Saturday, September 21, 2019

Release Blitz: Of Autumn Leaves and New Beginnings by Nell Iris

Length: 17,809 words

Publisher: JMS Books

Sometimes love finds you even when you’re not looking for it.

At 47, Oren Walker isn’t looking for love. When he knocks on Pete Higgins’ door, all he wants is to thank him for helping his mom after she broke her femur. He never expected that one look at the man would make his knees weak and heart flutter.

Pete is happy—albeit a bit lonely—after divorcing his wife of 20 years and isn’t looking to replace her. But when Oren shows up, all grateful and handsome and in that fancy suit, the longing for the deep connection of a relationship flares up inside him.

As the leaves turn yellow, Oren and Pete spend a lot of time in honest conversations. Their attraction grows. Will the two men recognize the promise of new beginnings, and take the chance to find the happiness they both deserve?


It's been nearly three weeks since Mom's accident -- and the leaves are more yellow than green but the heat still refuses to let go -- when my phone rings just as I'm on my way back to my office after a long, infuriating meeting. I don't recognize the number but accept the call. "Oren Walker."

"Oren. Hi. It's Pete. Pete Higgins. Your mom's next-door neighbor."

"Oh, hey!" I would be lying if I said I haven't thought about him these last few weeks. In the shower, before bed, while having my morning coffee. He's hot enough to set fire to my pants, but that's only part of the appeal. Mom hasn't stopped talking about him since her accident; about how gentle he was when he helped her. How considerate and thoughtful and nice he was when she was hurt and scared, and in the days that have followed.

Of course, I noticed all his good sides myself, those few minutes we spent together, and he hasn't been far from my thoughts whenever I've had a free moment.

"I'm sorry to disturb you at work," Pete says.

"No problem. I just got out of a meeting with some very upset people and could use a friendly voice right now." I close my office door behind me and throw myself onto my chair. "What can I do for you, Pete?"

"Nothing urgent. I just needed to tell you something."

"Shoot." I lean back and close my eyes, rubbing my temples with my thumb and index finger, trying to fend off the threatening headache.

"I just wanted to let you know that I interfered with your mom earlier. She was on her way to the grocery store. On foot, with her crutches, and I managed to catch her when she hobbled past my house."

I groan. "Oh my God, her stubbornness is unprecedented."

"Yeah, I hear you, man. I had to sweet talk her forever before I managed to convince her to go back home. The thing that persuaded her was when I lied and told her I was on my way to the store myself so I could pick up whatever it was she needed."

"I don't understand. I bought everything on her list the day before yesterday."

"Nuh-uh. You forgot the chocolate chips. She couldn't bake cookies for the church bake sale on Sunday. It was a class one disaster and I'm surprised she didn't call 911."

Friday, September 20, 2019

Review Tour: Puzzle Me This by Eli Easton

Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Cover Design: Reese Dante

Luke Schumaker designs computer games, working from his home. Every day he walks his dog in the woods nearby, never suspecting that someone who is completely smitten is watching.
The watcher is Alex Shaw, and he too works from home, designing logic and crossword puzzles. Alex’s options are limited: he’s too shy to approach Luke and his wheelchair won’t let him follow into the woods. His solution? Secret messages for Luke in the crosswords he writes for the local paper.

When Luke decodes them, romance begins, but then they face greater puzzles, like Alex’s interfering sister and what commitment to a man in a wheelchair really takes. And, most puzzling of all, how do you know if love is real?

Heather's review:

I could tell right away that Puzzle Me This was a re-release of an older work by Eli Easton. Eli Easton is one of my favorite authors and she has written some amazing stories, and though Puzzle Me This was sweet, it wasn't quite up to the caliber of her later work. 

I'll always read a romance with a more atypical MC, and the fact that one of the MCs is in a wheelchair certainly caught my attention. I liked how there were a number of emotional and logistical things that were addressed about the MC being in a wheelchair, though I prefer how the author really explored it further in "The Mating of Michael," a personal favorite of mine. 

Blogtour: One Queen of an Ending by Zachary Ryan

One Queen of an Ending 

Zachary Ryan 

(The High School Queens Trilogy, #3)

Published by: Kingston Publishing Company

Publication date: August 26th 2019

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult


It’s time to say goodbye to our Johnson Prep favorites before they all head off to college.
After the gossip-worthy events of graduation and the shocking death of one of their classmates, it seems The Queen of Queens wants to give Danielle, Bethany, Calvin, Tucker, and Aman one last hurrah. 
Will everything have a happy ending, or will one of our favorites end up 6 feet under? How will the war end with the salacious arrival of returning students, Andrew and Jasmine? They all had one lesson left to learn: Just because high school is over, doesn’t mean the high school drama ends. They’re all about to take their curtain call, but will it end as a comedy or a tragedy? 
Discover this sultry and thrilling end to the High School Queens Series.

Author's Top 10 Vacation Destinations:
  • New York City
  • LA
  • Maine
  • Seattle
  • Paris
  • Toronto
  • Barcelona
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • London

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Author Of The Month - Darien Cox - Week Three

Welcome to our 3rd week of celebrations for the amazing

In this week's post we'll look at The Village series, plus a personal story Darien has chosen to share. There's also another chance to win.

First up, Safe In Your Fire


When asked to locate and interview an off-the-grid former child star for a magazine feature, novice journalist Rudy Sansone thinks he’s getting yet another demeaning assignment from his boss. But finding ‘Baby James’ Waterman proves to be a personal and professional challenge, as the elusive, hostile, and surprisingly sexy James is nothing that Rudy expected.

But Rudy’s scrappy motivation to get the story at all costs plunges him into the mountain community of Singing Bear Village, where he senses strange and frightening secrets simmering beneath the surface. 
But what’s simmering between Rudy and his reluctant interview subject is something more carnal and heated, and his desire to be consumed by it clouds his judgement when warning bells urge him to flee the village and never look back.


Before his footfalls could announce his approach, Rudy paused. He studied the figure of the man tending the fire, noting now that he also held a cigar. The man took a puff, smoke spiraling wildly away from him as the wind grabbed it. 
He was tall, as James Waterman had appeared in his photographs. But unlike the teen in the pictures, this man had a thick, solid torso and broad shoulders. A tangle of long, wavy blond hair fell to his collar, rustling in the breeze. He wore no jacket, just jeans and a black, long-sleeved tee shirt that hugged a muscled back. The jeans were faded and baggy, but Rudy could still see powerful thighs and an ass that filled out the pockets. Sand-dusted brown hiking boots completed the ensemble. 
God I love a man with a little meat on him
A random, inappropriate thought to have under the circumstances. Rudy shook himself out of the sex zone, recalling his focus and reason for being here.
Was this James? This windswept vision on the beach? He was tall. He was blond. It had been ten years since that last photo was taken, but…
Just go talk to him for fuck sakes, find out for yourself.    
Rudy started toward the fire, shoes crunching on grainy sand. The blond man turned toward him, casually at first, like he expected it to be someone he knew. When he spotted Rudy, he froze, gripping the branch he’d been using to tend the fire, cigar in his other hand. 
“Hi,” Rudy said. “Are you JT?”
Rudy stopped walking when he got no answer, pinned under the man’s frozen stare. The scruff along his jaw was darker than his hair, cheeks slightly wind-burned. 
But the eyes were the key. Where they’d appeared dark in the pictures Rudy had, he could see, even with the distance between them, that they were actually blue. But it made no difference, aside from lending them luminosity. The shape was still the same. And Rudy knew without a doubt that he was looking at James Thomas Waterman. Older, more filled out, the bones in his face thicker—but the eyes didn’t lie. And though Rudy could clearly see it was the same person, pictures simply did not do this man justice. He was absolutely mesmerizing, beautiful and earthy, masculine and magical in the firelight.  
But then the mystical sex-creature spoke, and it was like a brick upside the head, the dreamy spell shattering.  
“You’re trespassing, asshole. Fuck off, you slimy piece of media shit, or I’ll have you arrested.” Turning toward the fire, he tossed his cigar into the flames. “Unless you prefer a mandibular fracture by way of my fist. Get off my property.”  
Somewhere, Rudy imagined, a unicorn was dying.

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Book 2, Deep In Your Shadows 


It’s been three months since the team were instructed to stay off the mountain, and Christian is going a little stir crazy. Until one rainy afternoon an object crashes into the water in Singing Bear Village, creating temporary chaos and confusion in the peaceful lakeside community. Given past events, Christian and his crew call Ogden, and their boss brings a specialized team to take over the situation, shutting out local law enforcement.

But Sheriff Myles Murphy doesn’t like being shut out, and is furious to have his authority superseded. Christian assures his boss that he can handle the local sheriff and assuage his suspicions, but it won’t be so easy. 
Because while Christian has harbored a secret crush on the man for two years, Sheriff Myles Murphy despises him.

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Book 3, Trapped In Your Storm


Autumn has local DJ and disinformation agent Elliot Nicholson feeling renewed. He’s moved past the depression and anxiety that plagued him over the summer, and lately his job has been blessedly free of crisis. But for Elliot and his colleagues, nothing remains peaceful for long in Singing Bear Village. Baz, their outlandish ambassador, may be missing.  
Strange anomalies in the forest suggest something’s amiss with their neighbors under the mountain. And an online conspiracy theorist claims to know all the team’s secrets, and is threatening exposure. Thankfully, Elliot has Nolan, his loyal friend and teammate who’s always kept him grounded. 
But one night an innocent lark goes too far, and Elliot is knocked off-balance when Nolan starts looking at him in a different way.

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And book 4, Caught In Your Wake 


When forest ranger Tim Patterson learned the frightening truth about his home town, it rocked his world. He’s always prided himself on being brave and strong, but it took some time to adjust to this new reality. With the help of his best friend Sheriff Myles Murphy, Tim has found his way back to his old self, though he’s still angry at the core team in Singing Bear Village for keeping him in the dark. Now he has to swallow his pride and ask for their help, because there are things going on in the forest lately he can’t explain.
What he doesn’t expect is that help to include the return of Tyler, who’s been gone from the village for ages. Tyler, the spooky, sexy young soldier who was there for Tim on a night he wasn’t brave or strong. A night he’d love to forget but can’t seem to get out of his mind.


“Why were you recruited?”
Tyler stared at him, silent.
“Does your black ops stare translate to ‘Shut up now, Tim’ or something like that?”
“Yeah. Something like that.”
“I see. Just give me a hint. Myles said Christian got recruited after he broke into the Pentagon. You do something like that?”
“No.” Tyler smiled. “I wasn’t recruited because I had a crazy-smart brain like JT or because I was a talented child-thief like Christian or anything like that. I’m here because I survived something when all odds were against me surviving. Ogden decided I was brave and that he could use me. And that really is the last I’m going to say about it.”
“Okay, got it.” Tim moved to the sofa, sitting down beside Tyler. “But again, thank you for prepping me today. You didn’t have to.”
Tyler eyed Tim shyly, clearly not expecting him to suddenly be there, sidled up right next to him. He didn’t look disappointed, but perhaps a bit flustered, which pleased Tim. It wasn’t easy to catch Tyler in a moment of discomposure. “I just want this all to go smoothly,” Tyler said. His lashes dipped as he cast his gaze to the floor. “If you’re in a good state of mind, helps everyone.”
“I see. So it’s all just work-related.”
“What else would it be?”
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