Book Review: Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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Authors: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Model: Dusan Susnjar
Photographer: Tijana Vukovic

Shh…I bought this book for the cover (hence the credit for the model and photographer).  It was the fastest one-click I’d ever done, and I don’t regret it one bit.  The cover model is Dusan Susnjar and the moment you open the book and read about Soraya Venedetta’s morning on the train to Manhattan where she spots Mr. Stuck-Up Suit barking on his phone like he’s a god, you know Dusan couldn’t be any more perfect as Stuck-Up Suit or MBP (another nickname Soraya gives him) himself, Graham Morgan.

Soraya is a girl after my own heart, an Italian-American Brooklynite, who commutes to Manhattan everyday where she works for an advice column, Dear Ida.  She’s snarky, and she’s brash.  She doesn’t sugar-coat things, which is what Graham needs to snap him out of his self-important funk when she returns the phone he dropped on the subway.  For a man in charge of investment portfolios of the uber-rich, that he doesn’t even have a password for his phone was so unprofessional, but hey, what better way for Soraya to be able to look through his pictures to learn more about him before she returns his phone?  They actually don’t meet because Graham doesn’t think she’s worth seeing until he reads the text message she leaves him and it hits him where it hurts.

And suddenly the chase is on.

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Graham lives up to his nicknames, Stuck-Up Suit being the main one, and there were others like MBP (you’ll have to find that one out), although Poopface in Manhattan sticks with me right now.  He’s arrogant as heck and has built such a wall around him after weathering some major personal storms, but it’s no excuse for how he treats the people around him.  Underneath the tough exterior is a man-boy in a way, with some cute quirks that foreshadow one big twist that comes up.  And did I say that Dusan is the perfect Graham Morgan?  I totally get how these book conventions totally work when the cover models show up alongside the authors.  They f-sell books!

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What follows is a smart and witty and sexy banter between the two and I was rooting for them all the way, although by the time they end up in bed way before the 50% mark, I knew something was coming to tear them apart.  And boy, did they come, and some of them I spotted a mile away.  But I’m Team Graham Cracker all the way so I’ll go along with them.  I wish there was a bit more depth to some of the characters, especially the ex but there wasn’t and it baffled me to see the wealthy depicted the way they were-shallow all the way.  Except for the new Graham, of course, because Soraya has long p-whipped him back down to earth.

One of the things I loved about Stuck-Up Suit is the setting which is the very best city in the world (to me), New York.  And not just the Manhattan part of New York, but Brooklyn, too, and Queens.  There’s a bit of the Hamptons, but it’s been sanitized to look too perfect and shallow that I didn’t care.  If you pay attention, you’ll even know how to get to the East River from the 1 Train in case you need to toss some guy’s phone away.

My rating:  5 stars all the way

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The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee

The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee

The Making of Gabriel Davenport

by Beverley Lee

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In a house built on truth something lays hidden.

Beth and Stu Davenport moved to Meadowford Bridge to give their young son, Gabriel, an idyllic childhood. But one night, their dream is shattered by a hidden, ancient darkness– and their lives are forever changed.

Years later, Gabriel goes looking for answers about his mysterious past. Soon, his life begins to unravel as he discovers that the people he loves and trusts most are harboring sinister secrets of their own. As the line blurs between darkness and light, Gabriel must confront the terrible events that destroyed his family all those years ago.

His choice: continue living a lie in blissful oblivion, or give himself over to a terrifying new reality.

The darkness awaits.

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Release Date: April 8, 2016

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Beverley Lee is a freelance writer currently residing in the south east of England. In thrall to the written word from an early age, especially the darker side of fiction, she believes that the very best story is the one you have to tell. Supporting fellow authors is also her passion and she is actively involved in social media writers’ groups. The Making of Gabriel Davenport is her debut novel.

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Playing The Game: Derek Backhard by Shawnté Borris

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(Book 2 in the Game Series)

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Since being drafted by the NHL to play for his home team at age nineteen, Derek Backhard has had everything he’s ever dreamed of – unrivaled MVP mentions, countless goals and assists, even being compared to the great one. Holding the power to control his future in the palm of his hands, nothing stood in his way.

Until the unthinkable happened, and everything about his life shifted. Past priorities fell away the moment he held baby Ryder in his arms mere moments after losing his close friend, and Ryder’s father, Brad.

After weeks of watching Liz fall apart over the loss of her husband as she struggled to adjust to life as a single parent, Derek vows to give her and Ryder everything they deserve, creating a life he never knew he always wanted.

Rocked to her core by her changing feelings for him, Liz doesn’t know what to do with Derek or his offer. Uncertainty swirls within her as she leans on her lifelong friend during the hard times, but how much of his attention is real, and how much is pity?

Is she strong enough to let him in and let him take care of her, or will she force him away and back into the life she thinks he really wants?

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Shawnté lives in central Alberta, with her husband Ricky of 10 amazing years and together they have two beautiful children. Somehow her husband has managed to trick her into running a cow/calf operation. As much as she fusses about it, she loves it.

When Shawnté is not sitting at her kitchen table hammering away on her laptop while watching the moose chase her cows across the yard, yes this really happens. Then she is busy attend school activities, community events and chauffeuring children here and there. She is big on playing softball and watching hockey.

When the time comes to relax, you will find her snuggled underneath her down comforter reading on her Ipad. Wait…who are we kidding, if the dishes, vacuuming, laundry or the bathrooms needs a hose down, you’ll always hear her say, “Just after this chapter.” She doesn’t have a favorite author or best story because everyday she falls in love with someone new.

Shawnté is technology challenged so with the help of Lacy you can find her anywhere. Please go like her page and leave a review/star rating on the books she’s wrote.

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Blog Tour: Back to Me by Kelly Miles

Back to Me by Kelly Miles

Back to Me by Kelly Miles

Publication date: November 30th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis

Billy is alone, but he’s used to it. After being shot six years ago, the love of his life left him in the hospital fighting for his life. It left him an empty shell of a man and he no longer wants the responsibility of looking after anyone; he’s barely looking after himself. Alcohol is the only thing he’s interested in. That is until Blake, his old FBI partner, shows up unexpectedly.

Heather doesn’t want to be saved. She’s just fine being on her own. She’s fought for the last six years to survive, trying to outrun the mistake that cost her everything. When Billy shows up out of the blue, she’s forced to face the pain that still threatens to rip her apart.

When Billy goes back into the FBI, the danger is insurmountable but he sees no other way. He’s doing it for redemption; redemption for all the damage he’s caused and the monster he’s become. He’s willing to risk his life to avenge Heather, but will it all come crashing down this time, solidifying their end once and for all?

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Kelly MilesKelly Miles is an author, editor and publisher, but her greatest accomplishments are being a wife and mother. She lives in a small town in Tennessee, minutes from her childhood home. The youngest of three siblings, Kelly has always loved reading and writing short stories. To date, she has published two novels, MONTANA SKY and BACK TO ME. Both are available through Amazon.com.

In addition, she is currently working on her third book, BLAKE’S HOPE, set for release in mid-late 2016. All three books are considered a series, but can certainly be read as stand-alone novels as well. TORMENTED is in the works for 2017.Kelly has two teenage boys who keep her busy. She has been fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mom, which has afforded her the opportunity to spend more time with her children, and of course, to write. Writing is her passion. Her goal is to spread the love for her characters, her stories, and invite you into another world. Sometimes the writing is difficult, but she enjoys the creativity that it allows. Her hope is to spread the joy, and yes, sometimes torturing world of her craft.

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Kelli’s Top Ten Romantic Destinations

Who doesn’t love a good book and some romance? I think all women dream of being swept off their feet along with perhaps a little pampering. These are my Top 10 Romantic Destinations:

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia – Some of the most beautiful villas and breathtaking views you will ever see. I’ve never visited personally, but the pictures are absolutely stunning. There are no walls, doors or windows to most of the secluded rooms, providing you with 360 degree views of the gorgeous landscape and being one with nature.

North Island, Seychelles – Probably most famous for being the honeymoon destination of Prince William and Kate, this resort is smaller than most, accommodating only 44 guests at any given time. The personal staff will tend to your every whim and the view of crystal blue water pulls you in.

Fowl Cay Resort (Private Island) Exumas, Bahamas – Extremely secluded and perfect for lovers looking to get away from everyone and everything. You are provided a boat, but no captain. Everything there is yours, as you are left alone to the privacy you are seeking. The water is breathtaking as well as the lush island vegetation. A dream for any couple!

Hermitage Bay­ Antiqua – With only 25 rooms in the entire resort, exclusivity is abundant. The rooms are oversized and decorated in a plush motif, and nestled in between the hillsides. Each room comes with its own private plunge pool, which is very romantic. And private.

Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji – Ah, I’ve always dreamed of going to Fiji and when I saw this resort, well let’s just say it’s now on my bucket list! It’s amazing. Private bungalows sit over top of the clear water, offering solace and peace. Truly lovely. A perfect place to get away from it all!

If you prefer something less tropical, these last 5 are quite romantic in their own right, probably even more so for me.

The Gritti Palace, Venice – Dating back to 1475, a recently restored Gritti Palace offers romance and history as well. Located on the stretch of the Grand Canal, this is a perfect place to reignite the romance and love.

Shangri-La Paris – Oh, who hasn’t dreamed of being kissed under the Eiffel Tower? Swoon. At the 101 suites offered at the Shangri­La Paris, you could make that dream a reality. Large balconies offer the perfect view of the river and all the beauty that Paris has to offer.

Florence, Italy – Hailed as one of the most exclusive and best located hotels in Florence is the Portrait Firenze. Owned by the family of Salvatore Ferragamo, a famous shoe designer, the hotel is known for its boutiques and shopping. Men, buy your ladies some shoes and you can have all the romance you want! It’s located on the River Arno, next to the Ponte Vicchio and has lovely views of the countryside.

Mandarin Oriental, New York – Overlooking Central Park, the Mandarin offers plenty of amenities to keep you busy and satisfied. Settled in a part of New York that just feels romantic, it is sure to give you that boost to rekindle your love.

And last but not least….

Villa Le Barone Hotel, Tuscany – This privately run, 28­room hotel will leave you breathless. Settled only 18 miles from Florence, Italy, the Villa Le Barone sits on a hillside, surrounded by lush rose gardens and olive trees. It’s also in the heart of wine country, a must for any romantic getaway.

Lucky In Love Sale and Giveaway!

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I’m taking part of a St. Patrick’s Day romance promotion over at LoveKissedBooks and if you’d like to score some books on sale, as well as free books, head on over to the Lucky In Love Sale and Giveaway!

As part of the sale, my novel, Loving Ashe is currently 99 cents for a limited time!

About Loving Ashe:

Three years after her ex-boyfriend left her to pursue his Hollywood dream, Riley Eames’ love life is still on hold, hindered by questions only he can answer. So when he asks to meet her for a booty call while he’s in town, she reluctantly agrees, only to find herself stuck in the hotel elevator with charming British actor, Ashe Hunter, who’s in town to promote his latest movie. But even as sparks fly between them, Riley realizes that to fall in love again, she has to move on from the past, even if it means letting go of the questions she’s been seeking answers to, and uncovering secrets meant to be hidden.

Giveaway goes till March 31st so do check it out!

New Release: Lines We Forget by J.E. Warren

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Love never comes easy, especially to those who aren’t prepared for it…

Twenty-four-year-old musician Charlie Stone has always played the classics. It’s just another day of playing the same old songs when he notices her—Anna Garrett, a beauty with cold-bitten, rosy cheeks and a coffee cup clutched in her hands.
Five songs later, and she’s still standing there. He vows to steal her heart the only way he knows how—through the power of music.

In the heart of London, chance encounters are few and far between, but a warm melody can bring people together…

New day, same old disappointments. Anna Garrett believes her luck at finding love has stalled before it’s even started when she’s stood up for a second date with a friend of her housemate.

But when she sees a handsome musician playing his heart out, everything changes. Memories come flooding back. As she listens to the music, Anna realises she must take matters of love and luck into her own hands.

When opposites attract, sparks fly…

After a series of wonderful, unconventional dates, feisty Anna and hopeless romantic Charlie declare their love for each other. But their newfound bond is rocked to its core by a New Year’s Eve party gone awry that threatens to throw them off course.

Finally, a bright future appears to be within their grasp. But when Anna’s world fractures and distance comes between them, the real work begins.

Will their love go on in perfect harmony, or become another old song full of Lines We Forget?

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Cover Reveal: Chasing Butterflies by Beckie Stevenson

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I was born crazy, and I’ve been pissing people off and making a nuisance of myself ever since. Being crazy is all that I know. It’s who I am. How I’m made. And it’s the only way I can make any sense of anything.

For me, life has been hard. Something I was forced into and then prevented from leaving, even when I ached to escape. Life was a promise of something beautiful – magical even – but that only led to heart-breaking misery and devastating disappointment when it failed to deliver. And I was desperate to run away from it all. To bolt, to flutter away, and never look back.

Then, one miserable, crappy Monday when I was sixteen, my life morphed into a living, scorching, suffocating hell. And I got burned. Badly. I did something unforgivable. I shattered promises and fractured truths. I broke another family into so many tiny little pieces that it could never be put back together again. But I didn’t mean to.

Life ended. Nightmares began. And I knew I’d never be the same again. None of us would.

But then along came Gabriel. If my life was a nightmare, he was the dream that I never wanted to wake up from. He was the boy with the ability to calm me in a way that no pill ever had. The boy I wanted to be sane for, the boy I wanted to live for, the boy who filled the cracks in my heart. He taught me that life is for living and loving, and that sometimes it’s okay to feel like you don’t fit the mold.

What he didn’t tell me was that life is a bitch, and she has an uncanny way of coming back to bite you in the ass.

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Beckie - Author PhotoBeckie’s real name is Rebecca, but she get’s called (and answers to) any of the following…Beckie, Bek, Becca, Rebecca, Pip, Pippy or Stevo.

Beckie is the author of ‘Sorrow Woods,’ the ‘Existing’ series and ‘Noah and Me.’She is due to publish more YA and NA novels in 2015/16.  She lives in Staffordshire, England, with her partner and two children. Beckie likes putting music on in the house and dancing around like a mad woman.

When she isn’t playing with her children, doing housework, dancing around the house like a mad woman, walking, cycling reading or writing, then she can be found working in an investment bank. Or sleeping.

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Book Review: Baby For Keeps by Janice Maynard

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading way too many gritty and raunchy “romances,” I was in dire need of a change of pace, and so I set my sights to the tried and true romances of my teen years.  Yup! Harlequin!

I haven’t read Harlequin romances in a while, especially anything that featured babies, so this was my first.  I always thought babies were such a buzzkill to old fashioned romance, but I was wrong. So wrong. I mean, have you seen the baby on the cover?! Cuteness overload!

The guy is cute, too…

Baby for Keeps is about two people who first met in high school – she’s the awkward genius who skipped 2 grades and he’s the jock who needed tutoring so he could measure up to his family’s expectations – and they reconnect years later. He did steal a kiss from her once, and she hasn’t forgotten it.

Dylan Kavanagh comes from old money, and he owns a bar in a small town called Silver Glenn. Now single, he was once engaged to a Hollywood actress who fled the small town the moment the perfect role came along and he kinda is still recovering, mostly because you can’t hide much in a small town. Mia Larin is a researcher who thought she needed to heed the tick-tock of her biological clock before it was too late, and so she has a baby using a sperm donor, only to find out three months later that the grant funding her project fizzled and now she’s without a job. Broke and without any job prospects, at least not with a three-month old baby in tow and no childcare options, she sets out to Silver Glenn to see how Dylan is faring. I have no idea why really, since they haven’t seen or been in contact for years, but for now, I’ll go along with that premise.

That she brings a baby into a saloon was a surprise, but I’ll go along with that, too. Dylan sees her, sparks fly, he offers her a temporary job since his bookkeeper just bailed out on him. She can even stay in the apartment upstairs while she’s working and sending out her own resumes. Then the saloon conveniently burns down – and he offers his own guest room in his mansion as the substitute living arrangement. Of course, more sparks fly, there’s sex and more sex, and the baby is always asleep in the other room, and the perceived hangups of their past rear their ugly heads – he thinks she’s too smart for him and that the small town is no place for a genius who can find better opportunities in the big city, while she’s thinking, hmm, this arrangement’s not too shabby, and he really should stop thinking I’m way too smart. This is exactly why I picked an average man’s sperm, for crying out loud.

I took 1 star off because the ending just seemed rushed. There’s a mention of post-partum depression but that is never addressed on how she dealt with it (because we know that can be serious but I know, I know…this is a romance, but still…), and I just wished Mia had more sense about her to fight for what she wanted instead of acquiescing a lot to what he wanted. Otherwise, I’ll definitely be reading more of Maynard’s books, and at the moment, I think I have 3 more babies and billionaire stories to go in the box set.

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New Release: Until You by Heather Dahlgren

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Until You  

By, Heather Dahlgren


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When I turn around to face him, I notice that he’s watching my every move. The way he is looking at me, with the moonlight radiating off his deep brown eyes full of lust has me squeezing my legs together. I can’t help but stare at him as he slowly walks toward me. My heart beats rapidly in my chest and my breath hitches in my throat. In this moment, although I’m not exactly sure what is going to happen, I feel a part of me come back to life.


Hunter runs his knuckles down my cheek, and I involuntarily lean into his touch, my eyes drifting closed at the intimate gesture. He lifts my chin so that I am looking into his eyes.

“Murphy, I’ve never wanted to kiss someone as badly as I want to kiss you right now,” he says, licking his lips.

I feel so desired looking at the moonlight reflecting in his heated eyes. I swallow and poke out my tongue to wet my lips. “Kiss me,” I whisper.


He leans forward and presses his lips to mine, and I melt into his arms. I wrap my arms around his neck and he licks the seam of my lips, seeking entrance. I open my mouth to him and when our tongues connect I feel a fire burn throughout my whole body. Unable to control myself I moan as he sinks his fingers into my hair. He deepens the kiss, and I can’t believe the reaction my body is having to him. It’s overwhelming, yet I want so much more. This kiss is not what I expected, it’s slow, sweet and sensual. Almost like he is trying to express himself to me silently, and I am more than happy to listen.


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Heather Dahlgren writes Contemporary Romance, sprinkling each book with a bit of humor, a lot of naughty and true love. She self-published her first book in 2014 and continues to do so today. Her over active mind promises the stories are in no short supply. Heather grew up and still resides at the Jersey shore. She loves being so close to the Atlantic Ocean and the Pine Barrens. She is surrounded by the best of both worlds.She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three kids. There is nothing more important in the world to her then her family. When Heather isn’t writing you can find her getting lost in a great book, spending time with family and helping her fellow authors.

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*Until You is a standalone novella in the Happy Endings Resort Series*

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Cover Reveal: The Stars In The Sky

We are beyond thrilled to share the incredibly sexy cover for The Stars in the Sky by Leslie McAdam! This standalone about a foul-mouthed vegan and tight-lipped rancher is set to explode onto your kindles on March 15, 2016!

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Cover Designer: Michele Catalano Creative
Photographer: Cory Stierley / Instagram
Model: Mitchell Wick / Facebook | Instagram

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When foul-mouthed, tattooed, vegan Marie Diaz-Austin accepted a summer internship on a ranch north of Santa Barbara to work with underprivileged and special needs kids she was expecting hard work. She wasn’t expecting the gorgeous, but conservative rancher, Will Thrash who wants nothing to do with left-wing hippies like her.

While they both may be stubborn when it comes to climate change, they’re much less rigid about considering a summer fling. Although they hate each other’s politics, they can’t deny their immediate and growing attraction to each other. But when the stakes are raised and they’re forced to make a choice what will give? Their principles or themselves?

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Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves – even if it means letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it’s Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men you fantasize about. She’s unapologetically sarcastic and notoriously terrible at comma placement (that’s what editors are for!).

Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she’s not in the writing cave you’ll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas.

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Book Blitz: HARLEY by Michelle Jo Quinn

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Harley by Michelle Jo Quinn 

Published by: Limitless Publishing

Publication date: January 19th 2016

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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When a secret whispered at her father’s deathbed sends Cade Williams’ life into a tailspin, she sets out to find the only man who can set things straight, her father’s old army buddy, Noah “Mac” Mackinley.

After earning a position in Mac’s elite security firm, Cade knows that she must first prove herself worthy to earn Mac’s trust and get to the truth. Her first assignment is simple enough: guard 8y.o. Harley Clark, a fragile girl whose tenacity and brilliance is like nothing Cade has ever seen, and with whom she forms an unlikely friendship.

What’s not so simple is Cade’s instant attraction for Harley’s father, rock star Jax Clark, whose onstage presence sends thousands of fans into a screaming frenzy. To make matters worse, the attraction is mutual.

But the last thing Cade needs is a conflict to stand between her and the truth. Can she stick to her mission and avoid Jax at all costs? Or will her search for the truth cost her everything, even the child she has grown to love?

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Michelle ‘s love for writing blossomed when her father gave her a diary. However, instead of recounting her daily life, she wrote stories of fictional people. Like most of her characters, she believes in Happily Ever After. Naturally, she finds harmony in writing romance. 

An unabashed, self-proclaimed foodie, Michelle loves to try new food whenever she travels. She once had triple crème Brie and duck rillette for lunch on top of Grouse Mountain.  She enjoys watching foreign films and reading a good book by the fireside.

Michelle is an active member of RWA and several of its chapters. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids.

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New Release: SOLITUDE (Best Friends Book 1) by Carly Quinn

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Regan Hale is running away.

She is finished being nice, sick of doing the right thing and tired of always being wrong. She jumps at the chance to spend a few weeks on the Olympic Peninsula caring for her ailing aunt. Regan’s plans for quiet introspection and growing a backbone are derailed with the arrival of the doctor to whom her aunt has rented the guest cottage.

J.T. Thomas has work to do and an idyllic former life to forget. The deserted winter beach outside Port Townsend seems to offer the privacy and gloom he desires and his first order of business is getting rid of the woman in his beach cottage when he arrives.

Even with the help of her husband’s ghost and the worlds most lovable dog, bringing these two together seems unlikely. When a careless moment turns them into each others worst nightmare, it may take the whole of the Pacific Ocean and the Great Wall of China to heal these two battered hearts.

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So here I am, middle of the night, lying in his bed, calling it ours.  Thinking about leaving in a week. Knowing I have things that have to be done and so does he and it doesn’t bode well for either of us till, possibly, next fall. I slide over against him, snuggle under his shoulder.  I slip my hand across his stomach. I love the crinkly hairs under my fingers, I follow their path down toward his waistband. I want to wake him up and tell him I’m not leaving, beg him to let me stay.

I know I cannot.

I want him to touch me. I want that slow lazy way he has of kissing me until it feels like time just stops.  Like there is nothing else but us and we have all the time in the world.  Like he doesn’t have other responsibilities or dates, or work and neither do I.  It’s only us. I want to fill myself with that feeling then hoard it like some crazed middle-aged woman who can barely open her front door because the inside is so full.  I move my hand lightly up to his chest, my fingers slipping over his resting hand. I feel his arm move from  under my pillow, tangle into my hair and feel his beard against my forehead as he kisses me.

“What love?” he asks, clearing his throat.

‘Nothing,” I whisper.