Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Blogtour: Kingdom Of Sea And Stone by Mara Rutherford 9/29




Please welcome Mara Rutherford with 

Kingdom Of Sea And Stone

Crown Of Coral And Pearl #2

an Inkyard Press publication



The Cruel Prince meets Ash Princess in this thrilling fantasy, the much-anticipated sequel to Crown of Coral and Pearl.


Ever since Nor was forced to go to a nearby kingdom in her sister's place, she's wanted nothing more than to return to the place and people she loves. But when her wish comes true, she soon finds herself cast out from both worlds, with a war on the horizon.


As an old enemy resurfaces more powerful than ever, Nor will have to keep the kingdom from falling apart with the help of Prince Talin and Nor's twin sister, Zadie. There are forces within the world more mysterious than any of them ever guessed—and they'll need to stay alive long enough to conquer them...







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Excerpted from Kingdom of Sea and Stone by Mara Rutherford © 2020 by Mara Rutherford, used with permission by Inkyard Press. 


 On the day Zadie and I turned thirteen, Father surprised us with a trip to the floating market—our first glimpse of the world beyond Varenia.

I spent the journey perched on the bow of our family’s boat, welcoming the cold ocean spray on my face and the wind in my tightly plaited hair. Zadie sat between Mother and Father, her knuckles white on the edge of the bench, her golden-brown eyes wide with anticipation.

As we approached, I eagerly took in the sight of the intricately carved wooden boats, with their colorful wares and raucous merchants. While Father traded our precious Varnian pearls for drinking water and food, Mother made Zadie and me sit next to each other near the front of the boat where everyone could see us. She had shown us off to every villager in Varenia a hundred times, but today an entirely new audience was at her disposal.

Men and women smiled at us as we floated past, likely because identical twins were a novelty.

“Lovely girls,” one of the merchants said, and I watched as Mother swelled with pride like a pufferfish.

She thanked him and urged us to do the same. But just as I started to speak, the man craned his neck to get a look at the right side of my face.

“Pity about the scar, though.”

I could feel Mother wilt behind me like a seaf lower left out in the sun.

Zadie, embarrassed, settled into the bottom of the boat where no one could stare at us, but I stayed where I was, watching as Father looked over a basket. I was used to these kinds of comments by now, but it felt as though Mother would never accept that one of her daughters was a damaged good, just like the basket Father handed back to the merchant, gesturing to a hole in the  bottom.

“Pssst.”

Release Blitz: Stealing Jennifer by CC Bridges

Title: Stealing Jennifer

Author: CC Bridges

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: September 28, 2020

Heat Level: 2 - Fade to Black Sex

Pairing: Female/Female/Male (Female/Female interaction)

Length: 21500

Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQIA, established couple, criminals, law enforcement, PTSD, menage, found family, ffm

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Synopsis

Jennifer, Sean, and Maria are jewel thieves—and lovers. When a job gone wrong sees Jennifer in the hands of the FBI, Sean and Maria have to figure out how to break her out. It’s no easy feat, since Jennifer is both their hacker and master planner. But these two thieves will do anything to steal their heart back.

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Stealing Jennifer
CC Bridges © 2020
All Rights Reserved

Now

Whatever happens, no regrets.

Jennifer had only seconds to act. The pounding of footsteps up the stairwell echoed against the walls. This old building had zero insulation. They probably thought they were being quiet, but Jen had good ears and fast hands. Years of experience had her moving before thinking.

One glance at her laptop showed the dual security camera feeds she’d hacked into. Sean hovered above the case of jewels and Maria waited patiently in the getaway car. Jennifer had a second to tab through the rest of the feeds to make sure no police had gotten close to either of them. She entered the kill code to erase the recordings while she still could.

At least they would be safe.

Jennifer touched her fingers to her lips and then the screen, brushing over both Sean and Maria’s faces, imagining the soft feel of the stubble on Sean’s cheeks and the flutter of Maria’s long black eyelashes. She regretted not being able to touch them one more time. Even this warning would have to be abbreviated in case she was overheard.

“I’m about to get busted.” Jennifer never thought she would be the one saying these words. “Get out, now. I’m burning the laptop.” She ripped the headset out of her right ear without waiting for a response. After five years together, she trusted them to listen, still a surprise to her even now to know that she could rely on anyone other than herself. Jennifer slammed the laptop closed and pressed her thumb against the failsafe fingerprint reader she’d installed on the bottom.

She ran out of time. The door behind her cracked under the weight of some asshole cop’s foot as she dropped the laptop onto the floor. At least she hadn’t rented this apartment—she’d never get the deposit back. No, she’d chosen an empty location with good sight lines to the jewelry store and picked the lock on the door.

If this had been a long con, they would have rented an apartment and tried to look like good neighbors. Jennifer had fond memories of jobs where they entrenched themselves, living for months or more in one place until that location felt like home. This job in particular should have been quick, in and out.

Yeah, that turned out well.

The cracked door gave way with a crash, and her once private sanctuary filled with large men in uniform. Jennifer forced down the panic as they surrounded her, black barrels of guns pointed at her. This had happened before, only she hadn’t been the target. “Put your hands in the air!”

Monday, September 28, 2020

Blogtour: Lost on the Way by Isabel Jolie

Lost on the Way

by Isabel Jolie

Publication date: September 21st 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

They were friends—just friends. Now they’re something else entirely…


Jason

Maggie was my best friend’s girl. When he died… I don’t have the words. Indescribable pain.

But we healed. Together. She got me through my illness and became my friend, my confidant, my family. She’s everything to me. 

And I ruined it all last night. 

One drunken night. That’s all it took. Now I’m lost. 

I want her with everything I am, everything I have, but she can’t be mine. She deserves someone with better odds than the doctors gave me. 

Now, if I can’t figure out how to go back to the way things were, I’ll lose the most important relationship I have. The only one that truly matters.

Maggie

Last night was the best—and worst—night of my life.

He’s made it clear, more than once, that he only wants a friendship. 

Then last night happened.

And now he knows how I feel. 

He’s my best friend. I love him —mind, body, and soul. We have a visceral connection others can’t understand.

The problem? He’ll always see me as his best friend’s girlfriend, no matter how many years pass. 

I can’t lose him. If he wants to stay in the friend zone, I’ll need to somehow accept that and move on. I know it’s true. 

But convincing my heart…well, that’s another story entirely.

One night of excess tequila changes everything for two codependent best friends. Will they lose all they had, or can they find their way to something even better?

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“Are you happy now?”

It’s not the kind of question that should make me smile, but I’m lost in my head, and not only do I smile, but I almost laugh. I hold it in, but barely. “I think I might have gotten lost on the way to happy.”

He blinks several times. “Well, I hope you get there.”

“I hope we both do.”

When I return home to my empty apartment, I flip open the lid to my laptop. I read through the offer letter I received earlier today. Then I draft my acceptance email. I could wait and call in the morning, but I don’t want to wait.

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Blogtour: Love's Promise by Cheryl Holloway



Love's Promise

The Struggle Book 2

by Cheryl Holloway

Genre: Contemporary Romance 


Love is a decision, a commitment, and a promise…but for how long?

It’s been a while, since Bob proposed to Ava, the woman of his dreams, and purchased the special ring that she wanted. Ava’s biological clock is ticking, but Bob keeps postponing their wedding. Ava wants to fulfill her dream of being a June bride...now. She wants to wait for Bob, but he can’t seem to make it to the altar. Their struggle continues.

Life, love and pain—Can their relationship withstand another ride on this bumpy road called love?

In Love’s Promise, the struggling literary roller-coaster ride continues, and Ava is disappointed that her life isn’t where she expected it to be at her age—in a loving marriage with Bob. This gem of a book will keep you captivated with the many twists and turns, right up to the unanticipated ending.


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Love's Ride

The Struggle Book 1 



Love makes the ride worthwhile…or does it?

Bob is ready to take the next step in his relationship, and he wants to marry Ava, the woman of his dreams. He’s been secretly saving up money for the “special” ring that she wants. To quicken the process, he gets a part-time job as a Ryde driver, but…Bob stumbles upon Ava’s secret. The struggle begins.

Can their relationship withstand secrets and cheating?

Love’s Ride is a literary roller-coaster ride that will make you happy, scared, excited, angry, hopeful, and more—not necessarily in that order.




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