EXCERPT REVEAL for When August Ends by Penelope Ward

  EXCERPT REVEAL A Standalone Contemporary Romance Novel NY Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Penelope...
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REVIEW : Guardian’s Hope (Guardians of the Race #2) by Jacqueline Rhoades

       Guardian's Hope Guardians of the Race #2 Jacqueline Rhoades April 7th 2013   Hope Parsons has heard...
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Release Package: Broken Heart by Cybill Cain

    Title: Broken Heart: A Vampire Love Story Series: Stories of the Heart #2 Author: Cybill Cain Genre: Steamy...
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PreOrder Package: Mission: Impossible to Surrender by Jacki Delecki

    Title: Mission: Impossible to Surrender Series: The Impossible Mission Series Author: Jacki Delecki Genre: Military Romance Suspense Release...
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REVIEW : Denial (Careless Whispers #1)by Lisa Renee Jones

Title : Denial Author : Lisa Renee Jones Series : Careless Whispers #1 Release date : November 24th 2015 Rating : N/A Blurb : Book one in the CARELESS WHISPERS series. This is a standalone spin-off of the INSIDE OUT series (soon to be a TV show) that follows Ella Ferguson, Sara McMillan's best friend.Ella Ferguson awakes alone in Italy, unsure of who she is, and a gorgeous man has claimed her as his own. He’s tall, dark, and sexy, with money and power, the kind of man who makes a girl want to be

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Cover Reveal – I Dream of Spiders by Elle Keating

Today we have the cover reveal for Elle Keating’s I DREAM OF SPIDERS! Check it out and be sure to...
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REVIEW : Guardian’s Joy (Guardians of the Race #3) by Jacqueline Rhoades

        Guardian's Joy Guardians of the Race #3 Jacqueline Rhoades  March 10th 2015   Running from an unknown...
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Release Package: Anguished by TL Smith

    Title: Anguished Series: Crimson Elite #2 Author: T.L. Smith Genre: Romance (standalone) Release Date: February 19, 2019   It...
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Release Package: Stay All Night by DB James and SL Peters

    Title: Stay All Night Series: Sugarcreek Love #1 Author: D.B. James and S.L. Peters Genre: Contemporary Romance Release...
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Sales Package: Lady Guardians: Grace’s Redemption by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

    Title: Lady Guardians: Grace's Redemption Mase and Grace Part 1 Author: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle Genre: BWWM Motorcycle Romance...
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Release Blitz for Folie à Deux by Cynthia A. Rodriguez

    Title: Folie à Deux Author: Cynthia A. Rodriguez Genre: Dark Romance      Add on Goodreads      ...
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Cover Package: Missed Encounters by Scarlett Black

    Title: Missed Encounters Series: The Encounters Series #3 Author: Scarlett Hopper Genre: NA College Romance Release Date: March 7,...
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Cover Reveal for Bailie Hantam Breaking Her Defenses

    Title: Breaking Her Defenses  Author: Bailie Hantam  Genre: Contemporary Romance  Cover Design: Lee Ching / Under Cover Designs ...
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Cover Package: My Kind of Perfect by KL Jessop

    Title: My Kind of Perfect Author: K.L. Jessop Genre: Romantic Comedy Release Date: March 25, 2019 Cover Design: Najla...
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REVIEW : Blood to Dust by L.J. Shen

       Blood to Dust ---  L.J. Shen July 17th 2016   His name is Beat, and I should...
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Release Package: Until I Found You by Brooke O’Brien

    Title: Until I Found You (Heart's Compass #3) Author: Brooke O'Brien Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense Release Date: February 15, 2019...
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Blog Tour for Broken Glass by Pavan Kaur

  Title: Broken Glass  Author: Pavan Kaur  Genre: Dark Romance      Add to your TBR - Goodreads       ...
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REVIEW : Before I Fall (Falling #1) by Jessica Scott

       Before I Fall Falling #1 Jessica Scott  March 10th 2015   Stay focused. Get a job. Save...
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Blog Tour for Finding Marnie by MV Ellis

  Title: Finding Marnie: Rockstar Romance Author: MV Ellis  Genre: Contemporary Romance  Series: Heartless Few Book 4       ...
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REVIEW :Trouble Looming (Tapestry #2)by Natalie Alder

Title : Trouble Looming Author : Natalie Alder Series : Tapestry #2 Release date : February 7th 2015 Rating : 4 Stars Blurb :Cole Becker helped his father raise his younger siblings after their mother died. He helped his father take care of his aging parents until they passed away. Now it’s time for Cole to have the life he deserves. When he meets Sara, all of his dreams seem to finally be within reach…until things begin to fall apart. Their perfect romance soon becomes complicated, scary, even

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Release Package: Broken Heart by Cybill Cain

Title: Broken Heart: A Vampire Love Story
Series: Stories of the Heart #2
Author: Cybill Cain
Genre: Steamy Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 18, 2019




A vampire’s love lives forever. 
For thousands of years I waited to find my Sara.
She was everything to me.
Three years ago I lost her.
The time without her has left me a cold, empty, shell of man.
I had given up hope when I found her again.
But she doesn’t know who I am.
Someone has stolen her memories of our time together.
I’m going to make her remember our love.
I’m going to make her remember what my touch can do to her body.
I’m going to make her mine again, forever.
Then I’ll find those who took her from me, and I’ll make them pay.
***This is Stories of the Heart Book 2. To understand what is happening you need to have read Dark Heart, Stories of the Heart Book 1.
***If you missed Dark Heart, but are interested in picking up the series to review on your blog, I will provide ARC copies of both books upon request.
***This story ends on a cliffhanger.
***Book 3, Fiery Heart will be released April 29, 2019.




Cybill Cain writes stories about love, adventure and romance, and is the author of multi-award winning contemporary romance series The Chimera Club Stories.
She is an experienced journalist, blogger and fanfiction enthusiast who believes “every story is a love story.” 
She is also a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Alliance of Independent Authors.


Release Package: Anguished by TL Smith

Title: Anguished
Series: Crimson Elite #2
Author: T.L. Smith
Genre: Romance (standalone)
Release Date: February 19, 2019

It wasn’t meant to be this way—she shouldn’t have fallen for my brother and left me for him. But she did. And now I’m left to pick up the pieces of my shattered, broken heart. And to top it off, they want me to come to their wedding. Do they think I’m a pushover? Do they think of me as a joke?

The old saying stands true, ‘why have enemies when you can have family.’
I understand it now, better than I ever have in my life.
There’s one unexpected surprise though, Storm. She blew in just like one and makes the pain diminish. She’s exactly as her name describes her—she is a storm. A beautiful and powerful one.
But not all things are meant to last. Like a storm that wreaks havoc, some things cause anguish, and in my life she may very well be one of them.





Release Package: Stay All Night by DB James and SL Peters

Title: Stay All Night
Series: Sugarcreek Love #1
Author: D.B. James and S.L. Peters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 19, 2019
“Stay all night,” were the words echoing from her lips as I slid from the bed like the scumbag I am.
My name is Tobias Roman Jefferson. I’m a college drop-out fresh from living on my buddies’ couch and nowhere near worthy enough for the likes of Janie Lynn Francis—the hottest girl in Sugarcreek, Texas. Who also happens to be the woman I’ve been in love with for the last nineteen years.
When one stormy night we’re left stranded in my old cabin in the woods, we give to our passion. Only to repeat ourselves the next night…at her house. When she whispers her plea, I escape from her bed as fast as I possibly can.

How can I, the town screw-up, deem myself worthy of the town’s one-time homecoming queen?

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D.B. James is an indie author of New Adult Romance. Her debut novel released on August 19, 2016. In her spare time she’s an avid reader. Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher, Teagan Hunter, KA Tucker, Linda Kage, Renee Carlino, and Abbi Glines are a few of her obsessions. She’s a Michigan girl through and through but currently resides in sunny Florida. Sarcasm, Supernatural (team Sam!), Harry Potter and coffee are among her favorite things.


S.L. Peters is an indie author of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. Her debut release, Stay all Night—co-authored with D.B. James—releases on Feb. 19, 2019. She’s a lover of the written word and a devourer of books. She resides in North Carolina with her computer nerd husband, Dan, and their zoo of fur-babies. Including four dogs, Loki, Piper, Remy, and Grover…five cats, Allie, Klaus, Violet, Homie, and Astrid. She encourages stalking and loves meeting new readers.



Release Blitz for Folie à Deux by Cynthia A. Rodriguez



Title: Folie à Deux
Author: Cynthia A. Rodriguez
Genre: Dark Romance 
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Be careful with that one.

These are the first words of advice given to Abel Sommerfeldt upon entering Silverwing Mental Institution. He has no idea what awaits him here, in a place where hope goes to die, and demons run rampant.
Certainly not a disarmingly beautiful young woman with violent tendencies and an itch for defiance.

She’ll paint the walls red with your blood.

But Abel was never one to listen. Not even to his dead mother, whom he still hears, whispering warnings about the girl named Rose with white blonde hair who feels like fate.


He quickly discovers just how dangerous freedom is for Rosamunde Montgomery.
Because sometimes, the most beautiful roses are riddled with thorns.
And he’s willing to learn the hard way.








Cynthia hates writing her own bio. In her down-time, you can find her watching movies, ranging anywhere from classic to action flicks (she has a weakness for Marvel adaptations), and reading any novel she can get her hands on. 

She loves hearing from her readers! You can reach Cynthia at Both her Twitter and Instagram handles are @socynthsays. ‘Like’ her Facebook page at and visit her website,, where she blogs about books, writing, and leaves really great song suggestions



Release Package: Until I Found You by Brooke O’Brien

Title: Until I Found You (Heart’s Compass #3)
Author: Brooke O’Brien
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 15, 2019

Five years ago, Halle Keegan had consumed my whole world. Until one night when our lives changed forever. My existence was torn apart.
I’ve let my demons get the best of me, pushing away the people I love most to protect them. I swore I’d never come back home to Arbor Creek.
They say the truth will set you free.
When the truth is revealed, I’m forced to look my demons dead in the eye. I don’t deserve her or her forgiveness, but I’d give up my life if it meant keeping her safe.
This time around, she may be the only one who can save me.



“Brooke exceeded my expectations… YET AGAIN! When I thought I couldn’t end up loving her characters even more so than I already did when reading book 1 and 2 in the series, she completely obliterated this thought and showed me I COULD fall even more in love with them.” – Melissa, Melissafandomworld Blog

“Once again, Brooke had me captivated with the couple and hooked on the storyline. And its no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of secondary and returning characters so it was great to see the gang again. Another amazing 5 star book from Brooke O’Brien!” – Emma, Ever Growing Book Obsession Blog

“This book was definitely worth waiting for! I am in love with Graham and Halle’s story. It was everything I was hoping for and more. It was heartbreaking and so beautiful. I was also happy that we got to see Maverick and Ryan again. I can’t wait for more of this series!” – Naomi, Goodreads Reviewer


Until I Found You by Brooke O’Brien

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Brooke O’Brien is the Author of the Heart’s Compass series and the recently published Tattered Heart duet.
Growing up Brooke always had a love of writing; she started out writing poetry when she was young and began journaling her thoughts as she grew older. Diving headfirst into a good book has always been therapeutic for her. Now her two passions have collided.
Brooke believes you can cure any bad day with chocolate or by going on a long drive with the windows down and the music turned up! She’s found that’s when her characters talk to her the most! If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll probably find her spending time with her family and friends, watching Hawkeye football or NBA basketball, going to the movies, or collecting signed paperbacks.
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Release Blitz for Playing For Time by Leesa Bow


Title: Playing For Time 
Author: Leesa Bow 
Genre: Sports Romance 
Series: The Bay Series #6 



As a flight attendant, I meet a lot of famous people. Some I never see again.
Darcy Rayne was the exception.
The handsome, sexy king of the football world.
At first, I denied the attraction. 
I don’t date players. Especially the off-field kind.
I’m a regular girl, and my world is too small for someone like him.
Turned out, I underestimated a footballer’s determination and focus to never give up.
So, I gave in.

He had a dream before me.
Almost lost it because of me.
In my darkest hour when I needed him most, he got his dream.

And I lost a piece of my heart.

Playing for Time is a stand alone read, and Book 6 in The Bay series.





Leesa Bow is a romance author who began her writing journey years ago when her daughter fell ill. After writing for therapy Leesa now can’t imagine doing anything else. Thankful to be following her passion for romance, she is living out her own happy ever after with her husband in Brisbane, Australia. 

In her spare time Leesa enjoys watching sport, having beach days with the family, catching up for coffee with girlfriends, and taking long walks. Most importantly the cinema dates with her husband to watch all the Marvel movies.



Release Package: The Right Man by Michelle Mankin

Title: The Right Man
Author: Michelle Mankin
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 14, 2019
Cover Design: Michelle Preast at IndieBookCovers
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Model: Florian Tarpinian

“An OMGGGGG!!! BEST book! 💗💗💗 You will fall head over heels for the tough as nails but sweet as a peach pie Jewel!! Of course you’re going to die for Rush (who wouldn’t love the front man of band). I promise you this magical book will pull you in to a real life fairy tale with some angst and heartbreak and piece you right back together!!!!”–Kim Box Person, Advance Reviewer

A pretty woman and a handsome rock star.
A modern retelling of Cinderella by New York Times bestselling author Michelle Mankin.
A once upon a time with a hooker who used to be a good girl and a bad boy lead singer living a lie.
Two lost and lonely souls and a chance encounter on a dark street corner in LA.
Is it happenstance, fate or a fairy tale?
Can a hookup for cash become a happily ever after?
Michelle Mankin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels. 
Rock stars and romance. Love and lyrical ever afters.

Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a BRUTAL STRENGTH centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry. 
Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the TEMPEST series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there. 
Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the MAGIC series. 
Catch the perfect wave with irresistible surfers in the ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES series. 
Romance and self-discovery, the FINDING ME series is a Tempest spin off with a more experienced but familiar cast of characters. 
Exploring the sexual double standards for women, the ROCK F*CK CLUB series is a girl-power fueled reality show series with rock stars. 
When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock or NOLA funk music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend.
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TEMPEST series (also available in audio):
The MAGIC series (also available in audio):
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ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES series (also available in audio): 
High Tide
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FINDING ME series (also available in audio):


Rock F*ck Club series (also available in audio): 



Rock F*ck Club #2, A Postseason One Novella, Book 2: 
Rock F*ck Club #3, Book 3: 
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Release Package: Beta Test by Karen Renee

Title: Beta Test
Series: Beta Series Novel
Author: Karen Renee
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: February 12, 2019
Justine is adjusting to life after a divorce. A friend insists on setting her up with a man. She will not have another Alpha male in her life. Her next man will be an easy-going “Beta” male.
James does not believe in long term relationships. After he meets Justine, he’s certain bachelorhood is it for him. When work brings James to her home, their chemistry ignites.
Will they give love a chance?

“Where are you?” Natasha demanded, then added, “I know you’re at some waxing place, but are you on Fleming Island? How far are you from Ruby Tuesday’s? Mallory and I are en route there, and you’re joining us.”
How had I ever missed just how pushy Natasha could be? I kept that to myself and answered, “I’m probably fifteen minutes from the restaurant.”
“Good. We should be there at the same time then.”
She hung up on me and I realized that was a big part of why I didn’t like pushiness. It often bordered on rudeness. While I was thinking of it, I called Ashley.
“What up, home slice?” she greeted.
“I’d say my hair follicles, but really they’re just gone, not up.”
“Oh! So, you finally went.”
I pressed the start button on my vehicle. “Yes, yes. It’s done, so your discount should be in their system now. Anyway, what are you and the kids up to?”
“The kids are both at parties now until this evening. I should study, but, well, you know how that shit goes.”
“Wanna do lunch? Natasha and Mallory have insisted I meet them at Ruby Tuesday’s on the island. You can be my wing-woman.” 
Ashley mulled it over for a moment. “Sure, I’ll do lunch with you. Just lunch though, because then I’ll have to get back here and hit the damn books.”
“What do you mean sometime in the next few weeks? They’re the government, surely they know when a huge-ass ship is going to come into Mayport,” Mallory groused at my sister.
Ashley’s face took on the same patient look she gave me when I didn’t understand something that only military families understood. “First, even if they did have a specific date, Uncle Sam isn’t going to allow the sailors to share that with their families. One, because you never know when somebody could say something to the wrong person and then…well, the old adage could feasibly become true. ‘Loose lips sink ships.’ Two, because navigating the ocean is dependent on the weather even if the ship has motors and doesn’t rely on wind and all that shit like in the old days. They aren’t bringing one of those behemoths into port if conditions are foggy or whatever.”
“Yeah, yeah. Mallory has diverted this conversation terribly,” Natasha said. “Did your husband really say you needed to use a weed whacker on your business? You need to set that sailor straight without delay.”
Ashley looked at Natasha. “That’s why I needed Justine to head over to the spa too. Now, I can see to things and not break the bank.”
“That ain’t what I meant.”
I weighed in. “Natasha, I don’t think you realize this, but one doesn’t just set a Navy bad-ass straight.”
She pursed her lips at me. “Oh, yes I do, Justine. When I met Leon, I was in college and he was finishing out his four-year term with the Navy. I know plenty about getting that sort of alpha male in line. Now seriously, Ashley, are you going to let him get away with that sort of thing?”
Ashley smirked. “Believe me. Jason’s going to be surprised when he sees the measures I’ve taken.”
“Will he be waxing poetic?” I asked.
Mallory suddenly snapped her fingers at me. “You did yours for James, didn’t you? That’s oddly sweet.”
Shaking my head, I said, “No, I did this because Jane of the Jungle, here, needed her discount.”


Ashley shoved me in the arm. “Do not make me get into a knock-down drag-out with you in the middle of Ruby Tuesday’s, Justine.”
Karen Renee is the author of the Riot MC Series. She has wanted to be a writer from a very early age, and she’s finally bringing that dream to life. She has worked in advertising, banking, and local television media research. She is a proud wife and mother, and a Jacksonville native. When she’s not at the soccer field or cooking, you can find her at her local library, the grocery store, in her car jamming out to some tunes, or hibernating while she writes and/or reads books.


Release Day Blitz – Solitue by AK Evans

Today we have the release blitz for A.K. Evans upcoming romance, Solitude. Check it out and be sure to pick up your copy today!

Title: Solitude

Author: A.K. Evans

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Solitude:

Lorenzo De Luca’s troubled past has left him a shell of a man. The blood that runs through his veins feels toxic. Determined to not let history repeat itself, Lorenzo vows to protect others from the violence that lives inside him.


But when Jolie Moore literally stumbles into his arms and his life, Lorenzo finds himself captivated by her larger-than-life personality. Jolie’s pull is strong, making it difficult for him to keep his promise. It’s hard to resist the urge to connect with the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve, but Lorenzo knows he needs to lock his heart away to keep her safe.


Because his legacy has the power to destroy.


Jolie’s never been one to back down from a challenge, and her resolve to help him heal is strong. Lorenzo is wary, already content having found peace in solitude. But it isn’t long before Jolie shows him that he’s shielded others from a man who only has the capacity to love.

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“Thanks again for making sure I didn’t completely embarrass myself earlier,” I broke the silence between us.

“You’re welcome. Are you always so clumsy?”

My eyes widened. “What?”

“That’s the second time I’ve saved you from getting your face busted open,” he clarified. “I’m just wondering if that’s a normal thing for you.”

I shook my head. “No, it seems to only happen around you.”

He offered one slow nod but said nothing in response. His eyes left mine and he scanned the room.

“Lorenzo?” I called.

He dropped his stare to me and answered, “Yeah?”

“What’s happening?”

He pulled his brows together. “Come again?”

“It’s just…” I stammered. “I feel like there’s something more going on here between us.”

“Fuck,” he muttered quietly, looking away from me. He took several moments to live inside his own head. When he looked at me again, his eyes were haunted. “Do you want this one day?” he asked.

“I’m sorry?”

“A wedding? Marriage? Commitment?”

I felt my body get tight. “Sure, yeah, I mean, one day I want to get married. But not now.”

“Right. Then you need to understand now that I’m not that man and I never will be,” he stated firmly.

“Okay,” I replied, stretching out the word hoping to indicate my confusion at his statement.

He didn’t offer an explanation, but I was still curious. Was he saying that he was okay with a one-night fling, but nothing long-term?

“So, if I had said that I was just looking for a hookup, would you have had a different response?” I wondered.

His eyes flared. “Is that your thing? Having a random hookup?”

I shook my head slowly. “No, but that doesn’t answer my question.”

He shrugged his shoulders. “If you were anyone else, sure. But you’re not just anyone else. And that means nothing will ever happen between us. Ever,” he stated firmly and with such conviction.

My whole body went rigid as my eyes darted back and forth trying to figure out how I could have so easily mistaken the glances from him and the attraction I thought was mutual.

“I don’t understand. Are you not attracted to me?”

Something flashed in his eyes. Regret maybe? Frustration perhaps? I couldn’t tell, but it didn’t matter because he answered, “Doesn’t matter, you and I won’t ever happen, Jolie.”

Thankfully, at that moment, the song ended.

I pulled out of his hold and walked away. I went to the bathroom so I could pull myself together. When I stepped out a few minutes later and returned to the reception hall for the dinner, I stopped at the bar and grabbed myself a drink.

If Lorenzo didn’t want me, that was his loss. Clearly, he believed I wasn’t good enough for him. That was fine; I was going to enjoy myself tonight. I kept my attention focused on anyone and anything other than Lorenzo. As the night went on, I had more drinks and did a lot of dancing.

Putting him out of my mind, or at least telling myself that that is what I was doing, was the best decision I could have made. Because if I hadn’t, I would have realized that he spent the rest of the night with his eyes on me.




About A.K. Evans:

A.K. Evans is a married mother of two boys residing in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from Lafayette College in 2004 with two degrees (one in English and one in Economics & Business), she pursued a career in the insurance and financial services industry. Not long after, Evans realized the career was not for her. She went on to manage her husband’s performance automotive business and drive the shop race cars for the next thirteen years. While the business afforded her freedoms she wouldn’t necessarily have had in a typical 9-5 job, after eleven years she was no longer receiving personal fulfillment from her chosen career path. Following many discussions, lots of thought, and tons of encouragement, Andrea decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.

Between her day job, writing, and homeschooling her two boys, Evans is left with very little free time. When she finds scraps of spare time, Evans enjoys reading, doing yoga, watching NY Rangers hockey, dancing, and vacationing with her family. Andrea, her husband, and her children are currently working on taking road trips to visit all 50 states (though, Alaska and Hawaii might require flights).

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Release Package: How Deep Is Your Love by Kathryn Shay


Title: How Deep Is Your Love
Series: The Gentileschi Sisters #4
Author: Kathryn Shay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 12, 2019
The Gentileschi Sisters are daughters of a king, princesses who come to the U.S. to pursue their careers and fall in love with seemingly unsuitable men.
The last thing Brie Gentileschi wants is to deal with someone who reminds her of her kidnapping last year. But when Dante Federico arrives as the new gym teacher at her school, she keeps flashing back to an event that could have ruined her life.
Flummoxed by fourth grade teacher Gabriella Gentileschi’s cold shoulder, Dante has never had to deal with her kind of animosity. He’s just an all-around guy, looking to get along with his colleagues, teach little ones to stay fit, and live a normal life.
When Dante discovers a young student in need of help, he and Brie must work together for the welfare of the child. Who knew he’d be the one, rather than all the counseling and yoga, to help her heal from her wounds? Their journey will make readers ache for both of them.
Praying she’d be able to keep her eyes open for the drive home, Brie Gentileschi started her Volvo’s engine, checked the mirrors for any traffic in the teacher’s lot and backed up slowly. Oh my God! Another car was barreling down at her from the left. Her heart pounding, Brie put her foot on the brake so she could switch the gear to drive. Oh, God, she didn’t stop moving…
A loud crash.
A jarring bump.
The impact threw Brie back, then inertia thrust her forward into the steering wheel. Her head spun. When she recovered, she realized what happened.
Releasing the seatbelt, she exited the car. A coworker leapt out of the oncoming vehicle that had halted a few feet away and rushed over. “I’m so sorry, Brie. I was in a hurry because my kid’s sick. Are you hurt?”
“I’m, um, no I’m not hurt, Betsy. It’s my fault anyway. I thought I put my foot on the brake, to go back into where I was parked, but I must have kept it on reverse. Are you hurt?”
“No. I stopped short but I’m okay. What do you want me to do?”
“Nothing. The near accident wasn’t your fault. Go pick up your son.”
Betsy angled her head to the side. “I don’t recognize the car you hit. I’ve never seen it here before.” The staff was small at Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary School. “Whose is it?”
A deep voice came from behind. “It’s mine.”
Brie glanced over her shoulder.
Betsy said, “Dante?”
He crossed to them. “Are either of you hurt?”
Shaking her head, Betsy shot a glance at Brie.
“I’m fine. But your car…” Brie looked at the white vehicle more closely. “The whole back end is smashed in.”
“What happened?” Dante’s voice was calm, but concerned.
Betsy explained about her part in the accident.
“Go then. You can get around Brie’s Volvo.”
After Betsy left, he said, “Gabriella, don’t worry about the car.”
“Are you kidding? This is going to cost a bundle. It’s a classic, isn’t it? I hope the back end can be fixed. I’ll pay for the repairs.”
“My sisters and I own a collision shop. One of them will come tow it, and we’ll do the work.”
She stared at the crumpled back end. “I’ve never seen this one in the parking lot.”
He hesitated. “First time I’ve driven it to school. My Chevy wouldn’t start this morning, so I took this one.”
“And I crash into the trunk.” She felt tears in her eyes but willed them back. She’d spent sixteen months building up her confidence and inner strength, and she wasn’t going to be fragile ever again. Especially for something like this.
Reaching out, he touched her arm. “You okay?”
“Definitely. I’m so sorry, Dante. I’m exhausted. I didn’t sleep well and barely made it through the day. I should have called an Uber to get home.”
Leaning back on his heels, he jammed his hands into his pockets. “Back-to-school this year has to be hard for you.”
“It shouldn’t be. So, how do you want to handle the car?”
“I’ll phone Tris right now. She’ll have somebody out here in no time. I hope your car is okay. Why don’t you try to pull it away and see?”
She peered down at her hands. They were shaking.
“Want me to I do it?”
“No. Call your sister.” She went to her car, opened the door and slid inside. He’d turned his back to her so she breathed in deeply for a few moments to calm herself, then started the engine, made sure the car was in drive, and moved forward into the space it had occupied.
When she approached him, he was still on the phone. “Yeah, I know, honey. Just send somebody. It isn’t drivable.”
“I’m so sorry,” Brie reiterated when he clicked off. “As I said, I’ll pay for everything.”
“Not necessary. Like I said, my sisters and I…”
“Stop it, Dante.” Her words were sharp so she softened her tone. “I have lots of money and I insist.”
His dark chocolate eyes twinkled, a bright spot in the dismal situation. “Yeah, somebody told me about the princess stuff.”
“So I’ll take care of the cost.”
“I have another idea. You can pay me back by having coffee with me every day in school for the rest of the week.”
She was about to object, but she remembered what he told Lexy last spring when she came to talk to Brie’s students about her books….
I replaced him, you know.
Eddie Smith? The man who’d kidnapped her.
That’s right, he taught physical education.
I’m afraid nobody here likes me.
I’m so sorry.
That’s okay. I’ll win them over.
Ashamed that she hadn’t done anything last spring about the shunning, she said, “I’ll have coffee with you if that’s what you want, but I’m paying for repairs, too.”
“That’s something we can discuss when we meet tomorrow.”
She hoped agreeing to spend time with Dante Federico wasn’t a mistake. In all honesty, she’d avoided him because he caused her to flash back to when she was kidnapped. The last thing she needed was to make the nightmares return.
A NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises, and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year, and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, and PEOPLE magazine. There are over seven million copies of her books in print, along with three million downloaded online. Reviewers have called her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”

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