grew up on the beautiful West Coast of British Columbia with the Pacific Ocean on my western doorstep, and thousands of acres of forest on the other. After finishing school, my life took a drastic twist, and a lifelong working relationship with the marine industry began.

After a twenty-year hiatus from my creative writing, the stories swirling in my mind began to swim hard to resurface, and I threw them a life ring. I juggle my creativity during my days off, and then get back down to business, working in Vancouver Harbour. My life is a mix of creativity vs. black and white procedures. With a lifetime of working in the marine community, there’s plenty of stories to tell. It’s a different world, different language, unsung heroes and heroines aplenty, heated moments, and blissful silence when all is well. Reading and writing is the way I turn down the loud hum that my work causes, and after thirty years of humming, it’s time to vent.

 

Find Natasza Waters at:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/NataszaWaters

 

Tuesday Tales – Front Porch Picture Prompt

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Hi everyone and welcome to Tuesday Tales.  I am back with Breaking the Silence (Hard Drive Series #2), the sequel to Breaking the Cycle. 

Rico Choate is a MMA bad boy with a love them and leave them attitude.  That is until he meets Avery Walker, a deaf Marine who lost her hearing when her transport is attacked in Afghanistan.  He falls hard for her, even learning sign language so he can talk to her.  However, Avery’s hatred for all celebrities forces Rico to keep his career in mixed martial arts a secret.  How long can he keep such huge parts of his life separate? 

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His heart thundered in his chest as he pulled up to Avery’s house.  She stood on the porch in a pale blue sundress and white strappy sandals.  The elastic wrap around her injured ankle even blended into her outfit.  In her hands she held the handles of a large picnic basket.  She skipped down the steps to the Jeep.  Rico hopped out to set the basket in the back seat then help her into the passenger seat.  His gaze wandered over her as he jumped back into his seat.  You are beautiful.

She blushed a rosy pink.  I do not normally wear dresses.  The weather is so warm and well…  Her fingers folded in her lap as her cheeks grew redder.

Rico kissed her cheek.  I am so glad you did.  So where would you like to go?

There is a lake near my college.  It is beautiful.  Can we go there?

Absolutely.  Just show me where.

Avery gave him the directions to the lake and updated them as they reached each stop light.  Rico parked in the nearly full parking lot.  Before Avery could unbuckle her seat belt he had the picnic basket and a blanket in his grasp and was offering her a hand to help her out.  She reached for the basket.  With a suave smile he held it out of her reach.

Give it to me she commanded.

Rico set the basket on the ground behind him then draped the blanket over it so he could sign.  How about you take my hand so I will not get lost?

Avery huffed.  You are impossible.

But you love me for it.

Avery’s eyes went wide as she bit her lower lip.  Rico’s heart thundered panicked.  I was kidding.  I did not mean to imply that you love me.

He watched her cheeks flush again.  But I do.  I do love you.  I was not sure…

Rico cupped her face in his hands and parted her lips in a deep, warm kiss.  Whatever she was saying was lost as her hands caressed his arms as her lips melted against his.

As they broke apart, Rico let his hands slip from her face.  I love you, Avery.

He pulled her close for another kiss.  Holding her, kissing her was the only thing he ever wanted to do.  Feeling her surrender, knowing she loved him too was the most incredible feeling he ever had.  He didn’t know how long they were kissing.  He didn’t care.

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Who Wants a FREE Book?

FREEBIE over HERE…

Have I got your attention yet? J

I’m pleased to let you all know that my novel, Second Chance Love, will be FREE on Amazon this Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th so please don’t be shy, SPREAD THE WORD.

I’d like to thank everyone for joining me here, and I hope you enjoy it! *coughs* Don’t forget, I’m always up for some new reviews too. If you have the time that is, in the meantime please check out the blurb and excerpt below and get your very own copy today before time runs out! J

 

Book blurb:

Goody, goody Teegan Hallowell was tired of being teased for following the rules. So, when her brother’s sexy friend shows an interest, she rebels, and learns all about the good kind of bad.

 

Now ten years later, Teegan returns home to escape a horrible mistake, but wonders if she’s made an even bigger one by returning. There was a reason she left Digby, when her dreams shattered and the man she loved betrayed her. So when she realizes she’s still in love with him, matters become complicated when he reveals her reason for leaving him was all in vain.

 

Liam Bates has every intention of loving Teegan again, but she’s had it rough and he needs to rebuild her trust. The spark is still there, and as they explore what once was, their love is tested when Teegan disappears, and Liam will stop at nothing until he finds her again.

 

 

Excerpt:

Jagged rocks aligned across the coastline. The moist salty air was refreshing, and the tide slowly rose against the Fundy Shore. It was good to be home again. Teegan sat on the fallen tree trunk, and tried to capture the beauty of the scenery with her sketch pad.

She hadn’t been there in years and the beauty of it still captivated her. This secluded patch of beach once belonged to Liam’s family and she wondered if it still did. Seeing Liam again brought so much back to her, that she just needed a place to unwind, and some of her most precious memories belonged right where she was.

Smiling, she turned up her iPod and sang along to the lyrics of Shinedown’s Breaking Inside, relating to the lyrics. Subconsciously, she ended up adding a boy and his father fishing right where she sat into the picture. Liam! Why can’t I seem to let you go? Sighing, she almost fell off the log and into the water. Her heart raced, and adrenaline pumped as she wondered who in the Lord’s name snuck up on her like that.

Large arms wrapped around her, pulling her close as his heat enveloped her senses. He was the one man in the entire world who could make her weak in the knees by just being in close proximity to her. The one man she was trying to avoid. Too afraid of her emotions. Oh Lord, he smells so good. Get it together, Teeg. You don’t even know him anymore.

“Liam?” She sounded breathless and winced turning away. She could not let him see how he affected her, could not risk losing her heart again. It hurt too much.

“Hasn’t anyone ever told you not to sneak up on someone like that? Geez, you just about gave me a heart attack not to mention an unwanted swim.” Placing a hand to her heart she turned to face him again only to have the urge to smother his smile with her lips. He was beautiful, and she missed the taste of him.

“It’s good to see you too.” He chuckled, “And there is no way I would have let you fall in. Hasn’t anyone ever told you that this is private property?”

She could tell by the glint in his eye he was only teasing, and she hated how easily he could make her smile. As if, she was eighteen all over again. “Ya, but you see, I used to know one of the owners of said property very well. I have many fond memories here, and I just had to see if it was as remarkable as I remembered it.”

“Well is it?” His face turned serious as he closed the distance between them.

With his closeness distracting her she whispered, “Is it what?”

Before she knew it his head was lowering and her breathing turned rapid. Be careful what you wish for. She could feel his breath against her and all she could think about was the taste of his lips on hers. Soft, plump, and delectable…

 

AMAZON LINK:

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Author bio:

Jennifer Labelle resides in Canada with her husband and three beautiful children. After her third child she became a stay at home mom. In her busy household Jennifer likes to spend her down time engrossed in the stories that she creates. She is an active reader of romance, mystery and anything paranormal. With an education in Addictions work she’s decided to take a less stressful approach in life and hopes that you enjoy, as she shares some of her imagination with all of you.

 

 

Author contact links:

Website: http://www.jenniferlabelle.com

Blog: http://labellebooks.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/1JenniferLabell

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4649930.Jennifer_Labelle

 

Best wishes,

Jennifer Labelle

 

Tuesday Tales – Mother

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Hi everyone and welcome to Tuesday Tales.  I am back with Breaking the Silence (Hard Drive Series #2), the sequel to Breaking the Cycle. 

Rico Choate is a MMA bad boy with a love them and leave them attitude.  That is until he meets Avery Walker, a deaf Marine who lost her hearing when her transport is attacked in Afghanistan.  He falls hard for her, even learning sign language so he can talk to her.  However, Avery’s hatred for all celebrities forces Rico to keep his career in mixed martial arts a secret.  How long can he keep such huge parts of his life separate? 

Don’t forget to check out the blogs of the other very talented authors of Tuesday Tales!!

 

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Rico strolled into Hard Drive, whistling the song he had just heard on the radio with each step he took.  He couldn’t remember the last time he whistled like this.  But then he couldn’t remember the last time he had been this truly happy.

He stopped dead in his tracks as a sobering thought crossed his mind.  He did remember the last time he was this content.  He was ten.  His mother had just tucked him into bed after reading a story to him.  It was a Hardy Boys mystery.  She kissed him on the forehead and wished him good night.  He could hear his father giving instructions to the sitter.  They were only going for drinks with friends from work.  They wouldn’t be long.  Rico snuggled into his pillow and drifted to sleep with a smile on his young lips.

He shuddered as he forced the memory to stop there.  Clenching his eyes closed, he forced his breath in and out quickly to calm himself.  Hard Drive was the perfect place to be.  Right now he needed to hit something repeatedly.  He glanced down at his scarred knuckles.  Maybe until they started to bleed.  Whatever it took to purge those memories from his mind.

Rico was startled by the soft song that played from his pocket.  He plunged his hand in to find his phone.  After rummaging in the fabric for a moment he pulled it free and glanced at the screen. Potato salad or fruit?

His face broke out in a warm smile.  The ghosts of his past disappeared as he typed the response.  Avery, sweetheart.  You are going to too much trouble.

A new bubble popped under what he had just sent.  That’s not an answer, Rico.  Potato salad or fruit?

He laughed as his thumbs flew across the screen.  Fruit would be great.  I’m heading in to work out now.

He waited instead of walking into the building.  He wasn’t disappointed.  Can’t wait to see you!

Rico slipped the phone back into his pocket as the tune returned to his lips.  Glancing at his knuckles his grin grew wider.  For the first time ever, other than the abuse they would suffer in practice, his fingers were safe.  Avery was truly amazing.  He opened the door and walked inside.  Setting his bag on the bench, he kicked his shoes off and nudged them against the wall with his toe.

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My Book Boyfriend Blog Hop

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Welcome to My Book Boyfriend Blog Hop!  I am glad you have stopped by!  Thank you to Harper A. Brooks and TF Walsh for having me!

Lately I’ve had a problem.  My heart is torn in two.  For the past year my heart has been wholly devoted to my alpha hero from my Black Irish series, Sloan O’Riley.  Black hair, blue eyes, the body of a Greek god, my Irish millionaire has a bit of a dark past.  When he meets naïve children’s author Abbey Wright, he’ll do anything to keep her in New York City with him including lie by telling her he is gay.

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Abbey’s heart thundered in her chest. She was alone with Sloan. He betrayed her. Yet she couldn’t stop thinking about him. It was time for answers. Her stomach twisted at the thought of asking for them.

“I’m glad you’re here. I was running out of gift ideas,” Sloan crooned. “Does this visit mean you’ve accepted my offer?”

“I have some questions first.”

“Of course.” He motioned her forward.

She timidly stepped into the living area. Compared to the opulence of the space and its owner, she in her waitress uniform was certainly the thing that didn’t belong.

Taking a deep breath, she asked quietly, “Why did you lie to me?”

Sloan paused. “I couldn’t have you leave.”

“Why not?”

He didn’t answer.

“You said it wasn’t the money or the visa. Then why? Why couldn’t you let me leave?”

Sloan slowly crossed over to her. He gently caressed her cheek with his fingertips. “I needed to know if there could be something between us,” he answered softly.

Oh wow! Her knees turned to jelly. “And do you think there could be something between us?”

His mouth turned up in a sexy smile as he gazed into her warm, hazel eyes. “I’d like to think there could be.”

Oh, double wow. Abbey’s heart picked up its rapid pace. “Sloan, I’ve been wondering. Did you ever get to a lawyer? I mean, I didn’t. I didn’t have the money. Are we still…”

She felt his breath on her face as he leaned closer to her. “Married? Aye. We’re still married. I did not get an annulment.”

“You’re still my…” Her voice failed her again.

“Husband. Aye, luv, I am.”

“And I’m still your…”

“My beautiful, wee wife.”

We’ve had the perfect relationship – he antagonizes me, I get angry with him, he reminds me with that oh-so-sexy brogue who is really in charge (in full detail!) and then I write. 

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But then…he stepped into my life.  MMA Bad Boy Rico Choate.  Granted we had met before in the first book of my Hard Drive series, Breaking the Cycle.  He intrigued me then.  But now as I wrap up his book, Breaking the Silence (Hard Drive Series #2), I have fallen head over heals in love.  Cocky, confident, love ’em and leave ’em attitude just dying to be tamed.  I am totally smitten.  Please don’t tell Sloan.

The sun was low in the horizon when they finally stood to leave.  Avery beat him to the blanket, folding it neatly and tucking it in her arm before Rico could get a hand on it.  He picked up the basket then hand in hand they walked back to the Jeep.

They sat outside Avery’s house for several moments before Rico walked her to the door.  You will pick me up in the morning? she asked.

Of course I will.  I will do anything to spend time with you.

She blushed.  Rico grinned.  He’d do just about anything to tinge her cheeks pink like that.  What are you doing this week? he continued.

Studying.  I have some big tests coming this week.  What about you?

Working then the gym.  Like normal.  Want me to help you study?

She laughed.  You know as well as I do, Rico, if you try to help we will not be studying.

He chuckled with her.  True.  But I will be on my best behavior.  Just as long as you are on yours.

Avery gasped indignant as she slapped him on the arm.  I am always on my best behavior.

Really?  So you are saying I am the bad influence?

She giggled.  Yes.  I am.

It is good to know we are on the same page.

Avery giggled again.  Rico studied her face.  Lord, she was beautiful.  Her features were normally so cool and collected.  She used to be a Marine.  Not much fazed this woman.  It was one of the things he loved about this woman.

But right now her eyes held a wicked glimmer.  She slowly reached across his seat.  Her fingers weaved themselves in his hair.  The sensation alone sent his heart racing.  She pulled her to him and parted his lips with hers.  It didn’t take long before her tongue tangled with his.  Instinctively he pulled her tight against him.

Feeling her curves mold against his body, the taste of her on his lips set him on fire.  The old Rico, the one who couldn’t remember the names of half the women he slept with, started to creep to the surface.  He could take her back to his place.  One night with her would be incredible.

He looked into her eyes as the kiss broke.  She was perfect.  He couldn’t ruin what they had.  He didn’t want her for one night.  He wanted her forever.  He wanted to promise eternity to her.  He wanted to raise a family with her.  He couldn’t risk everything on one night.

He nuzzled his nose against hers and brushed another kiss against her lips.  He didn’t think before he talked.  The words just tumbled out.  “I love you.”

An amused smile graced her lips as she signed.  I love you too.  I guess I better go in.

I guess so.

He grabbed the picnic basket out of the back seat.  He wrapped his arm around her and tucked her close to him as he walked her to the house.  He could see Lindsay glaring at him through the window.  Rico didn’t care.  As they reached the front door he pulled Avery to him for one last, soft kiss.  She sighed as she took the basket from him and looped her arm through the handles.  See you in the morning?

Cannot wait.

Rico waved to Lindsay as he held the door open for Avery to pass through.  A grin spread across his face as he jogged down the steps.  The whistling started again.

Now that I have introduced you to my TWO book boyfriends (does that make me a book slut?), I would like to let you get to know them a little more intimately.  So, leave a comment below and I will award four commenters their choice of e-book in their choice of format.  You can choose of one of Sloan’s books – Black Irish, Heartland or the Troubles – or Rico’s current published book, Breaking the Cycle.  Which of my book boyfriends would you like to spend the night with?

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Tuesday Tales – Free

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Hi everyone and welcome to Tuesday Tales.  I am back with Breaking the Silence (Hard Drive Series #2), the sequel to Breaking the Cycle. 

Rico Choate is a MMA bad boy with a love them and leave them attitude.  That is until he meets Avery Walker, a deaf Marine who lost her hearing when her transport is attacked in Afghanistan.  He falls hard for her, even learning sign language so he can talk to her.  However, Avery’s hatred for all celebrities forces Rico to keep his career in mixed martial arts a secret.  How long can he keep such huge parts of his life separate? 

Don’t forget to check out the blogs of the other very talented authors of Tuesday Tales!!

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They were so wrapped up in each other neither of them noticed the little boys that flew between them until it was too late.  The last one hooked his skate with Avery’s.  She was off her feet in a split second.  She clenched her eyes for the cold impact on her butt.  Instead two strong arms kept her from falling.  Her eyes fluttered open and glanced around.  Yep.  Rico caught her.  Her eyes locked with his sapphire blue ones.  She wanted to protest, to joke just how cliché this was.  Here he was cradling her in his arms after saving her from falling, his lips dangerously close to hers.  They looked like they belonged on the front of a romance novel.  But her breath caught in her throat as she clung to him, her gaze drifting to his mouth.

She gasped as Rico gathered her closer and softly kissed her.  Her fingers buried deep into his hair as he deepened it, his lips parting hers as his tongue slowly grazed across her teeth.  Their eyes met for a moment as the kiss broke.  Avery fought back her breath coming out in ragged gasps but it was no use.  It did.  So that was what kissing Rico Choate was like.  It was light years better than she imagined.  It was amazing.

With a grin Rico gently set her on her feet.  As soon as her weight hit her left foot she winced.  His smile faded as his face filled with concern.  Are you all right?

Avery shook her head.  I cannot put weight on my foot.  I must have done something to it when I almost fell.

Rico wrapped a protective arm around her waist as he helped her from the ice.  He guided her to a bench and motioned for her to sit.  Before Avery could reach for her own skate, he was knelt before her unlacing it.

I can take off my own skate, Rico.

I am sure you can. 

Then let me.

No.  He tugged it carefully from her foot so not to cause more pain then started on the other one.

I am not a child.

His deep blue eyes shot up to hers.  The message in the glare was unmistakable.  It was time to drop it and let him take care if her.  Once her feet were free of the skates he shed his quickly and returned both pairs.

Avery gingerly stood on her good leg.  She concentrated on her bag a couple feet away that had her shoes inside.  It wasn’t too far.  She could hop there.  A squeal escaped her lips as she was scooped off her feet.  Instinctively she wrapped her arms around Rico’s neck as he scooped up both hers and his bags and strode from the building with her still cradled in his arms.

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Secret Craving’s Contemporary Romance Blog Hop!

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Hi everyone and welcome to Secret Cravings Publishing’s Contemporary Romance Blog Hop!  My two series, the Black Irish Series and the Hard Drive Series, are both contemporary.  I love to write contemporary romance!

Since I currently have four contemporary novels released right now, I will give an e-book copy of the reader’s choice to four lucky commenters who leave a “hello” in the comments below!  Just stop by and say “Hi” and you may be the lucky winner of Black Irish, Heartland, The Troubles or Breaking the Cycle!

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The Black Irish series is a contemporary suspense romance that tells the story of Abbey Wright and Sloan O’Riley…

Abbey couldn’t believe he was gay. She nearly ran away from her dreams of being a children’s book writer when she was introduced to her illustrator Sloan O’Riley, a dark, sensual Irishman with incredible blue eyes. He certainly couldn’t be good for Abbey’s relationship with her boyfriend back in Iowa. How could she stay in New York and work with the sinfully sexy Sloan even if he was gay? And when Sloan is threatened to be deported, how far would Abbey go to keep him in the US?

Sloan was forced to tell a little white lie. He had no choice. He couldn’t let the sweet, beautiful, Abbey Wright flee from his life – not without a chance to explore the sudden desire he felt for her. But what would Abbey do if she ever discovered the truth about Sloan’s sexuality – or learned the deeper, darker secret he’s been hiding?

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Breaking the Cycle (Hard Drive Series 1) is a MMA Fighter romance with sweet side.  It has been in the Amazon Top 100 for Sports Fiction in both the US and the UK and just recently won Ind’tale’s Creme de la Cover Contest!  It tells about Max Thomas and Chloe Davis…

Max is excited when Chloe, a girl that works for the same gym he does, agrees to go on a date with him. He is disturbed, though, when she becomes violently ill after he kisses her. Max can’t shake how he feels about her. He sacrifices his job and does everything he can to find an answer to her illness. But is it enough to save their relationship – and save her?

Chloe can’t believe Max Thomas, the hottest guy at Roadie’s Gym, wants to go out with her. When their date is a disaster, she thinks she’ll never see him again. She is stunned when he reappears in her life and tries to find the answer behind whatever has made her sick since she was a child. However, will he stick around or abandon her like her father did? Can she trust him enough to let him into her heart?

And coming soon…the sequel to Breaking the Cycle – Breaking the Silence (Hard Drive Series 2)! 

Rico Choate is a MMA bad boy with a love them and leave them attitude.  That is until he meets Avery Walker, a deaf Marine who lost her hearing when her transport is attacked in Afghanistan.  He falls hard for her, even learning sign language so he can talk to her.  However, Avery’s hatred for all celebrities forces Rico to keep his career in mixed martial arts a secret.  How long can he keep such huge parts of his life separate?

And an excerpt from Breaking the Silence!

Avery frothed the milk in the customer’s cup the slowly poured in the espresso.  After squirting in a generous amount of chocolate syrup, she popped the top on the cup and slid on a sleeve.  She forced a bright smile on her face as she handed the cup to the woman.  The customer’s lips were animated as she rambled on to Avery.  Not that Avery could hear a word of what she said.  Some days it would be easier just to wear a t-shirt that says “I’m deaf”.  Not that I should have to.

She had been deaf for so long she couldn’t remember what it was like to hear anything.  Her memories played in her mind as silent movies.  She missed what voices or music or nature sounded like.  Her memory only held on to one sound, the sound of an explosion, the sound of the metal body of an armored convoy vehicle being ripped to shreds in a ball of fire.

It was the last sound she ever heard.  From there on it was smothering silence. She looked up to read her next drink order.  She learned to live with being deaf.  She was a Marine.  She had been through boot camp.  She served with the military police in Afghanistan.  She was almost killed by a roadside bomb.  She lost her best friend in that attack.  She didn’t even cry when she learned he had been killed.  She could handle a little disability.

Avery’s eyes caught the pale pink bouquet of flowers that sat on the counter behind her.  She sighed.  She had to admit there were times being deaf sucked, like when the most incredible guy in the world walked into her life but couldn’t communicate with her.  Telling Rico Choate she couldn’t see him again was the hardest thing she had ever done.  She didn’t really date.  She just never found interest in a man.  When she was enlisted she was too consumed with her career.  The Marines were all she cared about.  When she rejoined the civilian world, she didn’t have patience for the immature guys who couldn’t handle being around a deaf woman without making it a joke.  The only guy she was ever comfortable around was her brother, Lindsay.

Then Rico walked into the cafe.  Her knees went weak as she lost herself in his blue eyes.  His tall, strong build made her knees go weak.  She wanted to bury her fingers in his dark brown, thick hair.  There was no way a guy that hot would want to ask her out.

Then, through his friend, Chloe, he did ask her out.  After one date she ended it.  Ever since then he filled her thoughts, haunted her dreams.  Rico didn’t help the situation at all.  Nearly every day a different bouquet of flowers was delivered for her, the most beautiful flowers she had ever seen.  Each bore a simple message.  Thinking of you, Rico.

Avery glanced across the small shop.  Her breath caught in her throat as she felt her heart race in her chest.  Speaking of the devil, Rico stood at the counter placing an order.  She swallowed hard and took a deep breath to calm herself.  She would have to get him set straight.  She couldn’t torture herself with him.

Once she capped his iced tea, she grabbed a note pad and pen.  She sat the tea on the counter as she scrambled to think of what to write.  Her thoughts stopped as she noticed his fingers.  His smile was shy as he signed again.

Hello.  How are you?

Her eyes flew open wide in surprise.  You signed to me!  But how?

Rico waved to stop her then picked up the pen and paper.  I am still learning.  He lifted his hands to sign again.  Did you like the flowers?

She giggled.  Yes.  Thank you.  She took the pen from him and scrawled beneath what he wrote.  Why are you learning sign language?

His lips cracked into a wide grin as he took the pen from her again.  So we can talk.  So you will go out with me again.

Avery’s pulse kicked up a notch as her knees went weak.  She leaned against the counter as she followed his words.  Get a few more lessons then come back and ask me out.  I might just say yes.

She didn’t think his smile could get bigger but it did.  He scribbled at the bottom of the page.  Your wish is my command.  I will see you soon.

He waved goodbye as he stepped away from the counter.  She couldn’t pull herself away until he disappeared out the door.  He was learning sign language…for her?  There was no doubt.  For the first time in her life, she was falling in love.

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A Deal Is A Deal

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So week ago I posted on my blog that if I won Ind’Tale’s Creme de la Cover contest, I would post the raw photo for the cover of Breaking the Silence (Hard Drive Series #2).

Well…I won!!!  See…here it is!

So…here is my end of the deal…

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The cover is “unofficially” done.  I can’t wait to share it.  But first, I have to finish the book.  So off to writing!